The UK lockdown has been extended until at least 7th May and possibly even after that. I think it’s pretty safe to say we all saw that coming. But at this point you may be struggling to find enough to do to keep yourself entertained during lockdown and stay sane.
And while we understand isolation and social distancing are completely necessary right now, it doesn’t make staying at home 24/7 any easier. Especially when you can’t see your friends or family.
The good news is, there are so many things you can do to keep your mind and body busy until we’re allowed to go to the pub… I mean get on with our lives again. And best of all, most of these are completely free (or budget-friendly).
So to make your lockdown a little bit easier, here are 13 ways you can keep yourself entertained during lockdown.
1. Perfect your downward-facing dog
Picture this, you get up early and walk to your local park or beach, roll out your yoga mat and salute the sun like an absolute pro. If you’ve always fancied becoming a world-class yogi, now could be the perfect time!
2. Sweat it out
You might not be able to go to the gym, but you can still get your sweat on with your favourite at-home workout. YouTube is full of videos so you’re bound to find a free workout that suits you. There’s even a collection for those who live in a flat and don’t want to do too much jumping around.
3. Try a new recipe
Now that restaurants are closed and we’ve got a lot more time on our hands, cooking and baking are the perfect way to have fun and make something yummy to eat! So why not try a new recipe and put your own twist on your favourite dinner or bake something great for dessert.
(I love making anything from The Little Blog of Vegan!).
4. Learn something new
Siempre has querido aprender español?
Why not take this opportunity to expand your horizons and learn something new. Whether you’ve always dreamed of learning Spanish or you want to add some new skills to your CV, now is the time!
There is basically an app or online course for everything, from how to practise mindfulness to learning how to code, so you’ll be able to find the right tools for you.
5. Pick up a good book
Sometimes it’s a good idea to switch off the TV, put the remote down and step away from Netflix.
Because let’s face it, is there anything better than getting lost in a good book?
Now is the time to get round to reading all those books that have been sitting collecting dust on your shelves for the past year.
6. Start planning your next trip
OK, it’s going to be a while before we can travel safely and freely again, but that shouldn’t stop you from planning your next exciting getaway. Dust off your old travel books or get online and start doing some research.
Whether you’re planning a staycation, weekend city break or a round-the-world trip, you’ve got plenty of time to choose your first post-lockdown vacation.
7. Soak in a bubble bath
A hot bubble bath with candles, wine and twinkly music has to be one of the finest things in life. So if you’re not sure what to do of an evening, run yourself a nice bath and sit back and relax.
You might even want to take your favourite book in with you (just make sure to keep it above the bubbles).
8. Join the blogosphere
Thanks to platforms like WordPress, you can start your own blog in a matter of minutes. So if you’ve got a way with words or you’ve just got plenty to say, why not start your own blog on a topic you love.
9. Channel your inner Marie Kondo
You know what they say a tidy house is a tidy mind and as you’re going to be spending a lot more time at home in the coming weeks, a good clean up could be just what you need.
As well as generally keeping your house clean and tidy (with special focus on hygiene and cleanliness right now), it’s also the perfect time to have a declutter.
Have you been meaning to tackle the spare room for months or perhaps it’s time your wardrobe had a makeover? It’s time to get sorting!
10. Pick up the pieces with a jigsaw or board game
Whether you live with your partner, children, parents or friends, why not plan a games evening? You can do this in-person or if you want to play with people outside your household, choose virtual gaming apps instead.
But just remember that you can’t leave the house during lockdown, so don’t let the games get too competitive (we’ve all been at the end of a Monopoly argument that’s led to a storm out – haven’t we?).
Alternatively, if you’re just a puzzling wizard, a good jigsaw puzzle can provide hours of entertainment.
11. Chat to your friends or family
A phone or video call to a loved one is the best way to spend your time and can do wonders for your mental health and staying connected and entertained during lockdown. Video apps like House Party or Zoom can even have you feeling like you’re all there together in one room.
12. Finally get round to scrapbooking
Have you got boxes of old photos, receipts and ticket stubs that you’ve been meaning to do something with for years? Now you’ve got the time, get out your scrapbooks and photo albums and get sorting.
Because there is no better feeling in life than completing a bloody good scrapbook!
13. Start a new show or movie franchise
Now is the time to get your moneys worth on those TV subscriptions. Whether you have Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV, Disney + or all of the above!
If you’re feeling stuck for something to keep you entertained during lockdown, get lost in your favourite show or find yourself a new binge-worthy series to start – there are so many great ones out there at the moment. I few recommendations that come to mind are:
- Ozark – Netflix
- New Girl – Amazon
- Sex Education – Netflix
- Taskmaster – UKTV Play
- The Simpsons – Disney +
- Brooklyn 99 – Netflix
Not sure where to begin?
If you’re not sure where to get started with all this, then why not write each suggestion on a bit of paper (that’ll keep you entertained for a bit too) and put them into a hat. Then, whenever you’re feeling bored, stressed or down, you can pick an activity out of the hat and crack on!