Unfortunately, life during lockdowns isn’t necessarily fine and dandy, but there are still plenty of ways to make it fun, even in such conditions. Not being allowed to go outside doesn’t necessarily have to be painful – it gives you more time for yourself and for some of your hobbies.
If you don’t have hobbies that involve the absence of somebody else near you, don’t worry, we got it covered! Even for the weekends when you don’t have any remote work to do, there are a lot of fun ways to spend the lockdown, and here are our top tips:
It may sound like a task for masochists, but it can be very entertaining and educative if you’re up for the job. Pick up a book you really like and get it going while writing it again on your computer! Carefully structure the book with bullet points, bold text, headings, and so on. In this way, you’ll even involuntarily learn more about what it says in the book. Transcribing text is one of the most efficient ways of learning, and you can trustfully apply it to anything you need to learn – a cooking book, a programming course, and more.
Spending more time indoors can be as productive as possible, and you can use it also for working out. It’s not mandatory to go to the gym to stay in shape. You can surely do some push-ups or create yourself a few weights out of flasks of water at home. If you’re diligent enough, maybe you’ll even build up some muscles. Contrary to popular belief, working out even has a tremendously positive effect on maintaining good mental health – it gets you rid of anxiety, stress, and depression, which, of course, is very useful when you are affected by not being allowed to go out and see your friends.
Watch a movie
It’s not mandatory to go to the cinema to see a good movie, either. You can take advantage of a Netflix account and watch some of your favourite movies and TV shows. Furthermore, you can meet up virtually with your friends in a video call and talk about what you’ve seen. You can try out movies, documentaries, and TV series about pandemics or conspiracy theories, for instance. While we don’t claim that conspiracy theories about the ongoing pandemic express any kind of objective truth, they’re still interesting to grasp for amusement.
Meet new people via video calls
There are tons of apps out there ready to put you in a video call with other people who are thousands of miles away. You can try out Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Tinder, Omegle, Chat Roulette, WhatsApp, and a lot more. Our top recommendation is Omegle – it’s not explicitly focused on dating, and you can pick a topic of conversation before allowing the system to find you a partner. Furthermore, the app doesn’t require you to register an account or go through an annoying process of giving likes to other people while swiping through a lot of profiles. You just have to access Omegle, and you’ll immediately be put in a video call with someone else – he or she is usually far away from you, but what does it matter in the context of the pandemic restrictions?
Listen to some good music
If your favourite band released one or multiple albums in the last years that you didn’t already listened to, feel free to catch up with what you’ve missed. An entire weekend is more than enough to listen to your favourite band’s latest releases.
If you have any other methods of dealing with a lockdown during the weekends, feel free to share them with us in a comment!