20 Most Effective Ways to Overcome Boredom During COVID-19 Lockdown

While the world out there is suffering, the rest of the people are suffering in their own way. While people have less or no food to eat, the other half is craving restaurant food or home deliveries. Some have no roof over their head while others want to go out. I guess we are the privileged ones coz we have a room with a roof, fewer grocery, and food items to eat, water facility especially as summer is here, electricity, etc. However, there will be endless things to bother an individual, especially the privileged one.

I don’t want to burden you again with what all is going out there, the news channels and the virus are doing enough already. But if we are in a fortunate situation, we must help others in every small way possible. The least we can do is not spread fake news or irrelevant information on social media, which some individuals have considered heir birthright to do. Triggering panic and paranoia as the new normal. The first thing you need to do is…

Switch off or Stay Away from News Especially in the Morning!

I have realized that this affects the thought process of the entire day. Many are just counting days for all this to end quickly. But this lockdown is important to combat against Covid-19. And the vaccine against this virus is not coming anytime soon, so staying indoors is our best chance to beat this virus. Because of this many are finding it difficult to stay positive. However, you do not have to put yourself through the negativity and stress if you take care of how you spend the day.

Humans are born to do something or the other. We may feel that all we have to do is relax and do nothing but your body after a few hours would get bored of resting also. Furthermore, even science backs up the fact “An idle mind is a devil’s workshop,” and besides it is good for your mental health to keep yourself busy one way or the other. So, with free time on your hands, it’s not too late for any of you to enhance your skill-set and experiment on new things as well.

Here are a few tips for managing your lockdown days efficiently, particularly if you live alone…

  1. Read a book, magazine, or blog articles, or simply Kindle your way out of boredom. If you have kids around encourage them to read too.
  2. Try some new recipes if you have the ingredients, experiment with 3-4 ingredients recipe.
  3. Catch up with family and friends, daily. Technological advances mean that you don’t have to be in the same room to spend time with your loved ones.
  4. Dance!! Dance!! Dance!!
  5. Go through your old photo album/ folder, organize it. If you have kids, they always ask where they were when the picture was taken.
  6. Play classic games such as ludo, Snake & Ladder, Monopoly or other board games, Uno, Cards, etc.
  7. Complete the home improvements or decor that you have been putting off for so long.
  8. Plant seeds, watch them grow. Propagate plants in water or soil, use them as indoor house decor (I have been doing this a lot lately).
  9. Update your CV, times are changing, it would make you feel like you’re utilizing your time sensibly & investing in your future. 
  10.  Invest your time to see the bottom of your laundry basket, finish that you never finished!!
  11.  Learn a new language or improve your current ones.
  12.  DIY, even if you are not good, that will put your brain on work.
  13.  Coloring, drawing, and painting are tried & tested means of entertaining kids amid times of crisis, but you may find that you find it relaxing yourself and enjoy it.
  14.  Watch old movies.
  15.  Write letters, books, short stories, poems, blogs, etc…Start a Blog!!
  16.  Arrange that wardrobe, remove the clothes which you don’t wear and don’t fit you. Organize your cupboards and drawers
  17.  Practice Yoga or else start with Surya Namaskar.
  18.  Tell stories to your kids, maybe funny tales from your past.
  19.  Check on Neighbours or the ones in need.
  20.  Lastly, the favorite of all, watch TV.

Share in the comments section how you are making the most of the time you have in your hand! I would love to know!!

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27 thoughts on “20 Most Effective Ways to Overcome Boredom During COVID-19 Lockdown

  1. Very well written Niharika. I know dude to this horrible pandemic our life has completely changed. It’s really hard to keep us positive and creative. Your tips and ideas are great to keep us busy and creative at the same time. Thanks 😊

  2. I have been busy recording for my two podcast channels, writing new blogs, reading. I have a few more things on my list. Frankly speaking, falling short of time.

  3. Well curated article Niharika. I like how you tried to showcase the Silverline in a pandemic situation. Many people are struggling with a way to kill time and your tips would surely brush their creative and learning side.

  4. This is a really helpful post and we all need suggestions about what to do when we cooped up. Frankly i have been so busy with all the housework and maid-giri that i have had no time to relax 🙂

  5. This is an amazing list niharika and we are doing most of these things nowadays. Since This week kids had started their summer vacation so planning new video content with them. Though it is hard situation but we are making best use of it.

  6. Hahaha. I love the first thing to do as I am at peace because I never watch the news at all. Ive mostly done all of the above and I have enjoyed the lockdown unlike many others. I have an elaborate list on my blog too. Do check it out if you can.

  7. I think we all should take a print out of this and stick it somewhere, so every time we get bored with our monotonous life routine, we can actually get back to this list. Reading books and writing blogs seems to be my constant during this lockdown.

  8. You have shared an amazing list to drive away boredom and help to stay sane during this tough time that we all are facing. I usually follow most of them except for one ie. Watching TV.

  9. Great ideas here. Reading and music keep me away from boredom and closer to sanity. Does eating chocolate counts as an activity for killing boredom? Asking for my kids. Whenever they are bored, they always want to eat chocolate.

  10. This is such a wonderfully curated list. I have been wanting to Relearn and brush up on my French. Also, reorganising closet space sounds good to pass time as well.

  11. It’s amusing that we’re getting bored although our hands are full with added responsibilities during the lockdown. I liked your suggestions and am going to try a few right away.

  12. The biggest problem was staying calm.Lockdo
    wn meant I had triple the workload.Reading and writing with gardening in between helped me stay safe.

  13. When the lockdown began in march, it seemed impossible to survive with new challenges thrown up everyday. No maids, shops open for specific time, online school, multiple meals. But in last two months we have become a lot Atmanirbhar.
    We are doing most of the points you have suggested now.

  14. It’s not easy to keep ourselves engage while staying at home. I really like cooking so tried some new recipe like you mentioned. Like the idea of reading new book

  15. Very well written, Niharika. I liked the ideas you have shared to overcome boredom during the lockdown. Well, I would say I didn’t find time to get bored but have been following many of these things to keep myself sane. With everyone at home, there’s no chance one can get bored but definitely lose their sanity.

  16. That’s a comprehensive list Niharika, I loved the tips and I so agree one must never watch news early morn as that’s the most productive time of the day

  17. This is worth a try. Nice tips to release one from the boredom. There are many in need of such things. Very well spaced out, I liked the ideas.

  18. Great list of ideas shared here. Honestly I didn’t get a chance to get bored this lockdown with so much extra work load. But am sure this list will come handy for many who are looking to try new things

  19. well, it has been really tough for many of us but the household chores and the kid never let me felt that I was getting bored. 😀 However I also engaged myself in writing some great articles during this time and yes and gardening!

  20. Theis is an impressive list of what to do during this time…other than Yoga I tried mostly all but one thing I loved the most playing again board games with kids !!

  21. You have mentioned some great tips. I am however not getting the time to get bored!!! I miss going out but there are literally a ton of things on my head now! However, I started doing a lot of art which I had not done in a very long time.

  22. I have started my youtube channel so that I can be productive during lockdown and my schedule is going well. I do cook sometimes and that’s a relaxing experience for me.

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