Fighting Boredom During Lockdown
There’s absolutely no doubt about it, these Lockdowns are not getting any easier! Have you found this one particularly hard and have found yourself running out of ideas on how to keen sane? Feeling like your life is on hold and there’s nothing to look forward to? We completely get it, you are not alone!
We want to share with you how the UFIT Team have been doing and what we’ve found helpful during this time! You might not find all of these suggestions are suited to you and that’s fine, we just hope that we can provide you with a couple of ideas that you might like to try!
Have you found that with gyms and leisure centres closed your motivation to ‘workout’ has suddenly become non-existent? Why though when working out is normally something you look forward to right? If this is the case, do not beat yourself up! Dealing with a global pandemic is something that none of us have done before and it’s time to realise that right now life is not normal. Once you accept this, things will become a lot easier. Maybe you need to change your outlook? Tweak your goals? Training right now might be what you’re used to but that’s okay! Maybe it’s time to try something different. Here’s a few suggestions from our team:
- Open water swimming (a wetsuit is advised for the winter months!)
- Roller blading
- Circuit training indoors or outdoors
The bottom line is, just try to stay active. Simply making sure you move each day is great for both your physical and mental health. Plus, it’s a great pass time!
Are you one of these people who loves to watch baking programmes but never actually gets round to making anything? Well what better time to give it a whirl than now, most of us have a got a lot more spare time on our hands after all!
Baking something you’ve never tried before can bring such a great sense of achievement. Have you always wanted to make home-made brioche but not had the time or known where to begin? Why not search for a recipe that takes your fancy and get creative with it. You could even have a mini bake off with the family, think how much brioche you get to eat then! Plus, it’s much easier than you think apparently!
This is a very important aspect of everyday life but even more so at the moment. In a time where it’s hard to see the positives, we have to dig a little bit deeper to make ourselves feel better. It can be so easy to fall into the trap of just laying on the sofa, binge watching Netflix and scrolling back through your camera roll reminiscing on photos of ‘when life was fun’. Realistically, how good is this really making you feel? Probably not great! Why not try giving yourself at least an hour a day where you simply have some you time to do something that makes you feel good. Here are some suggestions from us:
- Listen to a podcast
- Read a few chapters of a book
- Whack on some fake tan (everyone feels better with a tan right?)
- Do a face mask
- Start a puzzle
- Re arrange your bedroom
Decreasing your screen time and pointless scrolling may also really help. Let’s face it, no one has anything interesting to talk about on social media at the moment anyway!
Themed cooking nights
Have you got a favourite Saturday night takeaway but are looking to save money? Why not have a ‘Fakeaway’ night with the family!
This can be a great way to get everyone involved and is a chance for you to get creative with dishes. Maybe you want to try your own take on Fajitas? Or, you might simply want to watch everyone else cook their dish whilst you kick back with a few tequilas? Either way, an evening of good food, a few drinks and some laughs with the family could just be the Saturday night entertainment that you need right now.
Keeping in touch
Here at UFIT, we think that keeping in touch is so important! Normally we are a very sociable bunch so this year has definitely been a struggle. With everyone working from home, it sometimes gets a bit lonely which is why we make sure we catch up with each other every day on a face to face call! Sometimes there’s not much to say outside of work chat but that’s okay. Just feeling like you are talking to someone other than whoever’s in your household is important.
We also try to run team quizzes every couple of weeks which are great fun for everyone to get involved with, we even had a magician join our quiz the other day! Shame he couldn’t perform a disappearing act on COVID-19, his show was still excellent though.
Hopefully this article has given you a few ideas on how to fight boredom during lockdown! We know that life is pretty hard at the moment but there is an end in sight, keep going, you’ve got this!