With Corona hitting tough and strong, being confined within the walls of our homes is hard. Life surely is becoming challenging as we are “social animals.” The social distancing and self-isolation is the need of the hour, but how do you battle the hours of confinement? Well, there is always a silver lining to every dark cloud! Let’s discuss those silver linings and start practicing them. There are many things you can do to prevent boredom during corona virus lock down.
1. Create Music
Playing instruments and singing is really uplifting and you can do so sitting inside your room or from the balconies. You can do it on your own or can synchronize with other players sitting in adjacent balconies to form a real-time orchestra! Children can be encouraged to make their own songs or play their own instruments and sing to one another. This is bound to uplift the community spirit.
2. Cook something New
It is quite likely that you are not going to get all the ingredients you need at this hour of crisis. So make the best of what you have in your pantry and try creating a new recipe. The final product might just be incredible and irresistible.
3. Photo Album Organization
It might be that you have a bundle of photos that need organization, but have been waiting for a lot of free time. If that is so, the time has come. This will also allow you to walk down the memory lane and remember the yester-years with a smile on your lips and maybe at times with a heavy heart. But this will definitely revitalize you!
It is not important whether you have learned dancing or have enjoyed your dance classes or hated dancing at weddings! This is unique. Just put on some music and get flowing with it! Dance will release endorphins which in turn will give you a feeling of happiness. This can also be a fantastic way to reconnect with your family as they dance along with you. And if you fall in love with all of this, prepare for the next family show!
5. Setting up a Home Spa
You wish to pamper yourself but the local spa is closed. What then? Go for a bubble bath, give yourself a facial and paint your nails. And while doing all this, relax and enjoy a beauty routine. Finally, take photos of your perfect look for social media!
6. Planting Seeds
It is immaterial whether you have a large backyard or a small window box. Plant some seeds to see herbs, flowers, and vegetables growing in the months to come. The growth will remind you that life is outside your four walls and also make your house smell and look great!
7. Laundry – do it
You do wash your clothes but can never empty the laundry basket, right? Well, this is the time to invest in a thorough laundry job so that you get to see the bottom of the empty laundry basket. It definitely will be very satisfying!
If you are in love with crafts, the quarantine period is probably a bonus for you. You can do just what you desire to – knit, sew and make different things from scratch. This is bound to give you immense satisfaction, with the extra benefit of adding something exquisitely beautiful to your home and at zero price.
9. What about art?
This is the way to keep children engaged fruitfully – drawing, painting, and coloring. But this again can be the mantra for you too. Art is relaxing and it opens up the creative self in you. You can enhance your dexterity and once the painting is done you can display it on the walls of your house, brightening up the ambiance with your pride!
10. Become an Author
It is believed that every person has at the minimum one novel inside them. If you have been dreaming of writing a book or may have a great story idea and would love to see how it shapes up, here is your opportunity. Start writing now as you never know when you will get such a huge empty time period to fulfill your dream!
11. Organize your wardrobe
Just the perfect time for a spring clean of your wardrobe! Once you remove all those clothes which hardly fit you or you hardly wear, you will find that your wardrobe looks entirely new! You can sell those clothes through eBay thus earning a little pocket money.
12. Create your own Animation
Encourage your children to create cartoons, then watch them! Stop motion animation is not tough and can be done with just a camera and some patience. Just write a story, form your characters and start working! It can fuel your child’s imagination!
13. Inbox Organization
Organizing your inbox is another ordeal that usually gets pushed back till the last moment. But here is your chance! Organize your inbox so that you can locate the all-important emails easily. Also, delete the junk and your task is complete!
14. Camping out Indoors
Take along a tent, your sleeping bags, and a few board games and enjoy an indoor camping trip. You just need to unplug the television and reconnect with your family and friends just outside your front door!
15. Balloon Tennis
Get hold of a balloon and two paper plates and you are ready to play balloon tennis. Each player gets a plate and the match starts. The balloon should remain in the air as long as possible just with the touch of the plates and the person who lets the balloon touch the floor loses!
16. Organize a fashion Show
Many of us have full wardrobes but hardly get the scope to wear all. Now that you have spare time, try on the clothes you had forgotten you had and step out to perform the fashion show in front of your family! If the kids want to participate, it would be a chance to organize and sort out their wardrobes!
17. Make a Scrapbook
If you wish to preserve your memories, scrapbooking is definitely a great way! You can scrapbook anything, right from photographs, to kid’s drawings. to school reports, to theater tickets and such others. The scrapbook is going to become a milestone you will treasure. You can do it yourself or involve your kids in it too.
