Britain has entered its first day of coronavirus lockdown today (March 24th 2020) after Boris Johnson delivered his speech urging people to stay at home and only leave the house for food shopping, exercise once a day and essential travel to work. The Prime Minister said that for at least 3 weeks people should just stay at home and failure to do so without one of the reasons listed will result in fines or even arrest. With summer approaching and the weather recently taking a turn for the better, we’ve put together a list of things to do to prevent you from getting bored.
You can use your garden and also go outside to exercise but you should stay at LEAST 2 metres away from other people. Staying at home means you should:
not go to public areas including work and school
not use public transport or taxis
not have visitors in your home including friends and family
not go out to the shops – order food, medicine and anything you need online or get someone to drop them off and leave them outside your front door.
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Make your lunches or dinners more exciting by hosting a BBQ for the household. With the weather heating up and the sun shining, make use of your garden and dine outside for a change. Having the same routine everyday will get boring and no one wants to be stuck inside 24/7. Since you are allowed to still be in your garden why not take full advantage and switch the BBQ on early. Maybe you’ve never cooked on a BBQ before so it’s something new to try? Or maybe your children might want to learn? Additionally, BBQ’s are said to be a lot healthier. You eat less fat when you grill since the excess drips off the grates, you use less butter and vegetables on the grill are better for you. Grilling also goes well with outside activities so the whole family can stay entertained.
Outdoor obstacle courses
Obstacle courses are a great way to encourage your family to leave computer games and Netflix behind to get some fresh air. Set up races and competitions so the whole family can join in. You don’t necessarily have to have all the equipment such as cones and tunnels when you can be imaginative and create your own! There are many different ways you can create your own garden obstacle course including:
Laying down a rope to walk across like a tightrope
Propping a broom across 2 buckets or chairs to jump over
Lining up chairs to create a tunnel to crawl under
Using boxes to jump over
Do 30 star jumps at a star jump station
Get into a bin sack and do a sack race
Throw tennis balls into a bucket from a distance
Board games, puzzles or colouring
Put your brain to the test and do some board games, puzzles or even colouring. These are also activities which can bring the whole family closer together and keep the children occuupied. Maybe do family themed quiz nights or card games. Puzzles and board games, especially those which include questions also help reinforce existing connections between our brain cells. And these activites don’t have to just be for children. Studies show that for adults by doing puzzles your general knowledge, cognitive skills, concentration, problem solving and memory will all improve. If you don’t have any at home then there are lots of free online crosswords or word puzzles.
Whether you’re mowing the lawn, planting seeds or pulling up weeds, gardening will not only give you a good physical workout but will also improve your mental health. Soak up the vitamin D and spend your time in isolation by making your garden look pretty. Looking outside and feeling like you’ve achieved something will definitely make you feel proud. Spending time outdoors not only reduces depression and stress but it also helps reduce the risk of strokes and osteoporosis. Furthermore, it also improves your immune system which is exactly what we all need right now.
Themed cuisine nights
What better time to try as many new foods and dishes as you can and how to cook them. Not only will you learn new recipes but meal planning will become a lot more simple since you will know exactly what you are cooking beforehand. This can also benefit your children as they will know exactly what to expect. If you have picky eaters in your house, themed cuisine nights are a great way to make it fun. Get your children to contribute with helping or choosing which theme they’d like. Maybe they’d like ‘Taco Tuesdays’ or ‘Pasta Night’. You could even pick one day of the week for a ‘Family Favourite Night’.
Cultural cuisine ideas:
Want more ideas? Read our other blog on > 6 Things To Do While Self Isolating
Lockdown doesn’t have to be boring when it can be as fun and as productive as you make it! Keep yourself busy and safe at the same time.