The UK has been in lockdown for over 8 weeks now, and it is definitely taking its toll on the population, with many people still forced to work at home. Today, I thought I would write a post discussing ways to make the most of lockdown. This is mainly aimed at those (like me) who have found they suddenly have a lot of time on their hands.
So, whether you’re waiting for your next school year to start, or you’ve just graduated, this post comes up with some interesting ways that you can make the most of this unprecedented time off!
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1. Learn a language
I am a bit biased because I’ve been learning French for almost 8 years now, and I love it. But I think that learning a language is always a fun and interesting skill to pick up. And it doesn’t have to be something high-level of complicated- an online site to learn the basics of the language is a good, productive way to pass the time.
Additionally, if you’re on a job hunt, learning a language can always look good for potential employees.
2. Pick up a hobby
I’m sure there’s something that you’ve never had time to properly dedicate your time to, or you’ve wanted to pick up if only you didn’t have to go to work everyday. So in these unprecedented times, it seems like the perfect time to go back to an old hobby, or even pick up a new one. I decided to pick up blogging as a full-time hobby, writing regular book reviews.
If you’re anything like me, because I have more time on my hands I feel pressure to use every minute of it productively, but even if it’s just drawing more, or writing the occasional short story, this could help to pass the time.
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3. Start a home workout routine
I am definitely not a fitness expert- I don’t think I’ve ever stepped foot in a gym. But I’ve found it helps me feel more focused if I have a regular workout time and routine, adding a little structure to my day without having to exert too much effort.
There are lots of apps available to plan a regular routine, so this doesn’t have to be anything too complicated.
4. Get cooking!
I don’t normally do much cooking when I come back to my parents house, but it’s been fun to occasionally make a few meals for my family. I’m not great at cooking, but especially since finishing exams, I’ve enjoyed making some easy meals.
5. Communicate with others in your situation
I’ve found it really beneficial to communicate with other people in the same situation as me, e.g. recent graduates. This is mainly a question of calling and messaging my friends and family. I also write articles for my University newspaper, The Yorker.
However, I’ve also found it nice to join a few Twitter blogging group chats, connecting with people who are just as bored of this lockdown as me!
Do you have any tips for managing UK lockdown? Do you have any skills you want to pick up now we have more time on our hands? Do you have any workout routines you can recommend?
Leave all your thoughts in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you 🙂
Happy reading x