Lockdown doesn’t have to be boring... You can make it productive, creative and fun simply by keeping yourself occupied. So, if you’ve pretty much completed Netflix and another day scrolling through memes in bed seems too much to bear, you could probably do with a few new ideas on things to do in isolation.
Here are our top 10 ideas on things to try in the comfort of your own home:
1. Recreate your favourite restaurant meal
Missing your favourite restaurant right about now? Don't worry, if Deliveroo can't bring it to you, why not have a go at making your favourite dish yourself?
2. Learn a language
Remember all those times between modules when you said you'd learn French, Spanish or Italian but just never got around to it? Now’s your chance.
Or if you really want to challenge yourself, why not try your hand at sign language? It’s the perfect skill to add to your CV and also available on the platform.
3. Make a scrapbook
All those iPhone and Facebook photo albums you've no doubt created since coming to study in London, why not turn them into an scrapbook?
Highlight your best moments, get creative with your cutting and use snazzy accessories to make it pop. It will be the perfect memoir to look back on when this is all over, and you can leave room to continue adding memories.
4. Re-visit your childhood
Enjoy some nostalgia during lockdown by investing in a jigsaw puzzle. Sure they might have seemed super simple as a kid, but the satisfaction of getting the puzzle edges all lined up then popping in the final piece seems so much better as an adult in isolation. Or if you're feel like being a little more creative, try an adult colouring book - another perfect calming activity to relax your mind.
5. Take a virtual tour
Fancy exploring an iconic landmark from the comfort of your home? From the British Museum and Museum of Natural History, to the Louvre and Vatican Museum.
Head over to our platform for virtual tours & live video experiences from some of the world's most interesting places. Another thing to tick off your virtual bucket list!
6. Write a song or poem
Channel your inner Taylor Swift and use this experience to get inspired.
Whether it's a haiku about Netflix binging, a rap about Facetiming with your friends, or a ballad about your daily exercise - turn this lockdown on it's head and get rhyming!
7. Get crafty
When was the last time you made something completely from scratch? Now's the perfect opportunity to learn a new craft!
8. Create an artistic masterpiece
Since we're learning new skills, why not have a go a creating a masterpiece? Whether that's through painting, drawing or model making, the great thing about art is it's subjective and open to interpretation. You don't need to be amazing with a paintbrush or know your different pencil weights, just have fun with it and express yourself.
9. Read a book of a different genre
We're all guilty of favouring a certain genre when it comes to books - if that's what you like then that's what you're always going to be drawn to. But now that we have a lot more time on our hands, why not try something a little different?
If you normally go for crime, try a fantasy book, or if you prefer fiction, pick up an autobiography - changing it up will make the days feel a little different and help break up your time in isolation.
10. Join a virtual event
Staying home is the new going out right? Luckily all the gyms, clubs and event companies know that too and have moved a lot of their events online.
Whether you're looking to find your inner zen in a yoga class, take part in a virtual pub quiz with your friends, or listen to music from that festival you were supposed to be going to, the opportunities seem endless!
Check out Chapter's platform offering live workouts, creative classes and stress-relief sessions. We're here to help you keep active, give you the opportunity to try new things and be your best self, all in the comfort of your own home.