10 Things to do during Lockdown
We all hoped it wouldn’t happen, but here we are in lockdown, and it’s looking like it might be a while until we can get back to things as they were.
There are a lot of people struggling, and it isn’t easy being stuck in what can feel like a time loop of mundanity. I especially take my hats off to those parents doing homeschooling. It’s tough for kids dealing with this disruption to their routine, and not being able to see their friends, which makes it hard for parents as well.
I wanted to share some ideas to help break the monotony and drive away those lockdown blues. Despite all the hardships, there are some silver linings to be found if we look close enough.
1. Share the house cleaning load
Keeping up with the housework has somehow become even harder during lockdown.
With the kids around the house all day, it seems like one nest of their stuff is cleaned up only for two more to appear when you turn around. It’s a hydra monster of clutter.
Try offering the kids a little pocket money to help out with the cleaning up. It doesn’t have to be much, just a few dollars to regularly help out with picking up, sweeping, mopping, maybe a few dishes.
They’ll feel rewarded for their efforts, and it can use a good chunk of their energy for the day as well!
2. Try a new hobby (or two, or three…)
They say it takes ten thousand hours of practice to master something. With all this extra time on our hands, why not try out something you’ve always wanted to do?
I’m sure the lockdown will be over before any of us can actually master anything new, but it can’t hurt to get a head start! Get creative and find something new to love doing. Painting, writing, jewellery making, homemade candles, sculpting… The options are endless!
3. Take a long bath
I love having the time to take a long, hot bath in the middle of winter. And who has the time for that during the week normally? Get the kids to bed, fill that tub, put your favourite music on, maybe grab a book (just don’t drop it), and luxuriate until you turn into a prune. Extra points for bubbles.
4. Have a household party
Once a week, my family and I put aside time to have a family party together. Even though we’re all in the same house every day, I love having this time to enjoy each others’ company and cheer one another up if any of us are feeling down.
Cook up a storm or order a takeaway treat, get cosy on the couch, and decide on a favourite movie to watch (sometimes it’s best to make this choice beforehand so the food doesn’t go cold!) If you don’t have a partner and/or kids, get together with your housemates, and if you happen to live alone, just treat yourself and enjoy not having anyone disagree about which movie to watch.
For those who live alone, jumping on Zoom for your houseparty is another great option. Whether it’s an online games night, group quiz or even a watch party, jumping online to catch up is great fun.
5. Learn a new favourite recipe
We’ve all got our favourite, signature recipes that we like to cook up to impress dinner guests. This lockdown has given us all the perfect opportunity to experiment with new recipes and find a new favourite to show off when we can see our friends in person again.
Try something out of your comfort zone, get the family involved if they’re interested, and have fun with it. While it’s still cold, take advantage of all the yummy comfort food you can cook… Pasta, puddings, slow-cooked stews, pies…Yum!
6. Call friends and family members
Don’t lose touch with people! It doesn’t actually have to be “social isolation”, just “physical isolation”. Keep being as social as you want! Call up your friends you haven’t spoken to for a while, have a couple of drinks over Zoom, share your lockdown survival tips, and see what everyone is looking forward to beyond.
7. Get moving outdoors
Even the most glum mood can be improved with a little bit of fresh air and the endorphins from a bit of exercise, even if it’s just a short walk. Just don’t go running out of your 5km radius. It’s another good way to help the kids burn some excess energy as well.
8. Take an online course
There are so many online resources for learning, and a lot of them are very affordable, or even free. If there’s a subject you’ve always been curious to learn about, chances are there’s a course for it online. Check out edX or Cousera (both of these have a huge range of free courses from some amazing universities and colleges) as some starting points and see if anything catches your eye.
I am also a huge fan of MasterClass for those who love learning from the best in the biz!
9. Reorganise your home
Being around the same sights and sounds day after day is part of what makes lockdown fatigue so hard. Try playing around with the setup of a room or two in your house. You’ll be amazed at how fresh a room can feel after just shifting a few things around or adding a new centerpiece.
10. Be kind to yourself
This is a big one. Things are tough at the moment and it’s totally okay to be having a hard time. If you’re feeling stressed, unmotivated, or just a bit grumpy, that’s normal and even expected at the moment. Don’t get down on yourself for not being your “best self” at all times.
If you’d like help reorganising your home, I’d love to help.
Please feel free to get in touch and I’ll be in contact at a time that suits you.
Meanwhile, if you have any tips on how to thrive at homeschooling, please get in touch too!