Whilst we all know lockdown is necessary to keep our loved ones safe, there’s no escaping the fact that it can be pretty boring at times; not to mention the impact it can have on your mental health. Staying busy and keeping up your morale with fun activities is key to staying happy during lockdown - which is why we’re making it our mission to share 5 fun ideas a week for you to try at home. We’ll be creating a new article packed with new activities every Monday until lockdown is lifted so without further ado let’s dive in to week 4.
With the success of Netflix’s massively popular 'The Queen’s Gambit', chess is seeing somewhat of a resurgence lately. If you never learnt how to play then now is the time. Not only is chess a fun pass time activity but it’s also great for keeping you mentally stimulated. The rules may seem a little complicated at first but it doesn’t take long to pick up and start playing. Grab a board from The Works and start strategising!
Also, if you haven't watched 'The Queen's Gambit' then add that to your list of things to do.
Not only is Yoga easy to do at home but it’s also well-know for its physical and mental health benefits. Research shows that Yoga can relax you, help you build strength and even (in some cases) ease physical illnesses such as back pain. There are plenty of tutorials available online for you to follow and all you really need to get started is a yoga mat which can be picked up at places like John Lewis or Sports Direct.
Have you ever been reading a blog and thought to yourself “hey I could do this!”? Well there’s never been a better time to give it a try than during lockdown. Blogs can be a fun way to really dive into a topic or topics your passionate about and give your own take on them. All you need to get going is a basic web page and an idea of what you want to write about. Don’t let the tech side of things overwhelm you, there’s an abundance of easy-to-use website builders out there nowadays. It’s also a good idea to note all your ideas on paper before you start writing so you can build a plan for your work. This bloggers journal from Paperchase should do the trick.
With the help of handy DIY kits, making your own beer or wine has never been easier. That said, there’s still an art to perfecting the craft and this hobby is sure to fill your time if done well. If you’re interested then you should head over to Wilko’s website and take a look around. Not only do they have a fairly larger selection of kits available but you’ll also find a beginners guide to help you out.
Due to the advancement in smartphone technology, many people probably don’t think about investing in a real camera as much as they perhaps would’ve done a few years back. The thing is, if you’re one of these people, you’re seriously missing out! There’s so much fun to be had mastering the art of photography with a DSLR camera, not to the mention the results you can achieve. If nothing else, it’s a great excuse to get outdoors and explore the most photogenic spots in your local area. Of course, you’re going to need a camera before you can get snapping but there’s a lot of great affordable options out there for beginners (take a look at this range from PC World). Once you get the hang of things you can start filling up your walls with all your favourite photos or create a scrap book to document your progress.
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