We’re living through some pretty weird times.
For the first two months of the year, most of us were getting on with business as usual – making plans with friends, booking holidays and travel, buying gig tickets and festival tickets. But over the past few weeks, a global pandemic has established itself and, for the sake of ourselves and others, we’re being asked to stay at home.
Now, this is many introverts’ time to shine.
They’re well-practiced in staying indoors and find joy in solitary activities. But for the extroverts and more social amongst us, being trapped in our homes can quickly begin to make us feel like we’re trapped in one of the nine circles of hell. So, what can you do to save yourself from the throes of overwhelming boredom? Here are a few ideas to get you started off!
Just because you have to stay in your home doesn’t mean you have to completely cut yourself off socially. We’re living in the age of modern technology and we can still see our friends with no contact. Perhaps the best way? Video chats.
Check out Apps like Houseparty and Zoom. Here you can talk to multiple friends at once. You can catch up over a coffee virtually, or make up a couple of glasses of wine or cocktails in the evenings and essentially have a “night out” from home.
Pick Up a New Skill
Now’s a better time than ever to pick up a new skill. What have you been wishing you had spare time to do lately? Well, now’s your golden opportunity. Been wanting to make your own short film? Learn how to record, edit and share videos on mac here: https://setapp.com/how-to/record-edit-share-videos-on-mac.
Wanted to write a short story? Get the pen and paper out. Wanted to learn some basic salsa moves? Put on a tutorial and practice in your living room. Always wanted to know about a certain era of history? Start reading up on it online. Fancied trying out yoga? Get into some gymwear and watch live videos from yoga influencers on Instagram.
Get Experimental With Your Cooking
Chances are you’ve got a lot more time on your hands to make meals now. No more grabbing a cereal bar for breakfast as you run out the door. No more basic noodles for dinner to save time. Instead, you can get a bit more experimental with your cooking, picking up new meals and skills.
Take a look in your cupboards, see what ingredients you have and look up recipes you can make with them. You never know – you could begin making some really impressive meals. An alternative is to get into baking. You can bake a whole number of cakes with just a few basic ingredients. Follow along Youtube tutorials or follow simple recipes online.
These are just a few things you can try out. Do a home workout. Read a book. Put on a facemask. Enjoy a little time for extra rest and relaxation. Sure, your options may currently be a little more limited. But there’s still plenty to do!