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Things to keep you busy during lockdown

Published: 12/01/2021

Due to the current national lockdown, many of us are finding ourselves with a lot more time on our hands and filling this time can sometimes feel like a struggle. So we have put together a list of ten different activities to keep you busy during this time and hopefully bust some of that boredom!

Walking


For many people, going out on a walk for their daily exercise has been a great way to break up the day and a chance to get some much-needed fresh air.

It’s important to bear in mind that the current guidelines suggest that we shouldn’t be travelling too far out of our way in order to get our daily exercise. So, be sure to check out our blog featuring nine different walks across Norfolk here – there should hopefully be one for everyone!


Decluttering

Once the madness of Christmas has passed, January is often a time where people choose to have a declutter of their homes. With lots of people finding themselves with more spare time, what a great opportunity to thoroughly declutter your space!

You can find our tips on decluttering in our blog post here.


Puzzles


A hobby that a lot of people picked up in the first lockdown, doing a good old fashioned jigsaw puzzle. A great activity for mindfulness and to pass some time, why not give it a go if you haven’t yet?

What’s even better is that you can keep it local and support a small business by putting together beautiful Norfolk landscapes photographed by photographer Paul Macro. Paul sells a range of his stunning photographs in 1000-piece puzzles, which you can find here.


Cooking/Baking

Another great pastime is baking or cooking. Perhaps there is something you have always wanted to make but never had the time, or a recipe you would like to perfect? Well now is your chance! This is also a good activity to get the children involved with and even better still, you’ll have something yummy to eat when you’ve finished as a reward.

This is another activity that people find quite therapeutic and stress relieving, something we could no doubt all benefit from.


Crafts


Whether you consider yourself to be artistic or not, crafting can be a very calming pastime and it comes in many different forms. Whether you want to have a go at scrapbooking or even try your hand at ceramics and pottery, you could find something you’re really passionate about!

Painted Peppermint are a local mobile paint your own pottery company that provides fun for people of all ages. You can check out what they offer here.


Learn something new

If learning a new skill is something you have been considering, then take your new spare time as the opportunity to do it! It might be that you would like to teach yourself to knit or crochet, or even that you have always wanted to learn a different language but have never had the time. Whatever it may be, you can really use this time to your advantage!

Duolingo is a great resource for learning languages with over 30 to choose from using their free mobile app or website.


Read a book


A simple one but it’s very easy to fall out of the habit of reading when we’re so caught up with everyday life. Take the chance to sit back and relax with a book of your choice, it’s also a great way of getting some escapism if everything feels a bit too much at the moment.


Exercise


It felt like everyone started doing home workouts at the beginning of the first lockdown, but it’s not too late to give it a go yourself or start doing them again! It doesn’t have to be anything too intense; you could even give yoga or meditation a go if that’s more up your street.

There are so many videos online for this, as well as virtual classes for you to get involved with.


Check in on family and friends



Now that many of us have a lot more time on our hands, what better opportunity to have a good catch up with friends and family? It’s important to check in on our loved ones and offer them support if they need it during times like these.

You could even organise a virtual meet up with a group of friends and do a quiz together or have a drinks night, something to lift everyones spirits!


Listen to a podcast



Over the past few years, listening to podcasts has gained a lot of popularity and it’s easy to see why! They’re so easily available, free to download and there really is something for everyone with such a wide range of genres.

Another great thing about them is that quite often you can listen to one whilst you’re doing something else, like while you’re on a run or when you’re cooking.