The only vaccine we have for COVID-19 at the moment is staying at home. But as much as we know how important it is, this Coronavirus lockdown is not fun at all! We are bored, we feel unchallenged mentally, and we’ve finally realized that TV is not as fun as it seems.
If you want to challenge yourself and have fun while in quarantine, you need to realign your goals and seek more knowledge. Learn something new, try a challenge you consider undoable, change your life’s path if you can, or stretch your limits and imaginations beyond what you previously thought was humanly impossible.
To start you off, here are productive and fun ideas to help you beat boredom during COVID-19 lockdown:
1. Learn a new language
Learning a new language, local or international, is a good way to remain mentally active and improve your life while at it. You have all the time in the world now, so you have no excuses for why you still can’t fulfill the promise you made to self that you will learn Spanish or Mandarin before 2021. This is your chance to learn an extra local lingo if you come from a multilingual country, or even learn the American Sign Language. All you need to learn a new language these days is a language app or an online linguistics class.
2. Have a campfire in the backyard
This is simple: Make a fire pit and share quality time with your family around the fire. You can even roast marshmallows or steak to bring out the real camping experience. If you live alone, reading a book around the campfire could also be fun. Try anything, conventional or unconventional. Normal is boring, after all!
Note: This is illegal in some regions, so you need to confirm with your neighbors or local authorities first.
3. Learn a skill online
Take an online dance class and practice with your spouse. Try a pottery class and do pottery with your kids in the backyards. If you are a business executive, hone your listening or management skills. If you are into art, learn how to write movie scripts, draw, or even how to write interesting children storybooks. Anything you are interested in has a free tutorial online.
What is your excuse for not cooking for your wife now that you are both home all day? This is your chance to try out that recipe you brought back from your trip abroad. Try making varied dishes from all the trips you have made, or from the TV shows you’ve watched. With a little creativity, innovation, and improvisation in your cooking techniques, you will be surprised by how many “secret” recipes you will invent in the next month or so- recipes that will remain “family secret” for tens of your future generations.
5. Play games
Get your Switch, Xbox, PS4, and iPads and play until you can’t focus anymore. Now get the old board games and play Trivial Pursuit or poker with your family. See how good you still are at the epic game of Monopoly. We are talking about the long versions here. After all, you have all the time to push your limit.
6. Make a DIY clock
There are tons of exercise and fitness apps/online platforms. If you love hitting the gym, look for trainer videos and keep the momentum going. If you are new to this, you don’t have to jump directly to full-blown workouts; start with the calming Yin Yoga, short sprints in the backyard, or jumping rope for 10-20 minutes.
Self-quarantining has brought outdoor activity to a halt, but you should not let that dim your spirits. If you feel like time is becoming rather blurry, that is a sign that whatever you are doing is becoming monotonous. Move on to a tougher challenge. The idea here is to beat boredom and stay safe while at it.
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