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Constructive Ways to Spend Your Time During Lockdown

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Because of the onset of the novel coronavirus, many of us have found ourselves house-bound for the foreseeable future. Although spending the vast majority of one’s time at home is liable to seem like a daunting prospect for people who aren’t natural homebodies, there are far worse things than sticking around the old homestead. While some of us commonly associate being stuck at home with boredom, there are a number of fun and constructive ways to spend your newfound abundance of leisure time. Anyone looking to make the most of their time in lockdown would do well to consider the following options. 

Make Your Living Space Sparkle 

There are numerous benefits to keeping a clean home. Clean, organized environments conducive to peace and relaxation, and given how much time many of us are spending at home, it’s only natural to want this space to be as spotless and clutter-free as possible. If your home environment is filthy and disorganized, it’s easy to see why you wouldn’t be amenable to hanging out there for long stretches. As an added bonus, the very act of cleaning provides us with ample opportunities for body movement and physical exercise.

If there are any long overdue cleaning tasks that you’ve routinely placed on the backburner, there’s no time like the present to tackle them. For example, if your bathroom or kitchen have seen better days, break out the necessary tools and get to work. Since kitchens can be particularly tricky areas to effectively clean, you may need to enlist the help of online experts to achieve your desired results. So, if you’re wondering how to clean a range hood filter, simply fire up your favorite search engine.

In addition to cleaning, you should also take this opportunity to get organized. If there are any old items you’ve been meaning to sort through or treasured possessions you’re looking to itemize, now’s the time to get the ball rolling. 

Hone Your Cooking Skills 

When you’re in lazy Sunday mode, the temptation to forgo cooking and order takeout can be very strong. While ordering in can be a great way to support local businesses during a bad time, indulging in takeout too often can quickly eat away at your food budget. Instead, use this time to hone your culinary abilities. Whether you’re an experienced cook looking to expand your repertoire or a novice cook looking to learn a few basic recipes, make a point of spending time in the kitchen every day. Not only will you emerge from this experience a more capable cook, you’ll regularly get to experience the satisfaction of dining on meals you made with your own two hands.     

Enroll in an Online Class 

Lockdown can also be a boon to anyone interested in continuing their education. If you’ve been meaning to return to school but could never find the time, being house-bound could be a blessing in disguise. Whether you’re interested in going back to school for career purposes or simply wish to acquire an interesting new skill, getting involved in online learning can prove highly beneficial.   

Catch Up with Your Media Backlog 

With the average American subscribing to four streaming services, video games becoming more accessible than ever and digital content being produced by the boatload, most people have built up considerable media backlogs. For many of us, there’s a large disparity between the amount of new content we wish to enjoy and the amount of free time we have in which to enjoy it. So, if you’ve let episodes of your favorite shows, movies that appeal to your interests or highly-acclaimed books pile up, it’s time to make a long-overdue dent in your media backlog. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has facilitated sweeping lifestyle changes for countless people across the globe. For many of us, this entails spending a lot more time at home in order to protect ourselves and curb the spread. If your favorite leisure activities have traditionally involved leaving the house, being stuck indoors for the foreseeable future is liable to represent a big adjustment. However, with all signs suggesting that the current crisis will continue for the foreseeable future, it’s in your best interest to find ways to stay fulfilled and entertained from the comfort of home.    

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Laura actively works to ensure community building and audience engagement through her passion for arts, culture and media. She's currently a contributing writer for Elite Daily, Inside Fitness Magazine and The Culture Trip. Laura has no fear when it comes to dancing in public and she's known for two things: a contagious laugh and an Irish whisper. Connect with her on Twitter: @elleeshirk and Instagram: @ellee333

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