What to do during a lockdown? Here are 10 best ideas for things you can do while in lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in 2021.
1. Video call your friends and family / Write a letter
Don’t forget to check in on your friends and family, and cheer yourself up by seeing your favorite faces.
Why not write a letter to your future self? Pop in your hopes and dreams for the future and open it in years to come.
2. Take a course
Whether you’re looking to improve upon your professional portfolio or to pursue a new hobby, FutureLearn has a whole host of online courses provided by world-class universities and industry experts. Earn professional or educational accreditation, learn new skills, or simply keep boredom at bay.
3. Learn to play an instrument
Dust off that keyboard you got for Christmas last year, re-tune that guitar you’ve had for god knows how long and begin to fill your days with the sound of music. With so much free time, it’s never been easier to pick up a new skill. Udemy offers a wide range of online music courses, ranging from beginner to advanced levels.
4. Tour the USA’s greatest national parks / the beach
We might not being taking journeys anytime soon but thanks to the internet we can take our online journeys far and wide. Always wanted to visit some of the beautiful national parks in America? Then thanks to google earth we can.
Fancy hearing the sound of the waves and looking at a beautiful sandy beaches? Then check out this live beach webcam
5. Spend some time in the garden
It’s important to get some fresh air. Why not wrap up and have lunch in the garden.
6. Learn a new language
Start learning a new language to prepare for that next trip. Duolingo is free online but you can pay for a better version if you’re a keen bean.
Remember all those times you said you’d learn Italian, Spanish or French but just couldn’t find a spare minute? Here’s your chance. With a wide selection of YouTube videos and online tutorials at your disposal, why not use this time to learn a completely new language.
7. Learn survival training
If you’re looking for something to get your blood pumping but are sick of doing yoga in the living room, you need The Apocalypse Survival Training (AST), an app that fuses fitness and storytelling for an immersive action-packed experience. There’s different workout types to an epic storyline, set in an alternative-reality alien invasion of the London, where the lives of city’s survivors are in your hands. All you need is a pair of headphones and your device! Who said working out couldn’t be fun?
8. Start a blog / Write a journal
You can never go wrong with writing a blog. Whether you’re using it as an online writing portfolio, a space to share your passions or as an opportunity to try something new, it’s time to get those creative juices flowing.
The great thing about journaling is that you can write whatever you want, whenever you want. Jot down your best ideas, doodle, write about your day or even create a list of goals, the choice is yours. Who knows, you might even find yourself inspired.
9. Get fit
Missing the gym? Working out at home can be just as beneficial for both your mind and body. Why not try out different types of workouts over the course of the next few weeks and find that workout that really works for you.
10. Learn Falun Gong
Falun Gong, also commonly known as Falun Data, consists of moral teachings and five gentle exercises that offer an effective and rewarding way to improve your health and energy levels. At the core of the practice are the values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
Falun Gong teaches that these are the most fundamental qualities of the universe, and takes them as a guide in daily life. Through consistent and dedicated practice, the student of Falun Gong strives to achieve a state of selflessness, greater insight and awareness, inner purity, and balance—a state of true health.
Falun Gong has brought improved health and well-being to more than 100 million people. The exercises can be learned free of charge from volunteers around the world.
10 fun things you can do at home during lockdown
Here are some activities you can do together with family or children, in a small outdoor space or from the comfort of your own home.
1. Listen for sounds
Because there’s less traffic around and fewer planes overhead, sounds like birdsong seem even louder at the moment. Listen from your window or on a walk, then name and talk about the sounds you and your child can hear – it’s a great way for babies and older children to develop their listening skills and learn new words.
2. Create a nature collection
If you have a garden or can get out to a local green space, this activity is a great way for older children to explore nature and learn new words at the same time. Following guidance about what’s safe, pick some natural items like twigs and leaves that your little one can touch and describe. To make it even safer or if you can’t get out, collect any natural items you have around the house or use pictures to build a visual collection.
3. Look after easy-to-grow plants
Even if you’re limited to a windowsill (just remember to pick a sunny one), growing plants, seeing them grow and talking about it is a great learning opportunity for your little one. It also feels like a really positive thing to do. You could try tomatoes, sunflowers or for a really easy growing project, cress heads.
4. Learn to paint
Looking for a creative way to spend your lockdown? Brush and Bubbles has launched a Paint & Bubbly Art Kits, which includes 3 canvases (8×10), 1 x mini canvas and easel, 2 sets of paintbrushes, 1 paint palette, 2 packs of 12ml acrylic paints, 1 pack of 21ml acrylic paints, 1 can of bubbly, 1 artsy postcard, and a Brush & Bubbles keepsake box. Order one and join their virtual paint-a-longs.
5. Live stream a beach cam
Just because your holiday got cancelled doesn’t mean you have to miss waking up to the sound of waves. America’s iconic and historic beachfront hotel “The Del” is one of the few surviving examples of an American wooden Victorian beach resort. See the crashing waves, ocean breezes, and beaming sunshine from afar with The Del’s live beach cams which offer a glimpse of the breathtaking views seen from Hotel del Coronado.
