Depending on where you are in the world, you’ve probably exhausted your quarantine entertainment & boredom-busting options. Instagram is starting to lose its time-killing novelty, you feel like you’ve completed the internet and now you’re considering joining in with TikTok challenges. Don’t do it.
Whether your quarantine ends in two weeks or two months from now, you can definitely still stay sane and entertained. Well, at least one of the following tips is sure to hold you down, before things start getting really weird.
1. Embrace wellness winners
If you’ve been active on social media, you’ll fall into one of two groups; the first is the group of people taking part in quarantine fitness challenges, and the second is over seeing the endless ways in which they can stay fit during the lockdown. Whether you’re the former or the latter, chances are that you’re still low-key open to finding low-effort ways to stay healthy & sane. The simplest way to nurture calm and sanity is through meditation & yoga. It’s incredibly easy to find classes on Instagram & YouTube that you can attend, live or pre-recorded. You can also try meditation apps such as Simple Habit, Calm & Headspace. Yoga mostly falls under fitness, so you can also access classes directly from your MyFitnessPal, NTC, Fitbit or chosen fitness tracking app.
2. Be a digital social butterfly
Just because you’re in quarantine, doesn’t mean you can’t stay social. We know most people will be well acquainted with video calls by this point. But, here are a few different ways you can use video calling apps to feel like you’re back in the game (kinda). Missing the pub? Why not organise post-work video pints with your pals. Or, put a spicy “How well do you know X” spin on the ever-popular Zoom quiz and play to bond with friends. Sure, that one might require a bit more effort, so you could always try Zoom dinners with loved ones, or if you’re single and ready to have a digital mingle, Tinder Zoom/Facetime dates are all the rage right now.
3. Get learning
If you’re up to it, this isn’t a bad time to learn a new skill or upskill in your current profession. Just to be clear, we aren’t trying to guilt or shame anyone into upskilling. This is a pretty dark time and you may find yourself lacking motivation. The whole purpose of this particular tip is to help you refocus your energy, provide a constructive distraction and even if you spend 20 minutes giving something a go, that still counts as being productive. So, whether you’re up for learning a new craft, a language or hobby, there’s a load of different platforms that offer free and/or low-cost courses in lots of different subjects. Have a scroll/search/click around on YouTube, Lynda, Udemy, and the premium one all the cool kids are yapping on about, Masterclass.
4. Watch something new
We know this sounds impossible, given how much you’ve probably already watched during quarantine, but there’s still so much you definitely haven’t watched. So, take a break from your usual streaming platforms and browse endless and unlimited content on various video-sharing platforms (Vimeo, TikTok, Twitch etc). Can we promise that the content will be good? No. But, what we can promise is that there’s bound to be something you’ll find entertaining, or at the very least, distracting. That’s the joy of homegrown content, you get to see some really different stuff.
Check out YT Popular for YouTube’s most popular, YT Live for live streams & if you’re a gamer, Twitch is an obvious option. That being said, Twitch has more than just gamer content, some of it is odd (& possibly x-rated) but worth a browse.
5. Listen to something different
Leave your phone alone, turn off the news and tune in to a new podcast, audiobook or a niche radio station. We get that it’s 2020, so podcasts & audiobooks are prime ear-candy. But, remember the days when you just sat and listened to the radio? Granted, if you were born after 1995, you probably won’t have a clue what we’re talking about, but you won’t regret giving it a go. We suggest niche specifically because if you listen to Radio 1, you’re just going to get the news and other stuff you’re already heard. NTS & Boileroom are worth a shout if you’re open-minded.
6. Train that brain
Another great way to kill time productively is to do some brain training. Elevate, Lumosity & Peak are free (+ award-winning) iPhone and Android brain training apps. They are great for helping with improving focus, increasing productivity and for generally brushing up on core skills. You can spend as much time as you want on these apps and if you’re not feeling it, all you have to do is delete them. Talk about low effort & low commitment.
We hope that you found this article useful. If you did, do let us know on Instagram @lab3lltd and don’t hesitate to share your own tips for powering through this lockdown.