So, how is everyone dealing with lockdown? This is such a crazy time and sometimes I can’t believe something like this has actually happened – it’s like a scene from a movie. If I’m honest, I thought I’d struggle a lot more than I have so far. But, I’m aware that I’m so lucky as I’m isolating with family and have the luxury of a garden to chill in which just makes it all that little bit easier. Saying that, I’ve still got weeks to go…
Although I’m an introvert and love my time alone in the house, I also have a real need to ‘do’, to go out and experience things (Kendall Jenner vibes there – if you know, you know.) My boyfriend gets so frustrated with me as I find it so hard to stay at home for a whole weekend, let alone another three plus weeks! I can deal with a day, in fact I love finding things to occupy myself for a day alone, but I feel like I’ll really struggle for this extended period. All that keeps going round and round in my head is the ‘bored in the house and I’m in the house bored’ tik tok – anyone else?
So, I’ve created a list of things to do at home when you’re bored, mostly for myself to be honest – I need ideas – but also to share with you. I feel like variety is key to keeping things fresh and interesting. It’s best to have a few things you can do so you can chop and change over the weeks to keep yourself entertained. So, here is my list of 8 different ways to keep yourself busy whilst staying at home!
I feel like this is an easy one that so many people do anyway. But, sometimes I find that I lose some motivation to read when I’ve read so many books of the same genre consecutively. Now is such a good time to branch out of your comfort zone and try a few books of different genres that you wouldn’t usually explore. Maybe try some non-fictions or biographies, or if you love romance books, maybe try a thriller. I’d recommend Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd (the fascinating memoir of a forensic pathologist), Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (another brilliant thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train), and One of Us is Lying (a Y/A murder-mystery/romance with lovable characters and a great plot twist).
2. Keep yourself moving
One of the best things to keep you occupied is to keep yourself moving. As I’m now working from home, I wanted to make sure I was still getting my blood flowing everyday. I’ve been following Alexandra Cane’s Happy Body Plan and the 10 minute HIIT workouts are making me feel so much better – both physically and mentally. There are so many free workouts on YouTube, and lots of people are doing live workouts over on Insta too! However, you don’t need to do high intensity stuff if it’s not your thing, a low intensity walk is enough. The benefits of exercise on your mental health are so widely proven, and now is most definitely the best time to practice it.
3. Get artistic
I find this so therapeutic! Even if you don’t think you’re that good at drawing or painting, spending half an hour or so just doodling is so good for the brain. It helps so much if watching the news is getting a bit too much. If you’re stuck for ideas, there are plenty of lists online to inspire you. You could doodle a tree or sketch a picture of your dog – or even do a hyper-realistic colour-painting of a piece of fruit! Something I love to do is draw something based on my favourite song lyrics – Ocean Eyes by Billie Eilish has been my most recent inspiration. Adult colouring books are great too – and there are plenty of blank drawings floating about online for you to print out and colour in!
4. Practice photography
Don’t worry, you don’t need any fancy camera equipment for this one! Phone cameras are so good now, and if you’re running out of things to do, practising your photography is a great way to occupy your time. As we’re having such good weather at the moment, lighting is great for getting good shots. If you have a garden, get out there and capture pretty spring flowers, or experiment with product shots inside – you could get creative with your editing too.
5. Learn some new recipes
Now that we can’t always get takeaways or eat out as much as we’d like (I can’t wait to be able to go our for breakfast again!), it’s the perfect time to nail those dinner recipes we’ve had saved for ages. Get creative with your meals to keep things exciting – you could even practice your favourite dishes and host a dinner party when this is all over. It doesn’t just have to be food – as we can’t go to bars anymore, why not try some new cocktail recipes and host your own happy hour from home!
This is something I’ve never really done before but have really got into recently. I ordered some scrapbooking essentials from Amazon and got cracking on creating collages of memories. I’ve chosen to do a travel themed scrapbook, as well as a book on each year of my University experience, but you can make a scrapbook of anything that interests you! It’s also a lovely way to reminisce on good memories from before lockdown – and look forward to those soon to come.
This is another hobby I’ve picked up since I’ve been staying home. I absolutely love to write, and I find journaling lets me do that without having to think about writing a novel or blog posts. And it takes my mind off things! All you have to do is grab a cute notebook and write about whatever you want. There’s so many prompts online that I love. I write so many lists and answer questions; it fills a lot of time and is so good for self-reflection. I’ve never been one for bullet journaling myself, but that’s also a good thing to start right now if that is your kind of thing.
If you’re on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen the influx in people baking banana bread right now! But, as the trends suggest, it’s a great thing to do when you’re stuck at home. I feel like this is the perfect time to try some more adventurous recipes and fill your home with delicious treats. I love to get my recipes from Jane’s Patisserie – there’s so many creative recipes that everyone will love. My personal favourite is Mint Aero rocky road! So good!
I hope this list has given you a few ideas! I now really want to bake so will definitely be checking what ingredients we have in the house. This current situation is not ideal (to say the least), but I’m trying to make the best of it. I hope you’re staying safe and you’re not too bored.