Bored at home during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic? If you've reached the end of Netflix and the idea of spending another day on the sofa looking at memes is too much to bear, it's time to change up your routine and get those creative juices flowing.
Staying at home may be limiting but it doesn't need to be boring - from learning a language to organizing your wardrobe, starting a blog to writing a novel, there are plenty of productive things you can take up to pass the time - why not start right now?
Call your family and friends - You’re not the only one that’s self-isolating and people will appreciate a friendly chat or text message to let them know you’re thinking of them.
Clear out your closet - Dedicate your new-found time and attention to sorting out your clothes, decluttering your home, and getting rid of items you haven’t worn for 12+ months.
Read a book - It’s time to read that book that’s been sat on your shelf for the last few months. Get inspired by a best-selling memoir, indulge in a celeb-approved book or escape to a different world for a few hours. Hot drink and blanket recommended.
TV - Did you miss the Game of Thrones craze or are you late to the Grey’s Anatomy party? Now’s the time to catch up on all that TV you’ve been curious about, so get comfy and get ready to commit hours of your life to watching someone else’s dramas.
Do a Crossword or Sudoku - Looking for something a bit more challenging? Put your brain to the test and do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle and see how far you can get. There’s lots of online crosswords or word puzzles which means you don’t have to leave the house!
Make a photo album/back up your phone pictures - Remember that vacation you took in 2016 or when you swam with dolphins? Ensure that memories like this are treasured by taking the time to compile a photo album or scrapbook. Similarly, make a back-up of photos on your phone, to ensure you don’t lose them in years to come.
Start a blog - Your interests are probably shared with thousands of other people out there. Use your down-time wisely and start a blog to share your thoughts or favourite hobbies.
Bake - Indulge your sweet tooth and try a Bake Off masterpiece of your own at home.
Learn how to knit - Pick up your needles and take the time to hone a new skill like knitting. Not just for grandmas, knitting is considered incredibly therapeutic and practical.
Dance it out - Blast out some of your favourite tunes and get dancing in your bedroom, living room or bathroom. Hairbrush microphone optional.
Exercise - Replace your gym visit with an at-home work-out, with squats, burpees and push-ups all achievable without equipment. Transform your living room into a yoga space and stretch it out.
Make the most of the abundance of time you now have at your disposal. Stay well, stay healthy and keep positive.