6. Play memory games
Looking out of your window is the perfect time to test out your and your little one’s memory skills. Start by naming one thing you can see out of the window, then building up a list that you both have to remember. A great activity if you’re lucky enough to get out for a walk too.
7. Play weather bingo
Make a list of common weather conditions like windy, rainy, sunshine, cloudy, cold and frosty. Look outside every day and tick off what’s happening. Add extra interest by making a list of other things your little ones could spot like birds, chimney, aerial and car. They could also draw a daily picture of the weather, so you can create a weather diary during the lockdown.
8. Try some cloud spotting
A great way to relax, as well as to learn. Spend some time looking at the cloud shapes and chatting about what you think they look like. You could even make up a story about the things you see. If you want to learn more about clouds.
9. Make and fly paper planes
Spend time making paper planes together and then see who can fly their plane the furthest. Lots of fun for the whole family, plus you’re building your child’s communication and turn-taking skills at the same time.
10. Hide and seek
Playing hide and seek is a great mood booster and can help your child follow simple instructions. It’s easy to do indoors, as well as outdoors. Take turns using toys or you could try hiding yourself.
10 things to do in lockdown for adults
1. Clear out your wardrobe
Dedicate your new-found time and attention to sorting out your clothes, declutter your home, ditching items you haven’t worn for six months and co-ordinating clothes into sections so it’s easier to browse in the mornings. This is a great opportunity to get inspired by new outfits or rediscover an old favourite.
2. Get motivated
Now’s the time to read a book to give you a boost. Motivational speakers spent the lockdown offering workshops for followers. They helps people focus on their goals and build a plan for achieving them. It could be a personal, business or sporting goal, they just wants to help people get motivated to achieve them.
3. Buy a dartboard
Since we can’t go to the pub, bring the pub to you with a cool dartboard. This one is magnetic, so a lot safer if you have children.
4. Do a jigsaw puzzle for adults
Take your eyes off a screen for an afternoon while you tackle a tricky 1000-piece jigsaw. Amazon has plenty to choose from and stocks puzzles for all ages. Here are HELLO!’s picks for the best jigsaw puzzles for adults.
5. Make a photo album/back up your phone pictures
Remember that girls’ holiday you took in 2016 or when you swam with dolphins? Ensure that memories like this are treasured by taking the time to compile a photo album or scrapbook. Similarly, make a back-up of photos on your phone, to ensure you don’t lose them in years to come.
6. Plant some flowers
Introduce some welcome colour to your house or garden and plant some flowers. It may be winter but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out in the garden on a dry day. Opt for Winter Honeysuckle, Pansies, and Winter Heather. Dress warm though!
7. Dance it out
Blast out some of your favourite tunes and get dancing in your bedroom, living room or bathroom. Hairbrush microphone optional.
8. Make a travel bucket list
Write it down in black and white the places you’ve yet to explore, the trips you want to take and the food you’ve got to sample. Similarly, Pinterest is the perfect place to find inspiration and pin places you want to go to.
9. Get your DIY on
Take the time to tackle some interior improvements that you didn’t get around to during the previous lockdowns – be that painting your walls, upholstering old furniture or rearranging a room. Remember health and safety at all times!
10. Buy a 2021 diary and get planning
Times are tough but that doesn’t mean that 2021 has to be a total write off. Get planning for the months ahead, so that you have things to look forward to, whether that be a Zoom call with a loved one or an at-home birthday party in isolation.
50 things to do while in isolation or lockdown
1. Complete a jigsaw or puzzle
Puzzles are great for brain training and come in so many forms – how about a giant jigsaw, a Rubik’s Cube, wordsearch, sudoku or Crossword puzzle?
2. Start a journal.
It’s a great way of getting everything off your chest, it can be about the coronavirus, your life or even directed to someone but it’s a diary that’s never seen or read by anyone else!
3. Learn an instrument
If it doesn’t bother your neighbours why not play a few strings and strike a few chords
4. Make peace with friends and family
If there is anything we’ve learnt from Coronavirus is life is too precious and it feels great to make peace if you’ve fallen out with someone!
5. Write – blogs, autobiographies, poetry
We all have a story to tell even if it’s just for our family! Just try it!
6. Box sets and movies
Make a list of all the box sets you want to catch up on and really long movies and veg out on the sofa for a tvfest!
7. Learn a language
If you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, here’s your chance! Babble is a great app to start learning!
It’s the most relaxing pass time and helps to slow the brain and reduce stress. Whatever you enjoy – read it cover to cove and review it on Facebook to inspire your friends!
9. Meditation and mindfulness
There are amazing guided meditations on YouTube to follow by Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra, Ekhart Tohle and others so lie down with your eyes closed, palms up and while focusing on your breath whilst those soothing words slow down your thinking and calm your mind!
Can’t stop the negative thoughts about Coronavirus? Pick an affirmation that helps to boost your immunity just by what you say to it!
