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We are all in this together, although very much apart. One of the greatest threats to UK society, perhaps since the Second World War, and the best way to combat it and, eventually defeat it, is by staying at home.

Most of us are putting a brave face on it, and some might even relish the chance to work from home, spend more time with family and, perhaps, catch up on some television box-sets. Indulging in too much of the latter, however, is probably not going to help with your emotional well-being in the long-run.

Below we are going to look at some alternative ideas to keep you sane during the lockdown. Some of these are a little leftfield, so keep an open mind.

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Sophisticated Jigsaw Puzzles

One bit of advice that continued to crop up from those health workers who have already been through periods of quarantine was to set activities with long-term goals. A complicated jigsaw puzzle is perfect in that respect, as you can do a bit each day. Moreover, jigsaws can help your cognitive functions as they are, essentially, memory games.

Speed Dating

Obviously, something for the singletons and not if you are home with your significant other. Speeddater.co.uk is pushing out its Virtual Speed Dating platform during the coronavirus outbreak. In short, you have quick speed dates online with people in your area. Perhaps you can find some ready-made romance for when we can all go outside again. The cost? £5.

TikTok Challenges

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We are suggesting “TikTok” here, but it could be any social media or video-sharing platform, such as YouTube or Instagram. Everyone, including celebrities and sports stars, is taking part in challenges from toilet roll keepy-uppies to impersonating Gloria Gaynor with I Will Survive renditions. Join in – it’s a lot of fun.

Online Games

One to be careful with, as overplaying video games can be a lot like binge-watching television. However, there are lots of options online, including problem-solving games sites like Brain Games and in-depth quiz sites like Sporcle. Because bookmakers are shut, some punters might opt for casino games. There is a lot of variety and creativity there too, as you can see in this Britain’s Got Talent games review. However, be aware of your budget and keep in mind that you can usually play casino games for free in demo versions.

Grow Your Own

We really do not know how long all of this will last, nor if it will be a gradual return to normality or an abrupt one. In light of that, why not start growing some of your own food? Even if you don’t have a large garden, some vegetables like lettuce, chillies, tomatoes and spinach can be grown from a small balcony and windowsills. It’s a good one to get the kids involved, too.

Go to The Museum

Not literally, but virtually. Many of the world’s top museums now have virtual tours; so you can experience artistic and historical wonders from the comfort of your own home. As with physical museums in the UK, the cost is often free, but you can leave a donation to help support the institution.

Read a True Classic

You know, there is a long list of books that people claim to have read but never actually finished. Now is the time to actually do it. War and Peace usually tops the charts among Brits, but, be warned – it’s heavy going. If you want something for the whole family to read together, Alice in Wonderland fits the bracket as a story we all know but a book rarely completed.

Have a Zoom Party

Video conferencing apps are usually reserved for connecting businesses remotely, but they have now been incorporated by people wanting to connect with friends and family over a drink. Apps like Zoom and House Party have seen a huge surge in subscriptions (some basic versions are free) as people have virtual parties to get over isolation. Remember that you can get kids involved too, as they might be missing school friends. Moreover, don’t forget that video calls might help retain connections with older family members.


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