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5 things to do while staying at home

Here are some tips to keep your spirits up in lockdown.

By Will Stroude

One of the things that has come as a surprise about the almost global lockdown due to the coronavirus is that spending time at home can actually be quite boring.

How many times have you complained to yourself during the course of your everyday busy life that you wished you had more time to relax in the comfort of your own home? Yet now that there’s literally nowhere you can go, it can feel like those four walls are closing in around you.

Luckily, there’s no need to feel trapped. In fact, there are plenty of things that you can usefully do while you’re staying at home that can be fun, productive and engaging.

Are you ready to find out more? Read on to discover the top five!

1) Playing bingo online

Are you looking for a fun way to spend time that could also help you to win a little extra cash? What could be more exciting in these troubled times than to while the hours away playing games online? And what game is a better choice than bingo?

There are lots of different versions of the game to choose from, so whether you prefer to try your hand at the basic 90 ball or 75 ball games, or whether you’d prefer experimenting with speed bingo or a game based on a popular TV show, you’re sure to find something online that’s perfect for you.

There are also games to suit all kinds of budget – you can even find games that have completely free tickets, so you have a chance of winning without spending a penny. It doesn’t get better than that!

2) Learning a new language

Since you’re required to stay at home for extended periods of time, you might as well be productive. There’s never been a better time to improve yourself, and what better way than by learning a new language?

Perhaps you’d like to brush up on a language that you learned years ago at school but have forgotten since? Or maybe you’d like to really push yourself and learn something really complex like Mandarin? Or why not try something that could have a really practical use and could even be useful in your job like sign language?

There are lots of options to pick from, and you can find courses online, both free and paid-for that can help you further your skills in this area. By the time social distancing is over, you could be fluent in another tongue!

3) Do some DIY

How often have you said that you wished you had time to paint the living room, or wallpaper the bedroom? Now’s the perfect time to get the job done.

With no distractions, you can dedicate as much time as you need to giving your home the ultimate makeover.

If you’re struggling to know how to get started, there are plenty of helpful tutorials online on YouTube, so there’s no excuse for not getting all those DIY jobs complete!

4) Working out at home

Just because you’re at home all day doesn’t mean that you have to turn into a couch potato. There’s no excuse for giving up on your fitness goals when you’re socially distancing – there are plenty of workout videos online that you can access to help you boost your activity levels from your own front room.

There are lots of different options to suit people at all levels of fitness and with all kinds of interests. Perhaps yoga is your thing? Or maybe you’d prefer something a little more high-intensity like a morning HIIT workout? Or perhaps you’d rather keep it fun and family-friendly with a dance class?

A quick YouTube search will turn up lots of opportunities for you to get out your fitness gear, pull on your sweatpants and get exercising!

5) Spend (virtual) time with friends

One of the hardest things about spending so much time at home and being socially distanced is that you can’t spend as much time with your friends and family members as you ordinarily would.

It’s very easy to feel isolated and lonely. Luckily, thanks to the power of the internet, you can get sociable every day with your loved ones. Apps like Zoom and Houseparty are helping people spend time with their friends all over the world, and we’re all getting more creative and using those apps to recreate the things that we would normally be doing outside.

From online discos and pub quizzes to virtual dinner parties and dates, there is a multitude of ways in which you can harness the wonders of the internet to really enjoy yourself in company even when you’re alone in your home.

Getting through social distancing

Although it isn’t easy to be stuck indoors all day and all night, if you try the five activities that we’ve suggested here, you’ll find it a little easier to cope through social distancing.