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 our ninth week of activities.
Get lost in your local area
How well do you really know your local area? Even if you’ve lived somewhere for many years, there are just some places that you have no reason to visit or explore. With walks being one of the few things you can enjoy outside of the house during lockdown, there’s never been a better time to venture out into the unknown.
Forget planning a route, just start walking and follow whatever twists and turns take your fancy. We’ve tried this personally and ended up discovering all sorts from hidden wildlife spots to beautiful houses, tucked way coffee shops and more. Just be sure to take your phone with you so you can find your way home!
Shop swap with your friends
Everyone has their favourites. Why keep them to yourself? Challenge your friends to create a list of their top 10 places and then exchange notes. If all goes well you should end up with a new bucket list of shops, cafes and restaurants to visit once lockdown lifts. You could even start making plans with your friends to take it in turns visiting your favourite spots together.
Order from a restaurant you’ve never tried before
Although we’ve not been able to visit restaurants since the start of lockdown, many of Nottingham’s food establishments have made their delicious delights available to us via a variety of delivery services. Why not branch out and treat yourself to something you’ve never tried before? Nottingham is home to an impressive variety of cuisine and you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to check out what’s on offer. You never know, you may just discover your new favourite restaurant.
If you want to have a browse, we keep a list of most of the city’s eateries on our website. Get started here.
Make a top ten list of things you’d like to do when lockdown ends
We’re not there just yet but there does appear to be light at the end of tunnel! Having things to look forward to is great for motivation so why not try creating a list of the top ten things you’d like to do once lockdown lifts. We’ve created one of our own below if you need a little inspiration.
Create a joint playlist on Spotify
Whether you’re new to the streaming service or a long time user, there’s a ton of fun features on Spotify that you may not know about or haven’t used before; one of which is the ability to create a collaborative playlist with your friends.
To get started, all you need to do is create an account and then follow the person you’d like share the playlist with. Once you’re all set up, you and your friend can then begin adding your favourite songs into the playlist for each other to discover.
There’s no limit to how many playlists you can create so you could create a few for different occasions. Examples could be ‘songs to make you happy’, ‘songs to work out to’, ‘throwbacks’ ect. Give it a try!
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