Yoga is not just physical exercise, but mental too. It is bound to improve your mental health. You can do yoga with the help of YouTube in the comfort of your living room. There are certain yoga channels specifically meant for children. So you may involve your kids in your yoga sessions. Some channels combine soft yoga with fairy-tales and stories to make them more interesting.
19. Feng Shui
If you believe in Feng Shui, you probably are aware that it affects the energy of your house. You just need to move the furniture and objects in your house in a certain way to enhance the energy of your environment. All this may make you feel that you are stuck in a more energetic environment.
20. Plan the Next Get Together
This scary episode of the Corona virus is eventually going to be over. Think positive! And once it disappears, a get-together or party is imminent. So plan for it to get together with all your friends and family. It will be great when the time comes to spend some quality time together! Planning ahead is always a great idea and it’s a great way to prevent boredom during corona virus lock down.
21. Start a Hobby
What is it that you had always wanted to do but haven’t yet? Was it wishing to build a model railway track or maybe knit a pullover? If you have such wishes lined up, start now. This new hobby might require items that you can always purchase online and then develop your skills following online tutorials.
22. Solve a Puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles are activities that you can pursue solo or with your family. It might take you a couple of days to complete a puzzle. But the best part is that you can pick it up and put down at your own convenience so that the other tasks and commitments are not hampered.
Once you know how to calm your mind, you will never get worried or stressed whatever be the circumstances. You have to just lie down, focus on your breathing, take deep breaths in and out and clear your mind!
24. Interviewing Grandparents and Parents
Do you have a family tree? Has your family history been scripted? If not this is the time to complete it for your children and grandchildren. Call your parents and grandparents, interview them and record the audio. Your comprehensive family history will be prepared and at the same time, the important social contact needed by the vulnerable and elderly will be provided too!
25. Organize a Treasure Hunt
An indoor treasure hunt can be organized for the entire household so that they get to enjoy the riddles, tricky clues and a small prize at the end.
26. Catch up with Friends
If social isolation is affecting your mental and physical health adversely, you can beat it by chatting with your friends through Facetime or Skype. Technology has shown you the path where you do not have to be in the same room to enjoy a chat with your dear ones.
27. Reading a Good Book
Most of us book-lovers often have stacks of books lined up to be read and now that you are stuck down, this is the opportunity! If you have kids, encourage them to read so that when they go back to school after the break, it does not become taxing for them.
28. Happy Hour
You can’t visit your favorite bar, right? But you can always enjoy your date night or happy hour within your home. This will give you a chance to practice your cocktail preparation skills! Just mix your drinks and be your own bartender! Learning how to make drinks will surely prevent boredom during corona virus lock down.
29. Bowling with Tin Cans
If you have just ten tins and a ball, you can create your own personal bowling alley. Once done, organize a tournament with your family members and enjoy the competition! It will be great fun!
30. Finish the Home Improvements
Every one of us probably has lots of jobs that we keep putting off for want of time. It might be decorating the living room or painting the front door or de-weeding the back garden and this is your best time for completing these unfinished tasks.
31. Resume Update
You might be planning a career change soon or are anticipating a lay-off due to the impact of corona-virus or thinking of some job upgrade – whatever be it, you need to update your resume. So utilize this free time to do so. It would be spending time wisely and sensibly.
32. Viewing Old Movies
Sitting down and watching your favorite old movies is ‘nostalgia’ personified. They will bring back good old memories and leave you feeling happy and joyous. Grab that old list of movies you’ve always wanted to watch and you’ll see why this is a great idea to prevent boredom during corona virus lock down.
33. Building with Lego
Most children below the age of 12 love Lego. So you can give them challenges daily so that they remain entertained as well as being mentally stimulated. It is the perfect way of keeping them amused. You may ask them to build a space rocket, create a feast for your friends, build a fairground or design your dream desert island. Let their imagination run wild!
34. Writing Letters
Revive the dying art form of letter writing at this hour of crisis. If your parents, friends or grandparents are in isolation, write a letter to them. It will make their day and bring a smile on their face. You can also encourage your kids to write letters. It will help them keep in touch with their loved ones and also develop their writing skills. This will create memories while being another way to prevent boredom during corona virus lock down.
35. Starting a Blog
You can share your feelings and thoughts with the world outside through your very own blog. The subject can be varied and till you find your target audience. Though your blog is a very small corner in the huge world of the internet, it sure is liberating to have your own space to do whatever you desire.
36. Pen Down a Gratitude List
It would be a good idea to jot down your heartfelt gratitude towards the people who have made you the person you are. It will definitely be one way to calm and reassure yourself in this hour of crisis while maintaining a positive outlook.
37. Planning a Road Trip
Where would you like to go once the lockdown period ends? Would you be visiting your family or maybe head for the coast? This is your time to plan for the next vacation or trip which will definitely help you remain positive.
