3 Ideas on How to Keep Busy At Home

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Even before lock down measures stretched across the world, the house was getting a little boring. There are only so many times you can bake a tray of cookies just so you have an excuse to wash the dishes, after all. But it’s important to keep busy, whether there’s a global pandemic going on or not. It keeps you interested in your home. It means you don’t dread waking up every morning fearing there’s nothing to do, it means that you can get something done. 

 

But where do you start? You’re all out of puzzles. You’re tired of rearranging your bookshelf. The thought of dusting or vacuuming once more makes you feel ever-so-slightly nauseous. These are the first few things that come to mind, but they are not the last, so here are three ideas on how to keep busy at home. 

 

Get Into Shape (Finally)

 

Okay, so you can’t go to the gym, and you may even be unsure if you want to go out, but you can still stay healthy while working from home, and you might finally fulfill your yearly resolution to get into shape long before you consider it a lost cause. 

 

Whether you’re eating less fast food because everywhere is closed or having the time and the energy to go for a run around the backyard, you can make the most of having what feels like all the time in the world. Furthermore, a quick workout is a great way to break up the day so that you won’t feel like the minutes tick by too slowly for your liking. 

 

Clear Out This Mess (Finally)

 

Clutter is something that seems to grow exponentially, and it doesn’t matter how much you try to forget about it or cram it away in the attic, it persists. 

 

Knowing you have an abundance of clutter will wreak havoc on your mind. You know that unless you do something, it will only get worse. Sorting and getting rid of your clutter can be a cathartic experience. You can take a trip down memory lane but also clear some space in your house and your mind. 

 

Learn Something New (Finally)

 

The devil makes work for idle hands, so give them something to do. There are thousands of things you can explore while stuck inside. You can learn an instrument, learn to paint, try knitting, or crocheting. Just do anything to keep you busy. 

 

Learning something new isn’t just a way to keep you busy, though. It’s also fantastic for opening your world to different things. This will allow you to find new hobbies that can stay with you even after the pandemic finishes. You can get the whole family involved so you can try this journey together and support one another along the way. 

 

Staying Busy (Finally)

 

Whether you live alone or with your family, keeping busy is essential to staying firmly in love with your home. If you’re unsure of how to spend your time while you wait around to get back outside, then consider trying out one of these, two of these, or even all three.

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Lockdown Lunacy: Your Greatest Assets In Avoiding Stress and Anxiety During the Pandemic

Feeling anxious? Stressed? Irritable? Moody? First of all, don’t beat yourself up about it. It’s okay not to feel okay. Especially when we’re all in the throes of an international pandemic. We’ve been cooped up indoors for weeks now. We’ve been diligently practicing our social distancing, straining to keep the kids where they should be while under lock down and coping with the learning curve (and reduced paycheck) that comes with working from home. Under the circumstances, you’re doing an incredible job of keeping it together!

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But that doesn’t mean you don’t need and deserve a helping hand when it comes to reducing stress and easing your anxiety. Your home can either be your greatest ally or your greatest enemy when it comes to avoiding stress and anxiety. Here we’ll look at some items around the home which can do you a world of good…

 

Your windows

 

Natural light is both the ultimate office perk and the perfect antidote to cabin fever. So make sure you get plenty coming into your home. Great quality windows are a long term investment, so use a reputable company like Plymouth Window Installation if you plan to replace yours. The right windows can help you to make the most of your natural light,are easy to clean, keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, saving you money on heating and AC. What’s more conducive to a relaxed mind than knowing you’re saving money? 

 

What’s more, your window can give you a great view of…

 

Your garden

 

Who could have known that we’d come to view our time spent outdoors as such a luxury? Nonetheless, the time we spend in the garden can be a great antidote to the stresses and strains of your workplace and your home becoming the same location. 

 

Gardening, fresh air and spending time amidst your flowers and plants can all be a fantastic boost to your mental health and allow the stress of the day to melt away. 

 

Your phone

 

Like your home, your phone can either be your greatest ally or your greatest enemy. If you use your phone to trawl through Facebook and Twitter you’ll likely be struck with a feeling of FOMO as everyone seems to be navigating the lock down better than you… or simply watching people being hateful to one another. However, when you use your phone to call or video chat with your friends you can enjoy an endorphin hit that helps your stress simply drift away. Nothing eases anxiety better than seeing a familiar face. 

 

Your pantry

 

It’s not just the plants in your garden that can be a huge boon for your psychological well being. The food you eat can also help you to reduce stress and anxiety. We’re not talking about the guilty comfort foods you enjoy over the weekends. We’re talking about all the wholefoods and plant based foods which can gradually alter your brain chemistry and stabilize your mood. According to recent studies, plant based diets are directly linked to lower levels of stress, depression and anxiety. 

 

Your pets

 

Finally, we cannot underestimate the importance of pet therapy throughout the lock down. Spending time with your furred and feathered friends can help ease stress, make you smile and boost your mood throughout the day.

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4 Things You Might Want To Rethink When The Lock down Is Lifted

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, much of the world has gone into lock down. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re at home rather than work. In fact, you’re probably spending more time between those familiar four walls than you might have anticipated when you ushered in 2020. You may be working from home full time or have been placed on furlough by your employer until the lock down is lifted and life returns to normal. Still, at least this is a good time to make the most of your spring cleaned home and slow down the hectic pace of life a little.

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As stir crazy as you may be feeling right now, and as alluring as a return to normalcy may feel to you, we should all be asking ourselves one question. Which parts of “normal” are worth returning to? Because these recent weeks have shown us some ways in which a little change might just be good for us. For instance, you may want to rethink…

 

The businesses you choose to support

 

All over the world we’ve seen businesses at their best and their worst in response to the global lock down. Some businesses have done an exemplary job or protecting their employees’ jobs and helping them through this difficult time. Others, however, have unceremoniously let huge swathes of their workforce go without any support whatsoever, even encouraging them to seek employment elsewhere temporarily before coming back to them. 

 

We’ll all need to vote for a more ethical form of capitalism with our wallets when all this is over, remembering who has looked after their workforce and who has left them out to dry. 

 

Your gym 

 

The good news for the fitness conscious is that there are all kinds of workouts which can be done from home to keep themselves fit, lean and healthy while on lock down. Still, many will yearn for an opportunity to hit the gym. But were you ever really getting your money’s worth out of your old gym? Maybe now is the perfect time to look into an alternative like Fitness 19 which offer more for your money without keeping you locked into a restrictive contract. Why give more for less?

 

Your commute

 

Across the globe, we’ve seen a significant reduction in air pollution and more wildlife returning to our major conurbations, with fewer cars on the road and fewer people on the sidewalks. This may cause us all to wonder whether or not we should work from home even after this is all over, at least on a part time basis. Or maybe we might want to ditch the car in favor of cycling to work, at least for a few days out of every week. If you’re enjoying the current cleaner, clearer skies, you might need to rethink your commute. 

 

Your career

 

Finally, many of us will be reevaluating our careers and asking ourselves what we want and expect out of our jobs. When the gears of commerce return to their former speed, many of us might want to look into new career or even consider the path of entrepreneurship. With many around us falling ill and tragically losing their lives, those lucky enough to remain unaffected are slowly realizing that life is too short to waste in a job that doesn’t give them the fulfillment they deserve.

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