Amid another wave of COVID-19, it starts to feel monotonous. I know as well as everyone else who is going stir crazy that being stuck in the home for days on end can seem torturous at times. Other than those essential grocery trips or taking the dog for a walk, we have to make the most of our time on the inside. Since the previous lockdown I came up with some great ways to keep my mind and body active, so when we are given the all-clear I can be my best self! Don't waste your time watching reruns of the same sitcom over and over. Here I will be sharing with you my top 5 tips to keep your mind and body active during lockdown!
Have you always wanted to learn a new skill but never had the time? Well, let me tell you that the time is now! Whether you want to take up knitting or learn how to become a chess master, take the opportunity to learn a new skill. While in lockdown last year I took the chance to learn a new language. I may not get a chance to utilise my talent until international borders open back up, but it was a great way to keep my mind ticking over when I was unable to interact with so many people I was used to seeing weekly. Some great ideas include arts and crafts, make use of those Pinterest pages you have been following for so long! Learn to play online games with people around the world, or even try and get your friends together over Zoom for a virtual escape room each week. This is a great time to pick up those things you never thought you would have the chance to try!
Pick up a side-hustle
Start a new workout routine
They say that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. These few weeks at a time of lockdown is certainly a great start! There are so many online workout programs to suit a range of people. You can find yoga, Pilates, aerobics, weight training, and so much more! I am guilty of never having the time to keep my body in check. When we are working and housekeeping, and making sure the family is fed and happy our fitness can often fall by the wayside. But this is your chance to do something for yourself and your well-being! Start working out as often as you can, whether you prefer a daily, biweekly, or more intensive regime. This is your chance to come out of COVID-19 lockdown looking and feeling your best!
Try new dishes at home
After coming home from a long day at work I am sure many people can agree that cooking is the last thing you want to be doing. I would much rather sit on the couch, with a dressing gown and a glass of wine watching a new episode of the Bachelorette. But, during COVID-19 lockdown I have a newfound passion for cooking. There is something about trying new dishes, and the satisfaction of cooking them yourself that I find so rewarding. I have taken the opportunity to try new dishes from around the world. My kids and I have a game where we pick a country at random on the world map and find a dish that is enjoyed widely in the chosen location. I have to say, there are some things that I would have never tried, but found surprisingly good! Bratwurst has become a staple at my home, who knew German food tasted so good?! But with travel restrictions in place, it is a great way to feel adventurous without even leaving the home. Who knows, you may find your next favourite dish too!
Make the most of family time