Despite the recent news of vaccine approval and distribution, it seems that sporadic lockdowns are here to stay until COVID-19 is under control. While lockdowns are not ideal, they seem to be one of the best ways to reduce the spread of the virus. In order to make your lockdown experience a bit brighter, I have compiled a list of activities to do around the house that will help you overcome boredom!
1. Clean around the House
I know – cleaning is not one of my favorite past times. However, it is a very productive activity that will leave you feeling better than you did before you started. It may take a couple of days to actually work yourself up to clean, and that’s OK! Cleaning is a taxing chore, and it can take hours to complete one area of your living space. But once you actually begin to clean it’s hard to stop, so make sure you’re prepared to spend the day hard at work!
Reading is a great way to escape the real world and dive into the lives of fictional characters. There are millions and millions of books out there, which gives you a wide range of options. Along with being a fun past time, reading has health benefits that include: improving memory and making us more positive people.
3. Try New Recipes
Before COVID, I was not someone that enjoyed baking or cooking. However, as the boredom started to get to me, I decided to try it out, and I realized that it can be fun! Not all recipes are difficult, and with the internet there are hundreds of different ones at our fingertips. While it can be frustrating, it is OK to mess up – it’s a part of cooking. It’s fun to pick out mistakes and improve as you recreate dishes. There are so many fun recipes out there to try, and the best part is being able to eat your hard work after you’ve finished.
4. Start a Journal
Journaling can be a very helpful and fulfilling activity. Journals can be used for simple things, such as writing about your day, but they can also be very helpful when you need to get something off of your chest. It can be difficult to articulate our feelings out loud, and having a journal to write down those feelings can help get them off your chest and ease your mind.
5. Practice Self-Care
Self-Care comes in many shapes and forms. Basically, it is whatever you need to do to make yourself feel good. It can be napping, exercising, taking a bath, or just spending time by yourself. Everyone needs a break from the real world, even if the real world is confined to your home during the lockdown period. Listen to your body, and do what you need to do in order to feel alright.
6. Movie Marathon
What’s better than snuggling up under a warm blanket to watch a good movie while it’s cold outside? With the plethora of streaming services available to us today, it seems as if there are an unlimited amount of movies waiting to be watched. Moviegoing is a past time we haven’t been able to fully enjoy thanks to the coronavirus, but we can make the most of what we have at home. As Christmas approaches, watch some of your favorite holiday movies, and make finishing a popular movie series one of your New Year’s Resolutions!
7. Complete a Puzzle
Many of us remember puzzling as an activity we did on rainy days when we were children, but they can be just as fun as adults! They can be done in groups or solo, and can be split up into an activity that takes several days to complete. There are different levels of difficulty when it comes to puzzles, so you could choose from smaller, simpler puzzles or challenging 1000 piece puzzles that take hours to complete!