The world has never been like this before. Who could imagine not going on holiday during summer break, not taking your kids on a picnic on the weekend, or not hitting the dance floor at the clubs after a long week of work? The pandemic has turned our lives upside down, but we have to learn to adjust ourselves in this ‘new normal’.
People are always busy with their work at the office; children are occupied with their studies. Everyone needs some time to entertain themselves and unwind. However, at the moment, you cannot meet up with your friends, gather for an extended family dinner, or go somewhere far for a holiday. Even the common forms of entertainment like going to movies or shopping may not be possible.
So, we must find ways to entertain ourselves at home. You will be surprised to know that there are, in fact, a large range of ways you can keep yourself pleasantly occupied within the four walls of your apartment.
Here are 7 fantastic ways to entertain yourself at home.
- Watching movies or sports
These days, there are lots of mediums for watching movies. You can watch great movies on a movie channel on TV or use Netflix or another subscription-based streaming service. These services allow you to watch movies on a laptop, a smart TV or even a mobile phone. They have a huge collection of movies of various genres and you can even watch some of the latest movies here. So, your craving for going to the movie theatres can be satiated by watching movies on one of these services.
Different sports tournaments are going on now which you can watch live on TV. You can watch a cricket match, for example, of your favorite team and enjoy the commentaries and in-depth analysis of the games on sites like Sports Pundit.
- Read a book
Due to technological advancement, people now use mobile phones to play games, watch movies, and even read books. Many people have forgotten the good habit of turning through the pages of a good book. Why not have a look on your bookshelf and try to find a book that you haven’t read. Sometimes, reading an old book again can give you joy. You can also order books online – why not discover the classics, read up on a subject you’re interested in, or simply get lost in a good novel?
Exercise will help to lift your mood at this difficult time. You can easily do yoga or other exercises like aerobics or Zumba in your living room to keep yourself fit and healthy. Exercising releases endorphins, the natural chemicals that make us feel happy, so it will keep you going for the rest of the day. Many people are suffering from anxiety or depression due to the current situation of COVID-19. Exercise can help to fight depression, not to mention keep you in good physical shape. As you cannot go to the gym, you can buy a treadmill or elliptical machine to create a home gym where you can exercise every day.
- Clean you house
Another idea is to give your home a good deep cleaning. Though home cleaning is not a form of ‘entertainment’ in the real sense, you may enjoy it. You will certainly get rid of all the clutter that has accumulated in your home over the years and make your home tidy and organized, which will give you a sense of achievement. You can also reorganize your wardrobe and give away the clothes you don’t need to those in need and rearrange your furniture or do a spot of redecorating to give a new look to your home.
- Do online shopping
Online businesses have grown exponentially in recent years and especially over the past few months. With bricks and mortar stores closed or restricted, the retailers are trying to sell their products online to stay in business. Online shopping is fun: you can shop for clothes, electronics, and even groceries. Many people enjoy window shopping online. There are so many interesting products out there and it is entertaining to visit these online stores even if you don’t buy anything!
You will notice that social media is full of with pictures of home-made food: for many, this is the perfect time to brush up your culinary skills. You can pick up recipes from YouTube or various blogs and try out new dishes at home. Cooking is a great way to spend your free time and also make your family members happy. You can even take it a step further and enroll in an online cooking course.
- Take a virtual museum tour
Many museums, like the Louvre and National Gallery in London, are offering free virtual tours for visitors. You can take such a virtual tour and look at the world-class paintings and sculptures of many renowned artists – it’s a great way to gain knowledge about art and culture.
This pandemic is making us do things differently. Entertainment is no longer about big gatherings and outdoor activities. There are various ways to entertain yourself at home. Choose from the options above or come up with some creative ideas of your own and beat the boredom during this trying time!