We’re well into the lockdown and running out of things to do. So, if you’ve watched all the Showmax and Netflix movies and series you can and you don’t feel like spending another second on the couch, then this is for you.
This might just be the perfect time to do all the things you’ve dreamt of doing but never found the time for, like writing that novel, painting that wall or baking that three-teared cake. For many parents, having kids at home 24/7 can be tiring so try these things to get your mind off the cabin fever.
Missing the gym? Home exercising is a challenge for super-fit gym fanatics. But you can still burn kilojoules at home.
Since physical movement is restricted, working out at home can be beneficial for both your mind and body. General practitioner Dr S Tenzer says exercise “will strengthen your immune system and improve your mental health”.
Fitness fanatic and model Unathi Platyi says his home exercises include push-ups, squats, walking lunges and planking. But you can stick to regular stretches if you want. And you can record and share your videos to inspire others.
Everyone has to eat, right? Why not turn your meals into an opportunity to do some food blogging? Put a little more effort into the presentation and use your phone to shoot and edit.
Share the videos and snaps on social media. This could be a fun task to do with the kids so get them involved and try new recipes.
For the kids
Taking a break from the schoolbooks and playing games with the kids might help. “Playing music with children and just dancing can be fun,” says Mrs Moore, a teacher at Observatory Junior School.
“Young and older kids sometimes enjoy art. Get some paints, paper and pencils, and allow everyone to draw the leaves in the garden or draw each other,” Mrs Moore says. Kids also enjoy cooking and baking with their parents.
Do you believe you can sing or dance? Write your own lyrics, get a beat free online and compose a song. Or create music with the kids using tins and sticks.
“Music can help you to de-stress or relax,” Dr Tenzer says. “With a little bit of body movement, you’re also adding exercises that get the blood moving.”
Record your video, share it on TikTok and you could become TikTok famous!
Fix up your home
Upcycling old furniture is a great way to spend lockdown indoors. Get up, try your hand at a spot of DIY and give that old bookshelf a paintjob. Or transform old clothes into designer wear.