10 Fun Things to Do During the COVID-19 Lockdown
If you’ve run out of ideas or DIY things to do during the COVID-19 lockdown then take a look at our list of 10 best fun things to do during the Coronavirus outbreak. A global pandemic just hit the world most shockingly ever, creating panic, fright, and anxiety. Experts had been talking about the global pandemic outbreak. Bill Gates predicted convincingly that a pandemic could claim more lives than the Wolrd War II (Netflix Exclusive – Explained Season 2 Episode 4 – The Next Pandemic). Well, what can anyone do about it except face it, right?
Are you tired of staying inside of your home every day? Do you miss going out to eat or just simply hanging out with friends to grab a quick brunch? Well, guess what? We all do.
The bad news is that we have no idea when this COVID-19 lockdown is going to end. The good news is, there are a bunch of interesting different things you can do during this period of self-quarantine that will help you keep busy and motivated.
Here is my list of 10 insanely fun things to do at your home during the COVID-19 self-quarantine period:
1) Cook Away the Lockdown Days
Had you been wanting to learn new recipes but were unable to do so because of your busy routine? Now it is your chance! The internet is filled with hundreds of thousands of different healthy and easy recipes you can consult with right now. You can also try experimenting and coming up with something different and new i.e., come up with your own recipe!
Cook something for yourself or your family. You’ll be surprised to find out how many interesting dishes you can come up with! It is never too late to surprise yourself.
2) Read Your Way through Quarantine
Books are my favorite. There are a bunch of different eBooks and magazines available online. Look around your house. You might have an unread book that you’ve been wanting to read but were too indulged in your routine to even get a chance to open it.
There are books available online (many of them are free too!) Some of my favorite books to read during quarantine are:
- It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan
- Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau
- Such a Fun Age by Killy Reid
- The Moment of Tenderness by Madeline L’engle
- No Regrets by Amy Bonnaffons etc.
3) Start A Journal
Journaling is one of the most refreshing and rewarding things to do in the world. It may seem odd at first, but once you start doing it, you won’t regret it.
Are you having anxiety and mental-breakdowns during this period of lockdown? I would suggest you grab a journal and write all of your feelings down. You will feel weird at first, but once you get all your feelings and anger out onto a piece of paper, you are going to feel lighter than before.
Paper always listens when others don’t. Remember, a paper won’t judge you. A paper is not going to walk away from you. So feel free to write all of your thoughts, feelings, and fear down into your journal and notice how light and calm you feel afterward.
A journal can also be used for other purposes like:
- Making a to-do list
- For remembering things
- Keeping a record of things (for example your calorie intake)
- For taking notes etc.
4) Befriend Plants
You can start planting vegetables in your backyard or simply start watering the plants more. Studies have shown that direct contact of human skin with the elements of nature (soil, grass, leaves, etc.) can help fight stress and anxiety and induce feelings of calmness within the body.
Planting vegetables is not only fun but also rewarding and will save you a lot of money, too! You can start your home garden. Watching new baby-plants grow from seedlings is refreshing as well.
5) Play with Your Pets during Lockdown
This goes out to all the animal-lovers out there. If you are self-quarantining at home with your pet, trust me, there is nothing better than that.
Try playing with your pets and trying out new games with them. You can try training them and teaching them new ways. Once you are having fun and comfortable at home with your pets, there is no way you’re going to even want to get out of the house.
6) DIY – Home Decor during the COVID-19 Lockdown
Ever thought about giving your home an interior-makeover, just like those reality T.V shows? Well, now is your chance!
Re-Decorate your house and shift the furniture to wherever you feel like. You can also try throwing away the stuff you don’t need. Having less furniture in the house and lots of space can make your home look more cozy, natural, and light.
At the end of the day, it’s your house and you’re the boss!
7) Learn a New Skill during the Coronavirus Lockdown
There is always something new to learn. The internet is filled with hundreds of different lessons on thousands of topics. You can utilize these days of self-quarantine to learn new stuff, such as:
- Learning how to play the guitar
- Learning how to knit
- Learning how to write better
- Learning crucial life-skills like stress-management
- Learning new dance moves
- Learning how to cook/bake etc.
No matter who you are or how many skills you already acquire, there is always something new that you don’t know of. Learning a new skill will give you a sense of self-confidence and help enhance self-esteem. Once you go back into everyday life after the COVID-19 lockdown, the skills you learned might also prove to be of great value to you!
8) Let Them Know How Much You Care amidst COVID Lockdown
Consider the quarantine and lockdown period as a golden opportunity to spend time with your family or spouse. Our everyday lives have become so busy and tiresome, that we forget to check up on our close family members.
Try doing something fun every day with them like cooking something together, playing games, or simply just sitting on the couch and watching a movie that you all genuinely enjoy. You can also start looking at old photo albums together and laugh/cry at the memories you shared with them.
If you have a partner, start spending time with them more. Try doing fun things like working out together, practicing yoga together, or just chilling and talking with them.
Don’t forget to connect with your close friends during the lockdown period. You can connect with them via text message if you can’t meet them. Just let them know how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate them. Trust me, just that one message is going to make their day!
I promise, once this lockdown is over, you are going to miss all the time you had to reconnect with your friends and family.
9) Side-Hustles during the COVID Lockdown
No one is going to tell you this, but this is a golden time to start working on your side hustles. If you wanted to start a small side-business or a blog that could potentially make you money in the future, start now. Now is the perfect time to work on creating other sources of income.
Before you start something, do thorough research and consult with an expert on whether the conditions are suitable for the type of work you are starting. Don’t invest too much in something. You don’t want to run out of money in the lockdown period.
I like watching Dave Ramsey on YouTube for seeking financial advice during the self-quarantine. Being good with money is another crucial life skill and now is the perfect time for learning that skill!
10) Binge-Watch Netflix
Who doesn’t love Netflix? There are top-quality seasons and moves you can choose according to your genre-taste. You can watch hours and hours of Netflix because you finally have the time to do so! And trust me, it is my favorite thing to do in the world.
Some of my favorite seasons to watch on Netflix are:
- I Am Not Okay With This
- Orange Is The New Black
- Pretty Little Liars
- Too Hot To Handle etc.
Before You Leave!
The COVID-19 lockdown was unexpected and left many of us disturbed. You can always try making things interesting for yourself. Remember, the self-quarantine period is teaching us skills that would otherwise be pretty hard to learn.
Remember to wash your hands, wear a mask when going out for something important, and avoid social distancing.
And don’t forget to practice things and adopt hobbies that keep you sane and make you happy. This time shall too pass.