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Keeping Yourself Busy During a Global Pandemic

How have you been coping amongst the madness that is the Covid-19 global pandemic? While some have been using this time as a period of reflection and an opportunity to take up new hobbies, others are struggling with cabin fever. If you better identify with the latter part of that sentence, you certainly are not alone.

Around the world, millions of people are stuck in lockdown as governments aim to protect us against contracting Covid-19 and their nation’s health services that would be treating those with more severe cases. That leaves us stuck at home, unable to see our friends and families. At this point, the days have all merged into one and there seems to be no sign of normality returning any time soon. To help keep us sane, or as close to sanity as is reasonably possible right now, starting a project at home helps pass the time by engaging our minds.

It is important for our physical and mental health to take our minds off the pandemic. The worst thing that you can do is to sit in front of the television watching the news every day, as the recovery process is going to be a long and painful one. To help you through this time, we thought you might appreciate some ideas for what you can do while you wait to be released from quarantine.


Many of us are taking on DIY projects around the house, such as erecting a fence in the garden, decorating the spare room, or finally getting around to retiling the bathroom. Others are working on passion projects that they simply never had the time to dedicate until now. For example, if you consider yourself to be something of a wine collector, now is the best time to install a made to measure wine rack in your kitchen or basement, if you are lucky enough to have one.

Learn a Language

If DIY isn’t your thing, then you could be one of the many to have set themselves the challenge of learning a new language during the lockdownVarious apps are available on your smartphone device such as Duolingo, that create daily lessons that take you just a few minutes. If nothing else, it’ssomething that you can put down on your daily to-do list to help make you feel that little bit more productive.

Playing with the Kids

Having all this time at home does come with one positive, which is that you get to spend so much more time with the children than you otherwise could have ever imagined. Of course, if you are working from home then the children may often be more of a distraction, but what better way to break up your morning and/or afternoon than running around the garden with the little one(s)? You may not feel like it right now, but one day you will look back on this time with the children with fondness, even if the circumstances are not quite so positive.

Virtual Quizzes with Family and Friends

It’s important that we stay connected with our loved ones and, even though we are stuck indoors, we can still spend time with friends and family via video call. It’s not quite the same as being in each other’s company, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still laugh. Take it upon yourself to be the quizmaster and invite your friends and family into a conference call, Zoom has become very popular during this pandemic, and find out who the Einstein of the group is, as well as the winner of the dreaded wooden spoon.

No one is pretending that lockdown is easy but, with little things to keep ourselves occupied as we wait it out, we can – and will – get through this together. It’s all about making the best of a bad situation and enjoying the time that we have to spend with the family that we live with.