How to keep busy when you're stuck at home
With the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping across the world, many of us are finding ourselves isolated at home for long stretches of time. Facing days stuck in the house can feel daunting if you’re self-isolating, in lockdown or choosing to stay home to protect our more vulnerable citizens. Here are some tried and tested activities to keep yourself busy during your time at home.
Now is the perfect time to dust off those old board games you’ve kept stashed away in a wardrobe for years. A game of Monopoly or Scrabble can be a great way of beating the boredom and introducing some friendly competition into your household. If you live alone it doesn't mean you have to miss out - try online games like Words With Friends.
Just because you can’t go out for a meal at your favourite restaurants doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. Cook your favourite recipe or perhaps something new that you haven't had the time to try until now. Take your time and enjoy the process of cooking without the stress of a schedule.
You know that cleaning task you said you’d do when you got a chance? Well, now is your chance. Cleaning might not sound exciting but it is certainly productive!
Learning to play a musical instrument is another one of the activities that usually lands in the ‘when I get a chance’ pile. If you are stuck at home now is the perfect chance. All you need is your instrument, YouTube and patience!
Spending some time outdoors gardening is a great way of getting some fresh air. You don't even need to have a backyard to enjoy gardening - a balcony or a windowsill for some plant pots is all you need to stay connected with nature.
Just because you are social distancing doesn't mean you can't be social. Stay connected with family and friends regularly with a phone call, message or video chat.
Yes, now is the time to get organised! If you haven’t watched ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ on Netflix, do it now and then clean out that bottom drawer you’ve been avoiding. You’ll feel so much better for it.
Stay at home cleaning also includes our digital life. Take some time out to tidy up your computer's desktop, backup your treasured holiday photos to the cloud and delete those cat videos you’ve been storing no good reason. (Perhaps also give your keyboard and mouse a clean with disinfectant wipes.)
Staying at home during the coronavirus can leave us feeling a little flat. Give yourself a much-needed pick-me-up by cranking your favourite tune and dancing your heart out in your living room.
Just because you are stuck at home doesn't mean you have to give up on exercise. There are thousands of online programs and apps that will give a workout as good as at the gym.
Reading is usually something most of us save for beach holidays or long-haul flights. Use this time at home to rediscover your favourite author or read that book you’ve always wanted to but never got to.
Missing drinks with your friends? Grab a glass of wine or a beer, jump online and have a video chat party. Just be careful not to spill your drink on your keyboard. (Image: Instagram @pollicinocarre)
WIth the 24 hour news cycle and quickly changing government restrictions it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Taking a minute to be still and present in the moment has been proven to combat anxiety. Use a mindfulness app or simply take a quiet moment to close your eyes for one minute and focus on your breathing.
Whether you love racing, Call of Duty or old school Super Mario, there’s no better way to escape than an afternoon playing video games.
Sadly thousands of gigs, tours and festivals have been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. A number of artists and bands are now performing to no audience and streaming their shows online to thier fans instead.
If you’ve ever been too embarrassed to admit you haven't seen a classic movie like Casablanca or The Godfather, now is your time to catch up!
Capture your thoughts and feelings during your time at home by journaling. Use the web to look up journaling prompts to get you started.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw? Or perhaps you’ve always wondered how to knit. Now is the time to hit YouTube and learn a new skill.
Catch up on that TV series your friends are always talking about. Just pick a streaming service, put up your feet and head to episode one.
Just because you are stuck at home doesn't mean you can't learn. There are thousands of online courses available on the web teaching everything from learning to code through to life skills for happiness.
If you have kids, you no doubt know what it's like to be increasingly caught up in the business of life. Use this time at home to get back to basics and really play with your kids.
Is there anything more soothing than the smell of warm pastry or freshly baked cupcakes?
Puzzles might sound daggy but they are a great way to pass the time and are super rewarding. If you need something more to keep your brain active try sudoku or the daily crossword in your local paper.
Overwhelmed by emails? Here is the opportunity you have been looking for - get your inbox to zero!
If you are looking for a little inspiration in these strange times spend some time browsing for new podcasts or check out some of the most popular TED talks. You’ll be entertained and may just learn something new.