Just a few weeks ago, we wrote an article about all of our favourite alternative ways to keep fit during lockdown. Now, despite the easing restrictions, many of us are still spending the majority of our time indoors, applying social distancing rules to our everyday lives. As it’s certainly going to be a while before ‘normality’ resumes, here’s our list of creative ways to stay occupied (exercise aside) without having to leave the house!
Host a Virtual Murder Mystery
With Friday evenings no longer taking place at the local pub, virtual quiz nights have become a popular way to stay connected with family and friends. A few months have now passed, so if like us you’re tired of trivia, why not host your very own murder mystery party instead! Simply set up a video call and download all the materials (including scripts and invitations) from Macmillan Cancer Support, giving just a small donation to the charity in return. You can find out more information about how it works here.
Create a Scrapbook or Photo Album
Always wanted to print some of your smart phone photos and create a treasured book of memories? Why not some of your valued spare time to make something personal and remind you of happier times! Websites such as Snapfish offer cheap, high quality photo prints with discounts on your first order. This is also a great project to keep the kids occupied too.
Home Your Cooking Skills
With the usual fast pace of daily life making quick dinners, eating out and weekly takeaways a convenience, take advantage of the time you would usually spend commuting by trying out a new recipe. With top chefs releasing restaurant-standard recipes for you to try out at home, there has never been a better time to cook up a storm in the kitchen and try something new. Why not check out the recipe section of our website as starting point?
Plan Your Next Getaway
Right now, holidaying abroad might seem like a long shot however there has never been a better time to plan your next adventure. With many airlines and hotels offering flexible booking conditions, 2021 could be the time to tick a far-flung destination off your bucket list. Browse websites like Pinterest for inspiration and you’ll be boarding a flight before you know it.
Try Out Social Media Challenges
Since new social media application TikTok came on the scene, we’ve been watching and laughing as athletes and celebrities set tricky challenges and nominate others to try them out in their own homes. Take the Tea Bag Challenge for example, where competitors video numerous attempts to kick a tea bag into a mug from a two-metre distance which - depending on your skill level – could keep you occupied for minutes or hours! Alternatively, head to social media where there are plenty of dance routines and DIY challenges depending on your skillset!
A cheap and cheerful way to recycle tired items of clothing, tie-dying is an art that can provide entertainment for all the family. Dye is available online, so order in a range of vibrant colours and have some fun with it. Just remember to wear gloves!
So whether it’s hosting a killer evening with a virtual murder mystery or simply making a tasty homemade meal, take advantage of the slower pace of life and you might even end up with a new hobbie!