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How to Stay Busy During a Lock Down!

If Covid-19 has taught us one thing, it’s that in a split second anything could happen that impacts our existence as human beings. Unfortunately, as we saw, these events happen without warning. In order for South Africa to combat against Covid-19, we were asked to stay indoors as part of the lockdown initiative.

This forced everyone to start budgeting finances, gathering essentials like food and medicine. Our physical health was now the most important thing to take into account. However, we completely forgot about our mental health. Slowly we started getting agitated and irritated due to being trapped in our own homes. With boredom kicking in, our minds began to change. Luckily many people managed to cope, but some didn’t. They lost their minds completely! So we decided to list 5 activities to do at home when you’re not allowed to leave your four walls. These activities are easy to do in order to stimulate the mind. They basically keep you from going bananas!


Yoga is both spiritual and physical. Yoga uses breathing techniques,  exercise, and meditation. It helps to improve health and happiness. Yoga is the ideal way to exercise your body and mind at the same time. Practice Yoga during a  lockdown and discover a way of leaving your house without actually leaving your house. Practice yoga in the morning as it’s the perfect way of kick-starting the day. It leaves you relaxed and calm. Ready to take on another day of ‘house arrest’. After your first session, you’ll immediately feel capable of taking on another week of being stuck at home.

Board Games

Yes, family members are the people who tend to get on each other’s nerves. However, when stuck at home with family, it also means you have friends and people to do things with. So when faced with boredom and have no idea what to do, why not have a game night? According to our made-up statistics, 99% of households own at least one or two board games. So go to your closet and grab a game and announce game night. It’s the perfect way of bonding with one another and it provides a ton of quality time. You’ll be surprised how fun it can actually be.

Just never play Monopoly!

Arts & Crafts

Hobbies! Hobbies save lives!

Break the feeling of boredom by diving deep into your creative side. Either paint or sculpt. Yes, you might not have materials needed, but a true artist can create everything out of anything. Grab a brush and start painting something you love, or follow a  simple design. Use clay or make your own play dough and sculpt away. Using your imagination is such an important factor when it comes to art. At least try it once. Who knows, you might be the next Pablo Picasso or the Great Michelangelo…

Try New Recipes

Since you will anyways be cooking more than usual as a result of fast food joints forced to close, why not try something new! They say a change is as good as a holiday. You might not be able to go on holiday, but your taste buds can! Play around on the internet and find new recipes you want to try out. Once you have one, make a grocery run and obtain them. Easy as one, two three. Trying new recipes is a great way of stimulating your mind, plus the rest of the household will love trying something new! Trust me, eating the same meal over and over while being stuck indoors can be agonizing.

Home Renovations

During a lockdown, you will undoubtedly get tired of looking at the same four walls 24/7! So what do you do? You change them! You paint, you build, and you repair. Take a stroll through your house and see if anything needs a new color or perhaps a few repairs. Go and fix the kitchen cupboard door that’s been stuck for two months. Go outside and give your house life with a brand-new color. When it comes to House Renovations, we all need some. Luckily, you’ll even have a team of helping hands in the form of family members. They’ll be stuck just like you so they might as well assist.

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About the author

Riaan AG Beeslaar

Written by the founder and editor of Blue Monkey Magazine.

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