38. Hosting a Tea Party
Host a fancy afternoon tea party for your family. This will motivate you and your family members to get out of their pajamas and get dressed up. Everyone is to be asked to dress up in their finery, have miniature cookies and cakes and behave as if they are in the best restaurant in town!
39. Playing Boardgames
Board games are forever. So locate your favorite board game and set up a tournament. These games continue for hours and bring out the competitive spirit in every participant. Monopoly is one such favorite game.
40. Host a Video game Marathon
Hold a video game marathon. You can go anywhere with these games and this is the scope to embrace escapism. You are bound to forget all your worries for a couple of hours as you try to rescue the princess or win the Grand Prix.
41. Build an Indoor Obstacle Course
You can create an indoor obstacle course in your house using toys, pillows and other obstacles. Try to make it as tricky as possible and then you can challenge every member of your family to participate in this fun exercise.
42. Organize a Pajama Party
Put on your pajamas, gather the cozy blankets and make the entire family come together with a bag of popcorn. Relax while you paint each other’s nails, view a movie or tell scary tales. This is the ideal way to bond and unwind with your family.
43. Try the Brainteasers
You can try out brainteasers like crosswords, Sudoku, and other such games which will help you relax and enjoy. Just cuddle on your sofa and exercise your brain!
44. Virtual Gyms
Ask your yoga teacher or gym instructor to organize virtual classes. That will be more effective. Staying in shape is a great option to prevent boredom during corona virus lock down.
45. Arrange your Cupboards and Drawers
This is the perfect time to organize your cupboards and drawers. The cupboard might be stuffed with old “take away” menus that need clearance. They might contain medicines that have passed their expiration dates. Utilize this opportunity to organize them and make them sparkling clean.
46. Tell Stories
Gather the entire family, lie down together and have story sessions. The stories might be funny incidents from your yester-years, ghost stories, family histories and such. When you share these stories amongst yourselves, time flies and you hardly miss your computer or television.
47. Call your neighbors
If you have elderly people living in your locality all by themselves, just give them a phone call to make sure they are alright. They are living all by themselves with no company in this hour of crisis in total isolation. Show them some love.
48. Folding Napkins
Learn small skills like folding napkins and practice them to perfection. You perhaps have yearned for perfecting such arts for a long time. You will be in a better position when you hold a party the next time. Plus it could also help in the kitchen.
49. Organize a Wine Tasting Party
Open each of the bottles of wine including the half-filled ones left in the cupboard, pour a few drops from each of these bottles in a line of glasses and then host a wine tasting party. You can learn more about each of the wines you taste by online surfing and then make stories about all this!
50. Watching the Stars
With pollution minimized, this is the time to spot the stars and the constellations in the night sky. Take your children with you and teach them more about the night sky. They may fall in love with astronomy!
51. Watching Television
This is probably the most obvious solution! This is your opportunity to catch up on all that you have missed and meant to watch someday. Do so with minimum guilt now! There are innumerable TV series to be downloaded and seen.
52. Specific Ideas for Children
You have to be creative when you deal with children. You must have paint at home, so you can create lots of drawings and collage activities for them. They can also explore the gardens and the rest of the property. Now for the ideas ……
Encourage creativity in your child by asking them questions, varying from how to why, to where, to when and their little brains will start ticking. Keep anything and everything that can be craft material and then only will your child start building! Throw challenges at them and you will be surprised with what they can do! Now is the opportunity to give them time. You have enough in hand back at home, so spend a couple of hours with the child.
You may find online sharing resources like BBC Bitesize or Twinkl; where the child will get to meet entrepreneurs, designers and artists sharing their resources. Give them the challenge of preparing lunch for you while you work. Indulge in art yourself and when they view the result they will be inspired too. Cook, color or do crochet work with your child and have fun!
It would be a very good idea to teach them life skills like mopping up, folding their clothes or vacuuming. Show them how to do these now that you have some time on your hands and they surely will learn these invaluable skills. During evenings, sit together and enjoy board games or watch something interesting and educating on television. At times, set up a Zoom talk with their friends. But this is not to be done every day. but once in a while.
Limit the screen time of your child. Set a timer for entertainment, as well as tasks. This will teach them time management. Introduce them to books, cooking, gardening, drawing on toilet rolls….
Whatever be the circumstances, while dealing with kids, remain calm. This experience will bring you closer to your child and you will get to know them better. Don’t worry if they lag behind a little. Just maintain the daily routine of learning. Inspire the child to learn and do not burden them; they should fall in love with the process! You can use this time to prevent boredom during corona virus lock down by teaching the kids and that’s always a good thing.