As the UK enters another lockdown, you’d think we’d all be familiar with how to keep busy at home. However, the thought of spending even more time at home can be demotivating, especially after such a tough year. However, there are innovative ways to make lockdown a positive experience. For inspiration, take a look at these five ways to make the latest lockdown more bearable:
1. Start Exercising
If you want to use your time in lockdown wisely, why not focus on your fitness? When gyms and leisure centres are closed, it’s easy to let your fitness routine slide but exercising every day will help to keep you healthy and boost your mood too. With a wide variety of live home fitness classes and downloadable videos, you can create your own routine or join in with existing programs.
2. Stay Connected
Even when you can’t meet with friends and family in person, you can stay connected via emails, instant messages, video chats and even the post. Loneliness and isolation are a major issue when lockdowns happen, but you can combat this by staying in touch with the people you care about. A daily message or a sending a treat through the post can really put a smile on someone’s face, so don’t hesitate to let people know you’re thinking about them.
3. Go for a Walk
Under the current rules, you’re allowed to leave home once a day for exercise, so make the most of the opportunity to go for a daily walk or run. Grab some warm clothes, a mask and your headphones and you’ll be surprised at just how much a walk can brighten your mood. If you wear glasses, anti fog lenses can transform your experience when you’re out and about, so there’s no need to worry about your lenses misting up all the time! Similarly, maintaining social distancing is an easy way to stay safe while you’re enjoying your daily exercise.
4. Learn Something New
If you were one of the millions of people who honed their banana bread baking skills when the pandemic first emerged, you might be ready for a new challenge! From boosting your culinary skills to learning a language, there are endless things you can learn while you’re at home. Many online course providers have reduced their fees or made lessons available free of charge, so you can use budget-friendly options to keep yourself busy while we’re under lockdown.
5. Declutter Your Home
If you’re spending more time at home, you may as well enjoy your surroundings. Decluttering your home can be a big project, so when better to tackle it than during lockdown? As well as creating more space, you’ll also find that decluttering can have a cathartic impact and elevate your mood too.
Beating the Lockdown Blues
Although many people were dismayed at the thought of another lockdown, you can banish the blues by focusing on the underlying reasons why a lockdown is necessary. By keeping yourself active, giving yourself goals to achieve and recognising your contribution to keeping everyone safe, you’ll be able to make the most of your extra time at home.