So, you are in Lockdown and it seems to be the only constant today! You have exhausted all the steam of doing ‘nothing’! Your Netflix and Prime Accounts have been watched to the latest release. You have called every friendly mate and wondering whether to approach any of your Facebook friends. You are busted! You feel that the world has conspired against you and have nowhere to look. All the purposeless fun is over and you could help with fun things to do to beat the Lockdown blues. Above all, this phase will pass too and you may never have so much time on hand in the New Year. So, let us strike off your Bucket list of Lockdown days!
In these feminism days and post the recent watch ‘Ratatoullie’, I totally go with the belief ‘Anybody can Cook’! Cooking is a Talent that some are born with but hey, who says that the skill cannot be acquired? If you plan to go abroad, live in a hostel, pursue further studies in another location in your country or simply wish to refine your culinary skills, then put on that apron and hat and make your kitchen your exclusive restaurant. You may be a chef or a sous-chef, however, do tantalize your five senses with the magical take on cooking a spread. You can follow all the recipes of a reality show or simply follow step-by-step videos neatly shot by Chef Ranveer Brar (I really love him!) With the YouTube entering into the kitchens of the many, cooking any dish has been much easier than the minimum resources that one had those days. You will slowly get better and enjoy the aromatic delights that you come up with. Not to mention, the surge in your confidence to cook and fend for oneself will be highly satisfying
You always wanted to try you hand at Karaoke but the jitters to stand on the stage would stop you from pursuing it. Pull up your socks and sing your heart and soul through the night from the comfort of your home and smartphone mike. You might be in for a greater surprise and experience the simplest joy of using your vocal chords with no hesitance! Bring out the singer from you!
With the ever-increasing Lockdown days, you may find lethargy and heaviness in your body settling in. With nowhere to go and gyms being out of reach, make your living room into a pilates corner and sweat your boredom out. Nowadays, free fitness apps and web content will get you in rhythm and jive in no time. Strike a consistent pattern to your exercise routine with a persistent hour of warm up, core exercises and a cool down technique will keep you fit and healthy even from your home. Whether you follow the 100-pushup challenge or 60 seconds plank exercise form, or simply follow a celebrity workout on a web app, it will need grit, determination and set pattern in the day to lose those extra kilos and inches off your body. The last thing you need is heartburn or lowered confidence levels due to weight concerns at this time of the year!
Those were the days to step into a café or spend extra hours at the coffee pantry machine to catch up on some conversations. But hey, you can still have it all arranged through a Zoom or video conferencing session. It simply needs unified energy and intent and some soulful tea conversations planned at the same time with your friends or colleagues through an online platform. Put on your green hats and think out of the box. Go beyond the physical realms and plan an Online Tea Party with some hot fritters these rainy evenings with your BFFs.
I remember those fond childhood lazy afternoons well spent on playing Board games. Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly have been the biggest companions of all generations. You don’t have to wait to plan a board game with your child. Snuggle and catch up on old times with some board games. They will distress your mind; take you back the memory lane and bond with your children again. If you would like to play with your friends, then simply download the game on your smartphones and catch up on some favorite games online by simply being home.
Declutter your room. Declutter your home. Declutter your mind. Between juggling meetings or managing school days, you completely have neglected how much attention your home needs. Stained carpets or curtains, muddy windows, piled up cupboards, greasy counters or messy ambience – all can easily be planned and executed finally when you are working from home or at home. Focusing on one corner to a room will be less daunting and will keep you committed to the plan. Clean and neat spaces will make your home roomy and fresh. With absence of fresh and free outdoor air, clearing your indoor will be refreshing.
Declutter your mind too. Living at home amidst tremendous chores, difficult people and boring routines can get you pulled towards negative and useless thoughts. By combing out the negative turns, you will find yourself more mindful and calm. A few minutes of meditation or quiet time will help you largely to be connected to self and deeper within.
How many us were always wanted to read that book during the wee hours of the work and never could make time to read? With no travel time and work from home options to many of us can at least spare fifteen minutes of reading time in the day. Reading not only expands your worldview but also improves the language competencies of a person. You do not have to spend a fortune to buy books. There are free books on the Internet and many other applications that are available for a quick read.
If you are worried about losing your confidence in interacting with people during or post the lockdown period, I can totally understand! As the lockdown has certainly limited your scope of interacting with people face-to-face, the best way to overcome the nerves is to utilize this time to practice your communication through virtual interactions, meetings, coffee conversations or simply opt for an online learning program with a mentor. This will actually help you to ease the tension, excel at group meetings, and improve your soft skills and leadership skill. Finally, it will also add a feather to your cap and credibility to your resume.
Organic farming and kitchen gardening are trending hobbies and hugely popular in today’s youth. They want to grow their vegetables in their pocket gardens created in their kitchen sill or balcony. Absolute fun way to spend your time in nurturing few veggie and herb plantations in your backyard! Involve your family with quick info talks on benefits of organic plantations and enthuse your child towards nature and nurture talks. A great way to connect with nature right from the safety of your home!
Whether it is your wardrobe that needs extra check or spring-cleaning your cupboards or instilling a new lockdown exercise and nutrition plan for yourself, the important stand that you need to take is to maintain your wellbeing and positivity. With a deeper assessment on time spent for the mundane activities, affirm a unique opportunity to either learn a language or a musical instrument or simply work on your overall personality. Turn on your creativity quotient and look beyond the rudimentary ways of living these days.
If you only look beyond the routines, you will see innumerable benefits of working from home. A quick mention on three positive happenings of the day can change your perspective towards these lockdown days and mentally prepare you for facing the further steep in the pandemic graph. Above all, some thinkers have stated, ‘This phase will too pass’!
Also read: Online schooling: The new normal