Of course, you can use this later too!
After speaking with a few friends and family members, I made a list of what all you could do during a lockdown period and otherwise whenever you get bored. While some people are busy with everyday house chores, office work and pampering their family members, others are bringing out their talents and using this time to follow their passion.
Here is a detailed list of ideas to stay busy besides house chores, office work and taking care of your kids.
Half of India is trying different dishes. Though I am a huge foodie, I have no real interest to try out new dishes every day. I do help out hubby when he is baking or cooking. I also have plenty of friends who are bringing out their hidden culinary talents with the help of Google or their grandma’s recipes. They say that this was a great way to introduce the family to various types of cuisines.
Believe it or not, I was a bookworm once. I have finished Sidney Sheldon’s novels in a few hours. Now, I have several novels lying around waiting to be read. But there are many who are using this time to finish the novels that have been gathering dust all these years. Hats off to them!
I am not a professional artist but I love trying out different types of art. I have tried Zentangle, Mandala, drawing Unicorns for my daughter and simple doodles. I find it relaxing to just sit and draw.
My daughter and I love to paint. We have tried terracotta painting, glass painting, canvas painting and painting with water colours. My 3.5-year-old son joins us with his colouring book. We have spent two whole days only painting. Some of my friends are also painting their furniture to give their homes a cheerful look. You can do too!
I started planting a few greens like mint, chilly and basil for the fun of creating a kitchen garden. Later on, my hubby got us some flowering plants and I kept taking plants from friends who were leaving for good. Now, I have a full-fledged garden to take care of. I do all the sowing, planting and re-potting while the watering is done by the men in the house. It is indeed a wonderful way to keep busy and indulge in nature. No, I do not use a gardener.
Currently, there are plenty of courses available online; through video calls as well as various websites. There are courses on languages, art, music, robotics, building bricks, baking and so on. It is a nice way to learn something new. If it was a few years ago, maybe I would’ve enrolled myself in a few, but now I only enroll my kids for these sessions. My daughter learnt basic Japanese during the lockdown. You can also self-learn how to play an instrument by following videos on Youtube. Search and you will find. Here are a few blogging courses if you are new to the world of blogging!
If you love to sing, singing on Smule is an awesome way to spend time de-stressing and exercising your vocal cords. If you have a karaoke set, you can sing with everyone at home. If other members of your family play instruments, you can go a step further and enjoy jamming sessions while playing your favourite songs.
Yeah many of us want to chill but I cannot chill every single day. I make it a point to eat healthily and do some kind of workout almost every evening. Everything is available on YouTube. Find something that interests you and give your body the exercise it needs. My workout is dancing.
I had made a resolution to call my friends and family, in the past couple of years, for their birthdays, but there are many people who are lost in the race of life. Spending some time calling an old friend is an excellent way to remember the good times and with video calling so easily available now, you have no excuse not to do so.
During the lockdown, I have watched series like ‘Four More Shots Please’ on Amazon Prime and Lucifer on Netflix. I am currently watching ‘The Blacklist’ on Netflix and ‘The Good Wife’ on Amazon Prime. Hotstar and Zee5 are also good options for movies and series. Sometimes, we also have a movie day with the kids. You can check out the list of movies and series to watch with the kids on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
This is a great way for the whole family to participate. We have played Pictionary, Cluedo, Dobble, Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Housie, Cards, Ludo, etc. Some of my friends are also putting together 1000 to 5000 pieces of puzzles along with their families.
This is a great option for those who love party games like quizzes and bingo. I have been taking part in them almost every week. I have come to learn about the crazy variations that are played with bingo. I play housie while cutting vegetables and cooking.
Normally, I play word games like Scrabble, Word Blitz, etc. But there are many other games that you can play for free online. Ask your friends to invite you to some or just browse through your App Store. We are currently playing Pictionary on the Gartic app.
After waking up at weird hours of the night because of babies and early in the morning because of school and work, this is the best time to snooze and let your body rest as much as possible.
I’m not sure how many of you spend time praying every day, but I feel at peace whenever I do. There are live videos that you can watch, though visiting the House of God can never be replaced by them. Some meditate. Some do yoga. Some pray. Do whatever calms your senses.
Some of us had plenty of ideas of making videos that included friends, but it is only now that many have been implemented and finally posted online. I believe in making videos that inspire people to be positive, give a message or show some kind of talent. Some friends living in joint families are also dancing with their family members and posting the videos online. It totally brings out the happiness and positive vibes within the family.
Though I do not fancy craft, I am indulging in some DIY activities along with my kids. We have melted broken crayons and made colourful ones. My kids have also created tic-tac-toe boards, photo frames, greeting cards, masks, lampshades and obstacle courses. We have tried different make-up, hairstyles and given ourselves pedicures too. Some of my friends have knitted shawls and created wool birds as house décor.
This is something I haven’t done yet but found it quite interesting. Some of my friends have created a gorgeous background and taken cute pictures of their kids. This is definitely something I want to try out soon. Other friends have dressed themselves up and had their pictures taken in different parts of the house or with different innovative backgrounds. The photographers will find this quite exciting to implement.
Some of us find it thrilling to keep shifting our furniture around the house. I mean it’s possible when you have the space to do so, but clearing out unwanted items is also a good way to rearrange your things.
I am a part of an association whose main aim is to help those in need, mostly by educating the underprivileged. While that is at a halt as of now, a few of us, with precautions, are helping daily wage earners and stray animals around us, with essentials like food and cover. If this is a feel-good factor for you too, do check if you would like to help those who are not as blessed as you are during this pandemic. I’m sure you will find many.
For those of you who are working from home, check out how you can meet work obligations with kids around you!
This list can also be used when you are waiting for hubby to get home or missing the kids who have gone for month-long camps. Do share if you have any more ideas on how to stay busy in addition to the above mentioned because I would love to know!