Being stuck at home can start to feel a bit like Groundhog Day but there are lots of ways you can use this time to your advantage.
Having different things to do each day can help keep morale high as well as making the time pass faster. With different activities to enjoy it will also keep the peace in the family home. Lots of us have children at home too so for that reason having a variety of options makes lockdown easier for everyone.
1. Play parlour games
This is the perfect moment to get out the playing cards, Mah Jong tiles or Monopoly or backgammon boards that’ve been languishing in the cupboard for ages. It could be Cluedo or even Snakes & Ladders. If you don’t have access to board games, try charades or Pictionary. They’re always great fun.
2. Paint the blues away
Try painting, drawing, knitting or making a papier mache rainbow, the image which has come to be associated with hope during this time of lockdown.
Get the kids to draw Mum and Dad or vice versa. Even better, get the kids to draw what they see from the living room or hotel window. You never know; this could unearth a new skill for you or your family.
If you are at home why not put your new creations on the windows for all your neighbours to see – depending on how proud you are of course!
3. Get fit
Come on now, there’s absolutely no excuse for not taking some time each day to get a little fitter. Working out can do amazing things for our mental wellbeing as well as physical. It can be easy to just binge eat and lay about all day during the lockdown but getting up and moving around is vital.
We are so spoilt for choice with free workout options. Check these out. Frankly, we’ve never had it so good!
4. Write letters – the sweet old-fashioned way
It’s great to keep in contact through platforms like Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp, but nothing says “I’m thinking of you” like a handwritten letter. Teach the kids to write letters to their Gran or Grandpa. Not only will this teach them how we all used to communicate before technology, but it will improve their writing skills as well.
5. Lights, camera, sofa!
As I write this, the weather has turned and from warm, bright sunshiny days we’re back into our winter jumpers again. At times like this who doesn’t enjoy just relaxing all day on the sofa watching a movie marathon on Netflix? It could be Disney films, an action-packed adventure extravaganza or a romcom day. No matter what it is, the whole family will be entertained for hours when you all find films you can enjoy together.
If you’re a fan of the Great British Bake Off, you’ll know just what I mean when I suggest having a contest at home. (Even if you’re not, baking is very therapeutic – give it a go). The whole family can take part, each taking turns at being the judge and contestants. Some of my happiest childhood memories are of standing on a stool in the kitchen, wearing a tea towel round my waist, stirring the cake mix in the big yellow mixing bowl.
With luck, you should produce some delicious treats between you and guess what? Another great life skill for the children.
7. Start a new project
For many people, we have got a bit of time on our hands for the first time in I-don’t-know-when. Learning a new skill can be great for employment or hobby. This is the time to do it.
Although times are very odd for us all at the moment, there is plenty we can do to enjoy ourselves while the lockdown around the UK is going on. We can not only have fun, spending quality time with our loved ones but we can also learn about ourselves too.
Hopefully, it won’t be long before you’re booking your next trip away to the Butterfly Loft but until then stay safe and enjoy being at home.