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At the beginning of lockdown in March, we were all getting involved in-home workouts and baking, adjusting to working from home and seeing our family over video chat rather than in person. Although it was difficult not being able to give our loved ones a hug, we were doing it with good grace because we believed that it would only last for a short while. Now there are new ways and entertainment choices during lockdown, that might just fit you too.
Learn a new language
As everyone gets older and starts to reflect on things they wished they had done in life, one of the regrets that always seems to come up is – “I wish I’d learnt another language”.
So why not get started today? Lockdown is the perfect time to pick up an online course in language learning, as it will distract your brain from what’s going on in the outside world and be sure to keep you occupied for a couple of hours at least.
You might decide to pick up French, a language often left in the hallways of secondary schools, or German. The amount of people wanting to learn Italian and Spanish in lockdown has been on the rise as we’re looking towards the future of our summer holidays.
Improve your cooking skills
Some of us are chefs, others are bakers and the rest of us are just happy with a takeaway. Whatever your relationship with cooking, improving your kitchen skills is a great way to spend your time during the lockdown.
Pick up a recipe book by your favourite TV chef online or head over to one of the many food sites out there to discover new recipes and techniques. Or turn on a cooking programme, sit back with a glass of wine (and your notebook) and let the experts teach you their tricks.
Take up cycling
While you might have tried all the home workouts that the internet has to offer you, you probably haven’t broached into the outside world too much to see what’s on offer. Months of lockdown are sure to prevent that from happening!
But now the roads are open and the shops are selling again, you can pick up a second-hand bike relatively cheaply and explore the joys of independent travel.
It’s especially a good one if you are a fitness fanatic but have lost motivation over the past weeks, as the fresh air and wind in your helmet is sure to clear the cobwebs away.
Plant a herb garden
If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, like a luxurious garden, it’s quite hard to take up gardening. But with a herb garden, all you need is a little window sill in the sunshine to be able to grow-your-own greenery.
Take some toilet roll tubes and cut the bottom of them into four sections. Fold the sections in on themselves to create tube holders for your seedlings. Then fill the tubes with some earth and your pick of herbs, for a do-it-yourself herb garden at home.
Learn how to play an instrument
Much like learning a new language, many people as they get older wish that they’d learnt how to play an instrument. It might be as simple and classical as the piano with keyboards available to buy online, or as complex and thoughtful as the harp, an instrument that’s famously difficult. Whatever your favourite musical sound is, why not learn how to create it yourself?
There are so many tutorials online to learn how to play an instrument, so you don’t even have to enlist the help of a tutor. Many people who play the guitar, for example, learnt online before taking their skills to the next level.
Whatever you do during the lockdown, make the most of your time and try one of these exciting lockdown entertainment activities today.