7 useful things to do during a lockdown for adults
Nia Bennett | Jun, 5 2020
The lockdown has been a difficult time for many people around the world. Being stuck inside 24/7 is not good for your physical or mental health. However, if you look on the brighter side, this is a great time to re-evaluate life. Our everyday life has changed dramatically and it is highly unlikely that what we considered ‘normal’ will go back to its usual form any time soon.
This quarantine time is a great way to reassess goals and some of the ways you can stay mentally and physically happy is by doing things that will help you grow.
1. Pick a new hobby
The most obvious thing on the list is to rediscover what you love or what you always loved. Now you finally have the time to do it.
The quarantine period is a good time to find calm and one of the easiest ways to do it is by dedicating some time towards a new hobby. Something you love without any external pressure. If you ever wanted to try carpentry, pottery, drawing, playing an instrument, learn martial arts, learn to dance then you can use this period to dedicate some time to help you heal and find happiness. Plus learning a new skill always helps in self improvement and confidence.
People spend an endless number of hours of gardening because it is the simplest, most effective method to bring serenity into your life.
The smells, sights and the joy of seeing something you planted bloom is wonderful. This is a great activity to do first thing in the morning or evening after work. It will naturally help you destress. If you live in an apartment or a house where there is a little space to garden then worry not, you can add plants indoors and create the illusion of a mini nursery inside. Some easy, low maintenance indoor plants are asparagus fern, yucca, spider plants and air plants.
3. Experiment with cooking
You are, what you eat. The reason for a growing number of health issues is caused by food, particularly because of eating the wrong type of food.
The lockdown is a great time to think about food and using it as a source for nourishment.
Cooking can be a soulful way to bond with someone, let that be your kids, partner or a sibling. Play your favourite tunes and make cooking and eating food a stress-free and enjoyable experience. This can be a great way to learn some new recipes and incorporate foods filled with various vegetables, meat and fish. With a host of YouTube channels, learning to cook can be a life-changing experience that is worth learning during the quarantine.
4. Finding new ways to stay fit
Whether you are a gym-goer or not, staying home with no exercise or so social contact can be soul-destroying. The easiest way to get a boost of the feel-good hormone, endorphin is through exercise. This can be through walking, running, yoga, cycling or trying home-based cardio that fits your level of fitness. You might be a gym-goer that thrives on an exciting, fitness fuelled environment but there is a high chance that way of staying fit needs to be adapted to your current lifestyle.
Don’t use the lockdown as an excuse to not exercise. Find an activity that suits your interest or fitness level. If you miss workouts with your friend, try Facetiming or Zoom-ing your friend and workout together.
With endless options, virtual classes, free workout videos and apps, finding ways to exercise has become easier than ever.
5. Learn a new language
Being bilingual is an asset. With all that extra time in your hands that was lost in driving or being stuck on a train can now be used to learn a new language. There are many benefits to learning a new language, some of which include: understanding a new culture, increase in brain power and memory, an increase in career prospects, especially if you learn languages like Korean or Japanese. Learning a new language also helps you become a better listener and increases your concentration among other things.
6. Read a book
There are many benefits to reading. It’s a great way to reduce stress, increase your knowledge and vocabulary but also it is an interesting way to keep you mind active.
If you are struggling with sleep problems due to stress then it’s worth knowing that reading books can also have a calming effect that will help you sleep better.
7. Start a business
If you have ever wondered what it would feel like to be your boss then now is the perfect time to experiment with a business idea.
The way we work has changed and the way businesses take place has transformed, so starting a new venture from the comfort of your home is highly doable.
Covid-19 has resulted in so many job cuts and redundancies. In this wavering climate, working for yourself could provide you the stability and extra cash you need.