Covid19 is a hot topic in the media at the moment. Many countries including my own have gone into lock down as the number of Covid19 sufferers rises daily. As we’re all at home now learning to socially distance ourselves from friends and family, boredom is sure to set in. If you’re like me, cabin fever strikes just a few days into being at home for a long period of time. I’ve come up with 10 activities to help bust boredom during this time of social distancing. If you’re already doing these and can suggest ones not on the list, leave a comment below with what you’re doing.
- Learn a new skill. Many apps and websites make learning a new skill online possible. Skillshare, Itunes U, Udemy and Coursera are just a few websites that feature online courses in an array of topics. If you look hard enough you will be able to find free courses too.
- Pick up a book. Now is a fantastic time to escape into a land that is not our own. Join your favourite characters in their adventures and leave the stresses of reality behind for a while. If you’re looking for books to read, check out what your friends might be reading on goodreads or my own Profile.
- Exercise. Though we are required to stay at home, this does not mean that we can’t exercise. Getting out for a walk while keeping the practice of social distancing in mind is a good idea. Keep healthy by staying active. There are many workout apps for IOS and android that are accessible to people who are blind or have low vision too, making them great apps for everyone. Some of these can even be used on an apple TV if you own one. Eyes Free Fitness is a YouTube channel that features a variety of described workouts for the blind yet you do not have to be blind to do them. Happy exercising.
- Netflix with friends from the comfort of your home. It’s possible for you to watch netflix with your friends from the comfort of your home while they watch from theirs. Netflix party is a google chrome extension which lets you and your friends watch the same show or movie. The extension has chat and play pause features that allow you and your friends to watch at the same pace. You can get the extension Here.
- Find a new hobby. Whether it’s online or offline, this extra time you have at home is the perfect time to start a new hobby. Perhaps it could be linked to a skill you’re learning or something completely unrelated. Building your own blog or starting a YouTube channel are just two examples.
- Listen to a podcast. Like blogs, there are probably thousands of podcasts just waiting to be listened to. You can listen to them using a computer or your smartphone using your device’s native podcasting app or an alternative. My favourite app for this is Overcast. If you think you’ve got a good idea for a podcast, perhaps this is something that could be done in item number 5 on this list.
- Give your home some love. I’m sure that there’s a part of your house that you’ve been wanting to renovate or redecorate. With plenty of time to spare, now is the time to do it. If you need to leave the house for supplies, remember to keep social distancing in mind. Loving your home could be anything from giving it a good old Marie Condo makeover to discovering your green thumb out in the garden.
- Look back on years gone by. Everyone or at least most people I know has a box or album of photos somewhere in their house. Perhaps spending a few ours looking back on good times shared with friends and family is a good way to spend part of a day. If you’re so inclined, digitising your images might also help to pass the time.
- Have a virtual hangout with friends. Being socially distant doesn’t mean completely isolating ourselves away from friends. As technology has changed so much over the years, now is the perfect time to be stuck at home. Text your friends, pick a time and platform, grab some snacks and drinks and chill with your besties. There are many platforms that make video calling possible, even some free ones.
- Play a game. Whether it’s online or offline, games in any form are an awesome way of passing the time. If you’re living with someone who is blind or has low vision, there are many games we can play electronically, just check out audiogames.net, a website that features many different types of games for those of us without sight. Challenging your friends to games of trivia with Trivia crack or getting dicey with Diceworld are just two examples.
Done and Dusted.
There it is. My first post in a few weeks done and dusted. It’s been an interesting few weeks for many, including myself. I have struggled to find the motivation to write and will freely admit that it took nearly a week to get this post out. I hope that you and yours are doing the best you can in these tough times. If you would like to support me and ensure the blog’s lights continue to run, please do consider buying me a coffee. If you wish to support in other ways, please do share this post with your friends and family. Perhaps they too can bust their boredom.
As always, thank you for reading.