As organisations begin to practice increased social distancing measures, many businesses have asked employees to work from home, and as schools across the UK shut down to contain the spread of COVID-19, parents and carers may be at a loss of what to do. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of things you can do to keep yourself and the kids entertained for however long it takes until business continues as usual. For many, self-isolation may be a disorientating experience, especially for those of us who are used to spending 80% of our time outside of the house! Nevertheless, it’s important to look on the bright side, whilst channelling our energy into some productive activities.
Do it yourself (DIY)
It’s now apparent that it’s more than just the light bulb that needs fixing… the more time you spend at home, the more you’ll realise how much work there is to be done! With all the spare time on your hands, there’s no better time to start filtering through all those odd jobs that you just never got around to. Whether it’s time to re-paint the skirting boards or to drill a hole in the wall and finally hang the mirror up, see what other DIY tasks you can find whilst you’re self-isolating.
Just to clarify, this does not mean transforming into the Incredible Hulk- we were thinking more along the lines of growing some potatoes or basil! Not only is this a cost-effective way of getting some sustenance, but it will also give you a project to look after day-by-day. It’s also something fun to get the kids involved in too, and it should definitely take up a significant chunk of your time, especially while the weather is good!
Although the National Gallery has now been temporarily closed down due to COVID-19, you can still take a look at some of the National Gallery’s incredible artwork by taking a Virtual Tour. It’s a great way to learn some history as well as educating the kids whilst they’re off school. With a virtual tour of 18 Gallery rooms and over 300 paintings to immerse yourself in, you’ll get some undeniable Renaissance knowledge.
You’ve been meaning to do it for a while now, and we know the diet starts next week, but as they say, there’s no time like the present, and what better place than from the comfort of your own home? Avoid awkward eye contact and the sheer embarrassment of not knowing how to work the hip abductor by getting some exercise in with effective home-work outs. You can find some easy-to-follow guides on YouTube or Google, or Joe Wicks (@thebodycoach) is hosting PE sessions for you and little ones on social media. After all, a healthy body is a healthy mind.
Right. We know this one might be controversial and probably has a time limit, but what’s more beautiful than coming together as a family? Minus the fighting and constant ‘he said, she said’, of course. But you could dust off the Monopoly or get out the Scrabble, and find you have an amazing time as you re-connect.
Take some online courses
If you need something to keep your brain stimulated, there are an abundance of online courses you could look into. Future Learn has a variety of subjects to feed your mind, and you may even come across a passion you never knew you had. Pick up on something you’ve been meaning to learn about but haven’t had the time for – if not now, then when?
Cook up a storm in the kitchen
Self-isolating means that unfortunately you can’t eat out at your favourite restaurant, and with talk of a lockdown, you might not be able to get food delivered to you either. This means now is the perfect time to broaden your culinary skills by practising some recipes! You’ll have plenty of time to perfect your signature dish. Stuck for inspiration? Be sure to check online- BBC Good Food has thousands of great recipes.
It’s important to be mindful of your surroundings as well as your well-being whilst in quarantine, and meditation might help you get a bit of peace of mind in times of uncertainty. Find a quiet space, light some candles and clear your mind with some therapeutic meditation music or relax with a meditation colouring book.
Practice an instrument
As we prepare to spend a significant amount of time at home, it’s important that we focus on doing things that will enhance our skills and improve productivity. Practising an instrument can be good fun, and it’s also an inventive way to keep yourself entertained, especially when there are slim pickings when it comes to entertainment.
It’s finally time to start watching Harry Potter from start to finish, just like you said you would, or if you’re in the mood to watch something more action-packed, sit back and relax whilst watching the many variations of agent 007 – that’ll give you something to do for a day or two.
And last but not least…
Staying at home for a prolonged period of time may prove difficult, but that’s even more of a reason to rise to the challenge – There are plenty of things to do to remain productive, just remember to wash your hands at regular intervals and use anti-bacterial wipes for things that you touch or use often. Taking hygiene seriously is a key factor and it’s also important to take care of yourselves. Stay safe everyone!