9 ways to keep busy during the lockdown. In those difficult and challenging times, faced by literally the world due to COVID-19, leading to a general lockdown and confinement, it can get quickly tedious. One will not know how to spend those offered free time. With school closures, and a lot of working places in lockdown, people are suddenly finding themselves with a lot of free time at home, and they are faced with the question: what to do? How to entertain the children if you have some? How to keep busy? The usual entertainment such as tv, online social media, etc. can get quickly monotonous.
Here we share nine ways you can use to spend your time during confinement.
1 – BOARDS GAMES, PUZZLES
Now is the time to use or fully make use of those board games sitting in your cupboards. Boards games such as monopoly, chess, the game of life, scrabble and many more are great for kids and are great ways to spend time together; they will not only entertain you but also widen your knowledge.
Puzzle games are great too, they are a lot of them online, but it will be useful to play them physically. They are many types suitable for children or adults.
2 – READING BOOKS
Nowadays, books are not the obvious choice for a lot of people. But books are a great way to spend time. Try to make it a habit. If you are not used to reading books, start reading for only a few minutes, and then increase the time gradually.
It is perfect for reading stories at bedtime, but they can beneficiate as well from reading daytime by themselves, especially since they do not have the opportunity anymore. Just make sure to read books you are passionate about. Otherwise, you will be put off.
3 – GARDENING
There is no better time to work on your garden. It is spring; everything is coming back to life. Remove leaves and other debris from flower beds and borders, cut old dead grows on plants, top up the soils if needed, then sow your seeds or bulbs, transplanting the plants you started growing indoors.
It is a good time as well to give a cleanout to your greenhouse, tidy up, and clear out.
Let’s not forget the fences, to complete them, give them a good revamp by painting them.
4 – DO SOME DIY
Another great way to spend, to keep busy is DIY. Show your creativity. They are many ideas out there you can use for adults and children. You can find interesting inexpensive crafts.
5 – COOKING, BAKING
Cooking is one favourite for a lot of people, especially baking. You can improve your skills if you are an amateur or show off your skills if you are already an excellent cook.
If you have children, this is a great way to keep them busy and get them involved. There are out there a lot of simple and delicious recipes, a book or a click away.
6 – EXERCISES
Exercises would be great to include in your daily routine. You must add them since confinement implies not going out, and restraint movement, therefore exercising will help you to remain healthy.
You can perform most workouts at home. YouTube and DVDs could be of great help.
7- REDECORATE YOUR HOME
now is the right time to get on with all those redecoration ideas you’ve been putting off. Now, you have the time to declutter your house and make all these little changes you’ve meant to do but never have the time for, such as removing the carpet, plastering, tiling, painting, etc.
8 – LEARN A NEW SKILL
With all this time in your hands, you can as well learn a new skill. This could be anything, a new language, learning how to cook, gaining some self-development skills, how to properly take care of your garden, communication skills, how to dance, how to sew, etc. The good thing is there are a lot of accessible resources out there.
9 – CREATE SOME PASSIVE INCOME SOURCES
Now is the time to create some sources of passive income, especially when many have lost their job, or will not get the whole of their wages. You can do this in the comfort of your home online. It could be time to join this affiliate program you are thinking about; write this ebook you are thinking about; try some basics investment, etc.
Those are a few activities you can do while in confinement. Can you think of others? Please leave in comment.