How To Stay Occupied And Entertained During Lockdown

Jul 26, 2020 by

Especially tricky if you’ve got young children or you have limited mobility, keeping mentally engaged is the key to avoiding boredom and even depression. Take this time to expand your horizons and broaden your mind.

Try these tips and recommendations to help you stay occupied; some might even surprise you and perhaps some tips for blowing off some steam in the UK

Learn a Language.

Might seem obvious, but what about learning an old language like Latin? There’s a method in my madness, Latin is the basis for all modern languages. If you study Latin, you will understand the basis of romantic languages like Italian or Spanish, even English.

Because two-thirds of English words are derived from Latin, learning Latin will give you a better understanding of vocabulary, structure and meaning of the language.

Medical terminology derived from Latin, so this is invaluable if you’re studying to work in the medical profession or you just want to be good at crosswords.

There are several online courses, and some of them are free to use. Duolingo.com is a good example, but there are plenty of others to choose from. Benediximus, my friend!

Take up Sudoku

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Not a wordsmith? Then something with numbers might be your thing. Online sudoku keeps the brain active, and an active mind is a healthy one.

Sudoku.com has free online games at every level, easy to expert and even a little tutorial. You can challenge yourself and others to complete your puzzle in a set time frame.

According to some online forums, puzzles, sudoku, and just ordinary reading and writing regularly can delay onset dementia and even Alzheimers. Sudoku has the benefit of being stimulating and relaxing at the same time; that’s not an easy thing to do.

The Jigsaw gets a New Lease of Life.

The rise of the popularity of the jigsaw has surprised many. No longer the sole domain of your maiden aunt, puzzles are red hot right now with some unusual designs selling well on auction sites, and retailers unable to re-stock fast enough. So how did this happen?

Blame the jigsaw clubs on Instagram and Facebook who have made this pastime fresh and, in turn, the appeal has trickled down the generations. Sharing photos of your completed or even incomplete puzzle has created a stir no-one would have expected, but that’s not the only reason.

Therapists say focusing on detail helps relaxation. The no-pressure environment with a creative payoff counters the effect of anxiety, giving a sense of control in an unpredictable world. Of course, this is only true if all the pieces are there! If you’re not into jigsaws, I have some other suggestions.

Join a virtual tour

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Museums and art galleries are beginning to open, but most of us would still prefer to stay at home. Luckily many of the exhibitions are online. So you can peruse through MoMA in NewYork or walk through the ruins at Pompeii online, led by guides who know every inch of the paintings and monuments on display and won’t want a tip at the end.

Art, not your thing? No worries. NASA has launched tours of their rover on Mars online as well, so you can view the world around in a whole new way. Through the power of virtual reality, you can walk on the moon or venture through a black hole, if you find any Klingons, please leave them where you found them.

Bake Club

We all love cake, and this is where all you bakers come into your own, whether it’s banana bread or a cottage loaf this online community shares tips and photos of the produce.

Local bake clubs are set up to feed the community, local groups talk to regional groups, and the call goes out for whatever is needed. Cakes, biscuits and bread baked for those who are struggling, and it is a beautiful thing to share food that might otherwise go to waste.

Online bake clubs are set up just for children, and they are interactive and fun, you can talk to a fellow baker Dundee or Hong Kong, this is an excellent way for children to share their day with other children at this difficult time.

Once you have made those cookies put the kettle on and sit down to your weekly book club review.

Online Book Club

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Just like bake club, the book club is an online community of critics or just enthusiasts. Penguin.co.uk, the renown publishers, have an article giving tips and advice on how to set your

book club. Probably the best piece of advice is to join a book club with like-minded members after all if you love Sci-Fi a discussion about a romantic novel will not interest you.

So lockdown does not need to get you down, you can stay occupied, stay busy and learn something along the way, you might even make new friends. You never know you might emerge from lockdown with a different view on life.

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