Whether it’s a pandemic such as the coronavirus, political happenings or anything else, you may be stuck on what to do in a lockdown. Many countries across the world have been placed on lockdown and more are about to follow suit. This has just happened to the country I’m blogging from, Nepal. If you’re like myself and a lively outgoing person, you may be stuck on what to do. Well, lucky for you before the lockdown, practising social distancing made me familiar with my home environment. Allowing myself to have fruitful and activity-filled days from home. To give you some insights, here are
15 things to do on a lockdown:
1. Work Out!
Whatever your accommodation is, there are lots of home workouts online. You have google at your footsteps and can search a range of platforms. Likewise, there are lots of free youtube videos out there, which you can choose to use no equipment or equipment targeting different body areas. A favourite channel of mine is Fitness Blender. As they show the minimum and the maximum calories burned. Likewise, they have a range of work out times. All you need is a floor space!
2. Read books
Go the old school way and read a range of fiction/non-fiction. Take your mind to another realm and get lost in creative or informative literature. Don’t worry if you don’t have a collection of books. You can purchase online either in the form of an e-book, download for free on your digital device. Similarly, studies have shown that regularly reading can improve your brain function. Take some time out, sit in peace and relax.
3. Clean your house
If you’re like me, once you’ve done a bit of cleaning, you feel like you’ve accomplished something. Not only does it help you have a tidy house, but cleaning will also help empty the emotional weight off your mind. I wouldn’t say to do it every day while you’re on lockdown, however, schedule to clean your house every few days. It can quickly get dirty if your family are in the house. Similarly, try and keep on top of little activities such as dishes, the bathroom, and vacuuming as a cleaner house often translates into a clutterless mind.
4. Speak to your Loved ones
Whether you live with family or friends, make time and talk to them. If you don’t live with them, give them a video call each day and make them aware of how much you love them. Our lives become so consumed up by technology; we often forget the ancient art of conversation. No doubt, lockdowns are a stressful period for anyone. Therefore it’s important to chat to your loved ones to see how they’re doing and interact with them.
Try baking a new dish or one of your favourites. The world is your oyster, and there are so many recipes and tutorials online to follow. Maybe even teach someone at home a favourite recipe of yours. If there’s limited food supply at the supermarkets, this is your time to be creative and invent new dishes with what food you have.
6. Undergo a course
Now is the time to invest in yourself and learn something new. Many websites such as a Udemy, Khan Academy, Udacity and many more have an abundance of courses. Try something new, take notes and do activities set from the courses. They are only a small price, and you learn so much you can apply to your life at a later date.
If you’re fortunate to have a house with a garden, mow the lawn. Why don’t you pick out the bad weeds? Water the plants or replant them?
No doubt this is an unusual situation you’re in, but you should make the most of it. Especially with what’s going on at the moment, the coronavirus pandemic. Why not create a daily account, so your children and their grandchildren will be able to read and interpret your emotions. Writing is often deemed as therapeutic, and it may be a good release from your emotions.
If you do not have much meditation experience don’t fret, there are courses, youtube videos and free apps incorporating different meditation styles. All you need is a bit of space to sit down, relax and switch off. Practising mindfulness allows you to be in the here and now. There have been many benefits shown, such as reduced anxiety, greater self-awareness and heightened attention span, to name a few.
All you need are pencils, paints and paper. Let your hands flow and express yourself, portray how you feel. Allow your muscles to relax and make beautiful creations. If you want to get creative, paint/draw as you undergo an online lesson.
11. Play Board Games
There’s nothing wrong with sparking a bit of competition between members in your household. Dig out the game of monopoly, uno, scrabble or anything else. Re-ignite bonds and open up new channels of conversation between your loved ones. Similarly, if you live on your own, there are online games where you can play against random players or connect with your friends to compete against your own home.
12. Journal/create a schedule
As you’ll be spending so much time in your house, you must create a schedule to keep your mind and body active. You can do this in many ways; one way could be writing out of all your essential tasks that lie ahead for the day. Likewise creating a schedule with different activities to do at various times on a weekly basis.
13. Binge-watch tv-series/movie
You can get so much incredible tv-series from Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Hulu and many more full of binge-worthy shows. However, just be careful how much you absorb yourself with these and try to keep productive instead of being in front of the tv or laptop screen.
14. Give yourself a makeover
You don’t have to have many beauty products such as hair dye, waxing, manicure or pedicure. However, there’s plenty of home remedies to make face masks, skin creams, get rid of stretch marks, pluck your eyebrows and many more. All you need to do is look online, and you can find a wide range of ways to make natural beauty treatments.
15) Play music– Things to do in a lockdown
Music is one of the best ways to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter which enhances our emotions. Similarly, if you have a guitar, keyboard or any other instrument get creative and play some songs. Maybe even find a way to create your household instrument and become creative.
These are just a few suggestions of 15 things to do in a lockdown. I’m sure there are many more out there and what you can come up with to do. Lockdowns are only temporary, don’t worry keep your mind and body busy. Try to do a few of these 15 things to do in a lock down. You’ve got this.