Things to do During Lockdown (Without Going Outside!)

August 09, 2020

Most countries in the world are experiencing some form of lockdown right now, as coronavirus seems to be on everybody's mind. It can be hard to fill your time (and remember what day it is), so I thought I'd make a list of some small things I've been doing to keep myself busy, and stop the days blurring into one another.

1. Empty your email inboxes
I used to hate checking my email accounts because it was so overwhelming. My inboxes were stuffed with marketing emails from companies I ordered one thing from five years ago, and it was impossible for me to find out some actual useful information. One thing I'm proud to have accomplished while on lockdown is a total declutter of my email inboxes. I've unsubscribed from irrelevant mailing lists, and cleared out my inboxes to just genuinely relevant correspondences, before sorting them into subfolders so they're easy to find later. It's such a relief, and it really didn't take me as long as I thought it would.

2. Organise your stationery
I'm a bullet journaler, and I hoard stationery like a dragon hoards her gold. And I don't doubt that so many of you do the same thing. Sometimes, there is only one pen that will do the job you need it to. Yes, I have 100s, but no, they're not all the same. Maybe now is the time to sit down and organise your stationery in a way that works for you - by colour, brand, type, favourites, etc. Having a concise system not only makes things easier to find, but could maybe even encourage you to draw or journal more!

3. Organise your makeup
In the same vein as the previous recommendation, now is a really good chance to go through your makeup collection. Do you really need a foundation that's four shades too light or dark? No. Do you really need that blusher you've had since you were 12 and is now impossible to get any pigment out of? No. Do you really need that mascara that's giving off a funny smell but you chuck it back into the makeup bag instead of into a bin? NO. Go through your collection, find stuff that's expired, that you never use, that never worked for you in the first place, and get rid of it. Then you can proudly display your streamlined collection.

4. Take up a new hobby
My personal hobbies include watercolour painting, embroidery, and sewing. I enjoy doing these things and I'd recommend them as hobbies to take up! Personally, I'm aiming to branch out into doing oil paintings during this lockdown period. I'm sure we've all got items stashed somewhere from a hobby we intended to take up but never did. Now is the perfect time to get started on something you've always wanted to!

5. Have a pet photo shoot
Your furry friends are gorgeous, and you shouldn't be the only one who knows it! Why not get out your camera or your phone and capture the beauty of your pets while you have the time? Animals can be tricky to photograph, because you can't tell them to stay still and they can be unpredictable, but that means that you can spend plenty of time getting some gorgeous (and maybe even derpy) shots of the best member of the family!

6. Do some baking
Obviously, ingredients can be hard to come by at the moment as supermarket stock is in short supply, but if you can get your hands on some basic ingredients, spending an afternoon baking is a great way to pass the time. Maybe watch some episodes of The Great British Bake Off and see if anything inspires you - although I advise staying away from a Baked Alaska (#JusticeForIain). Baking is super fun and you end up with some gorgeous, cakes, biscuits, pies, and tarts to get you through lockdown; yum!

7. Listen to some new podcasts
To quote the judge from The Good Place: "There's, like, a billion of them, and they just keep coming!" Here are some of my favourites:
- 'My Favorite Murder', for true crime, feminist goodness.
- 'And That's Why We Drink', for a combination of true crime and paranormal stories.
- 'This Podcast Will Kill You', they have a great series on coronavirus, but also info on other deadly diseases in case you want to stop hearing about Covid-19 for five minutes.
- 'FT UK Politics', to keep you in the know about what's going on in UK parliament.
- 'The Purrrcast', for super chill conversations about our feline friends.
- 'Vox Reset', for fascinating discussions about the tech industry and how it shapes our society.
- 'Switched on Pop', for discussions and breakdowns of a variety of songs, music artists, and the music industry.
There are genuinely podcasts on any subject under the sun, so if none of these interest you, just do a quick search for 'podcasts on [whatever your interest is],' and I'm sure you'll find something to suit you.

8. Reach out to friends
We're all lacking social interaction at this time, and arranging a Zoom meeting with your class, colleagues, or family, to catch up with one another can be a great way to boost that. Alternatively, video chat or phone people one-on-one, or drop a message to people you haven't spoken to in a while to see how they're coping with all this. People will be pleased to hear from you, and you may feel better for speaking to someone outside of your household for a while!

9. Exercise
It's very easy to become one with your sofa at this time, but it's a good idea to keep up some form of exercise to keep your body (and mind) healthy. I'm not suggesting you run a marathon in your back garden, but doing some yoga to stretch out your limbs, or maybe an ab, arm, or leg workout, is a great idea to keep moving. The app 'Yoga Studio' has some great yoga flows for free, and at all levels. And I personally have been enjoying some Scola Dondo workouts on YouTube to build strength while in lockdown.

10. Start/Resume/Continue a blog!
Blogging can honestly take a lot of time. You've got to write your posts, take your photos, promote your posts once you hit 'publish', and think about the design and layout of your site. If you're looking for something truly fulfilling that you can sink a lot of time into, blogging is a great way! If you've started a blog and abandoned it, log back in - I'm sure people miss you! And if you've never started a blog before, Google's 'Blogger' is a user-friendly site to start out. The world is full of people with a variety of interests, and someone somewhere is genuinely interested in what you have to say.

11. Renovate the worlds in The Sims 4
A challenge I've set for myself during this time is to rebuild every lot I have access to in The Sims 4. Yes, it's stupid, but it's something that doesn't involve either coronavirus or my university work, and sometimes it's good to step away from those things. If you enjoy playing games like this, why not give everyone makeovers, or renovate every house? You're allowed to take a break from productivity, and this is a fun way to do that in my experience.

12. Learn something new
I myself have often felt quite ignorant about UK politics, so I've been taking the time to look up the political parties in my country and learn why I agree or disagree with what they're saying. It's been interesting for me to look up historical political figures from the UK, as well as gaining a better understanding of what's going on in parliament at the moment. If there's a particular topic that you've always felt a lack of knowledge on, maybe take this time to do some research and gain some understanding.

13. Sign Some Petitions
All over social media, people have been sharing petitions for causes they really care about. Find one of those causes, and add your name to the list of people who want to see a change in that area. Black Lives Matter is a really prevalent cause at the moment, as are conversations surround transphobia and the LGBTQI+ community. Maybe, like me, you're passionate about ending animal testing for cosmetics. All it takes is a quick Google search to find charities and petitions surrounding all sorts of good causes. Just take the time to look!

14. Finish The Thing
We've all got unfunished projects; things we started with enthusiasm but gave up on halfway through. I myself have dresses that I made but never hemmed, drawings that have yet to be painted in, and jewellery that was organised but never properly displayed because 'I just don't have the right storage'. Take this time to finish those projects that have gone unfulfilled, and show yourself that that time you put into them original was worthwhile. You'll feel better for not being surrounded by the ghosts of inspiration as well!

15. Spread a little bit of joy
I love walking to the supermarket (staying six feet from other pedestrians, of course) and seeing the rainbows and teddy bears that people are displaying in their windows. Why not do the same if you haven't already? Scroll through Instagram leaving positive comments for other users. Purchase a couple of things from Etsy, and know that you've made a little vendor very happy! There's so much negative energy in the world right now, and together we can help to alleviate that a little bit.

I hope this list can provide you with some inspiration for activities to do to keep yourself busy. If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to follow my social media accounts via the links in my sidebar so you don't miss a post!

Thank you so much for reading this, and have a lovely day!

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