5 ways to have have fun & stay sane at home during the lockdown

Our overview of five important ways to have fun, stimulate your mind and keep in shape during lockdown!

5 ways to have have fun at home during the lockdown

The entire world has suddenly ground to a halt. You’ve probably never been through anything like this before, but you also probably thought a battle to save the world would be a little more stimulating!

The best way you can save the world right now is by staying at home. It’s not hard, but it is heroic. However, it’s also pretty dull!

With that in mind, here are our top five tips to help you cope during these uncertain times. These suggestions should help stave off boredom, don’t involve leaving your bedroom, and are entirely free! You’re welcome.  

1. Online concerts – watch your favourite acts live

With much of the world under the same quarantine measures, loads of performers have been forced to cancel upcoming shows. Although this is devastating for the music industry, it has given rise to an interesting phenomenon over recent weeks.

The social media live stream concert sees performers going live for fans using the power of video conferencing. With as little as a webcam and an acoustic guitar, many artists have gone live from lockdown for isolated fans.

Finding these live streams is easy too. Just follow as many of your favourite performers, record labels, festivals, and radio stations to see what’s going on. There are also groups on popular social media platforms designated to the lockdown live stream.

If they’re not planning to go live, your favourite artists might still be releasing great unseen content. We’ve already been treated to massive live shows from the archives of greats such as Metallica, Willie Nelson, and others.

2. Play games – gaming actually has benefits

There are many benefits to games. Possibly the one advantage in this situation is that gaming can help relieve pain. This could be the best excuse ever for playing video games! Indeed, a 2012 literature review published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that in the 38 studies examined, video games improved the health outcomes of 195 patients on every front, including psychological and physical therapy!

There are also online game websites such as Miniclip where you can play friends virtually or on online casino sites where you can play and bet against others virtually. Accessing such sites on your mobile has become extremely easy too!

3. Get in shape – for the good of your health

The gym might be closed, but that’s no excuse to be getting lazy. The Hollywood stars from our favourite apocalypse movies didn’t have beer bellies now, did they?

Working out at home doesn’t need to involve loads of expensive gym equipment either. Bodyweight exercises, like press-ups, sit-ups, squats, leg lifts, and loads more, will get you in fantastic shape in no time. When they start getting a bit easy, you can get creative. A five-litre water bottle, for example, would make an excellent kettlebell substitute.

Structure and routine will make it easier to stick to your workout plan. So too will following along with a fitness instructor’s online content. You’ll find a load of new content on video streaming platforms from personal trainers that now find themselves with a fair bit of extra time on their hands.

4. Learn to make cocktails – because why not!

If you can’t indulge in a few little drinks during the lockdown, when can you? Quarantine might have stripped many of our freedoms so far, but it hasn’t taken the supermarket alcohol aisle just yet.

It’s not something you should be partaking in every day but a few drinks at the weekend with your family can be fun – especially during a game of charades.

But why not use the time to get creative with your bartending skills? You can quickly get online and find some exciting cocktail recipes and start practising! When you finally can hang out with your friends again, they’ll be bowled over by your quarantine cocktails!

5. Keep in touch with friends – get by with a little help from your friends

Friendships are going to be more critical than ever during these hard times. It’s essential to keep your nearest and dearest close to you. Just because you’re not allowed to pop round to see your parents, sibling or friends doesn’t mean you need to lose contact with them though.

In the twenty-first century, it’s never been easier to stay in contact with everyone who means a lot to you. Social messaging applications allow for casual conversations across the globe, and video conferencing is ideal for a more lifelike get-together.

Whatever you used to like doing with those closest to you, you can probably do a virtual version of it. If you used to head down to the pub with your mates on the weekend, why not arrange a night where you and your pals get together on a video conference call over a few beverages? If you held a regular poker game, do it online instead. If you had a routine trip to take your little one to see grandma, you could do that over webcam too.

The situation is far from ideal but thanks to video call technology, it really could be a lot worse. Imagine we were doing this just 20 years ago! Isolation would feel a lot more, well, isolating.

Look on the bright side

Although it feels like it’s the end of the world, in reality, it’s not! We might have to deal with a few more weeks of this lockdown, but it could be worse. At least technology has made our lives comfortable enough that boredom is still chief of most peoples’ concerns.

Technology has also meant that boredom is also easier to fight than ever too. These days, you can hang out with friends, attend concerts, hit up casinos, take part in fitness workshops, and do it all from the comfort of your bedroom. What a time to be on lockdown, eh? 

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