11. Indoor Aerobics
Squeeze into that lycra and do a virtual class! Everyone’s offering them – there’s so many options to choose from
12. Go to the Med in your mind
Create the most amazing meze for dinner from what you have in your and cupboard and sip it with a glass of something bubbly – close your eyes and go on holiday!
13. Learn a new skill
There are so many lessons on-line of weird and wonderful skills you can pick up, circus poi, belly dancing, baking, cooking, jewellery-making, knitting – you can target yourself with a new skill a week
14. Learn whilst teaching the kids
Forgotten the difference between sin, cosine and tangent ? home school yourself whilst teaching the children!
Whether its on the wi, karaoke or just whilst watching MTV, groove to the tunes of your favourite track and get those hips moving!
16. Board Games
Spend time with the family if you’re not self-isolating to play a board game for hours of fun and laughter!
17. Catch up on your favourite soap
Go on have a binge afternoon on the sofa under a duvet
Have a spring clean! Tackle a cupboard a day! Organize your Tupperware so that the lids match the containers, get a charity box ready of old stuff
19. Go through that Wardrobe and de-clutter
Try on all your clothes and be ruthless! Serve that 6 month rule to anything you haven’t worn and get those clothes bank bags ready
20. Get those green fingers gardening
Its spring and a lovely time to grow things in the house and garden!
21. Cook something new
Whether you dream to be Nigella or Jamie show off your culinary skills with a new dish or cooking skill you’ve never tried!
22. The smell of fresh bread
There’s nothing more relaxing than bread making by hand and then diving into a warm loaf with a big helping of butter!
23. Save food
Freeze foods near their use by date so that you can pull them out to reduce your social interaction at supermarkets and local shops.
24. Write a book with your children
Pick a character and each member writes a chapter about their adventures everyday whilst self-isolating
25. Video diaries
Share great news via videos and Facebook with friends and family.
26. Teach online
Do you have a great skill that you can share with the world? Maybe its make-up? Skincare? Alternative remedies? Clever Hacks? Whatever it is be proud and share them with the word?
27. Help the most vulnerable
Offer your assistance to someone who needs help shopping, cooking and cleaning
28. Start a project
Knit or crochet a scarf for a friend or relative who will love something that’s so personal
29. Video Calls
Use Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp or zoom with your long-distance friends and family
30. Organise those toiletries
Let’s face it, we are all guilty of half empty, finished cosmetics and toiletries in our bathroom and handbags – here’s your chance to clear it out
31. Paint a portrait
Learn how to draw and paint – start off with your plant, then a person and who knows there could be a Van Gogh in you! Its so therapeutic!
32. Family Competitions
How about getting the family to have fun with cleaning competitions, Scrabble tournaments to teach new words, cooking competitions.
If you are fit and well, why not volunteer to help those in need, the NHS or neighbours who can’t get out whilst following government guidelines!
34. Days Out
Make a plan of all the museums, sporting events and concerts you want to visit when they finally reopen.
35. Take time to reflect
What goals are you setting for yourself when we all get back to normality? What do you most wish to achieve in your life? What are you going to do less of? Get writing and make that change
36. Book of wishes
Create your very own book or dreams and wishes of what you want to create in your life and watch those thoughts become things as you write them down and start believing that you have them!
37. Get Handy
Fix those niggly things you put off every weekend – pull out the toolbox and get the house summer ready with your DIY skills
38. Family Fun
Turn your living room into a sleepover for the kids with all blankets, popcorn and movies.
39. Home school
Create a school environment for the kids, it provides great structure and ensures that they don’t get into bad habits
40. Pilates and Yoga
Stretch those muscles and lengthen those limbs with a Pilates or Yoga workout
41. Old fashioned games
Teach your kids old fashioned games lie hopscotch, cat’s cradle and others for hours of fun
42. Organise your paperwork
If you are terrible at least unopened mail and bills at the bottom of the stairs, here’s the time to put everything in order in a folder so its easily accessible and you start to understand more about your personal affairs as well as throwing away all that junk mail.
43. Birdwatch in your garden
Create a haven in your garden for birds to feed and see if you can identify all the spring birds that are cheeping at the moment
44. Create History
Interview your parents and grandparents over the phone and save the audio about their life in the good old days
45. Clear your phone / laptop/ computer
Go through your camera roll and delete downloads and images to give the phone some space again. Do similar to your laptop or computer.
46. Learn Magic
Show off your party skills when we all celebrate the end of lockdown by learning some magic tricks
47. Calender it
Request everyone send their birthdates and create a family calendar so you never miss a date!
48. Learn a new word and use it in a sentence each day
Why not pick up a dictionary and learn a new word that you can understand the meaning of to stretch those muscles in the head.
49. Random acts of kindness
Help a neighbor, help someone understand their rights whilst we are all off, do more in the house, say nice things to family and friends. Being kind increases your feeling of well-being!
50. Money Saving Ideas
If you’re not making money, you can save money! review your finances and look at where you can save money, cut costs and refinance to save more money.
We are all living in uncertain times and it’s a great time to learn not to dwell on the past or think of the future. Just enjoy hear and now
Happy Self isolating all!