With 2021 continuing to bring uncertainty to many, and a growing amount of people seeming to be stuck in isolation, life can feel unsettling at the minute. With the days of the first lockdown feeling a lifetime ago, and many of us feeling at a loss for creative ways to spend our long days at home while friends and family get on with their lives, we have put together some suggestions of how to keep boredom at bay while you isolate. We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling a bit ‘been there done that’ with all of the lockdown classic pastimes, like banana bread, French for beginners, and coffee recipes. These top tips will give you some new ideas of how to keep yourself entertained for your isolation period.
Host a games night:
While we can all look back at the Zoom quizzes of 2020 lockdown with a degree of fondness, it’s safe to say that, for many of us, they became a bit of a chore. If you find yourself stuck in isolation and twiddling your thumbs when it reaches 8pm every night, why not consider a fun-filled night of games with whoever you live with. Whether it’s a family game night, a couples game night, or a flatmate friends game night, it can certainly be a lot of fun.
If you’re looking for how to host the perfect games night, see our top tips below:
If you’re planning on a boozy games night, why not keep the competition going with the drinks menu for the night. Ask each person to choose their own cocktail recipe for the night, and take turns on making your round of cocktails for the group. Each round of drinks can be rated from 1-10, to really see who has some hidden cocktail making skills. It might even end in a spontaneous career path change.
Make the most of the ready-made games and quizzes, in the form of the best tv game shows. Whether you’re a fan of The Chase, The Weakest Link, or even Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, a group viewing can be a lot of fun, and can get very competitive. This option also takes away any sort of planning time that might go into the event.
Stick to the classics, and enjoy a fun-filled game of charades. It has always been a crowd pleaser, and can work wonders for getting everybody in the group up and involved with the game, bringing the competitive side out of just about everybody.
Get your animal cuteness fix online:
If you’re an animal lover stuck at home without any pets to meet your animal interaction needs, or unlucky enough to be self isolating away from your family pets, why not try the next best thing and watch some wild animals in their natural habitat, all in real time. It can be an amazing way to get a glimpse into a habitat you would normally have to pay an arm and a leg to see in a safari.
Many online animal camera providers allow you to choose from different species and wildlife environments, so you can really see into every corner of the world from the comfort of your own sofa.
Hop on the tie-dye train:
Unless you’ve been living under some sort of rock, you’re probably more than aware of how tie-dyed garments have taken over the fashion scene in the last year or so. While many of these trends might break the bank, and many are selling out in record time, you can join the craze fairly easily while making a one of a kind design from your own kitchen sink.
Find an old tshirt, hoodie, or pair of joggers that you don’t get enough wear out of, and let your creative juices flow with a tie-dye kit of your choice. It will provide a full afternoon of entertainment, and you’ll feel like you have a completely new piece of clothing at the end of the activity.
Join the charcuterie board craze:
The world seems to have gone mad in the last six months with all kinds of charcuterie boards. If you happen to be celebrating any kind of special occasion or anniversary in isolation, then putting together a board arrangement of your own could be a lot of fun, and a great way to mark the occasion that won’t feel like you’re sitting in your own dining room.
One recent trend to emerge from social media is to ditch the savoury snacks of the traditional style board charcuterie board, and switch them up for sweet treats, such as cookies, marshmallows, chocolate, truffles, and pastries. It can be a great alternative for kids who maybe don’t yet appreciate the selection of French cheeses.
Learn to give yourself a perfect manicure:
If you’ve been stuck inside for a while, chances are your nails are looking a little worse for wear. We’ve all been there, as the weeks go on your acrylic nails grow out to an unhealthy length, and there’s nothing you want more than a clean, fresh set.
One of the best ways to combat this is to invest in an at-home gel machine. The world is an uncertain place at the minute, and with cases on the rise across the country once again, you never quite know when you’ll be plunged back into self-isolation, with little warning. With your very own gel nail kit, you can always count on having cute nails, no matter the situation.
These are just a few of our helpful top tips to get yourself through isolation. Whether you’re on your own, with friends, flatmates, or family, it is important to keep busy and keep your mind occupied every day.