How to make lockdown more fun!

Although the saying ‘If you are bored, you are boring’ does not apply during lockdown, it might just have a ring of truth about it. Life under lockdown does not have to be boring.

You can either focus on those things you – and the rest of the family – never get the chance to do in a ‘normal’ day/week or you can make it fun for everyone by implementing some of the ideas below.

  1. Change your morning routine
    If the household wakes up and all they can think of is a long day with nothing to look forward to, change the way everyone starts their day.
    Make every third day a crazy day – have dessert for breakfast, dress up as if you are going out, brush your teeth with your left (or right, if you are left-handed) arm and/or sing a favourite song together.
    Then – blame it on cabin fever due to being confined to your home for so long!
  2. Get ready for all fun and games!
    Laughter is the best medicine!
    Haul out the board games, look for a pack of cards. Don’t waste energy on being competitive – play for fun.
    Test your general knowledge with Trivial Pursuit, have a giggle over a game of Pictionary or double up with laughter over Charades or Actionary.
    You could even have a karaoke night – even if no-one in the family can hold a note. Hold thumbs that you don’t get complaints from the neighbours!

  3. A chore does not have to be a bore
    Now is hardly the time to wriggle out of chores. With everyone in the house under lockdown there is more to do.
    Make chores fun by listening to a podcast – each family member gets a turn to choose what is listened to – whilst cleaning the kitchen, tidying rooms, washing dishes or whatever needs to be done. You could even practice some dance steps while sweeping!
    Practice multitasking and watch a motivational TED talk whilst performing chores. As it is, one particular study found that just 2.5% of people are able to multitask effectively. You could become one of the very few, if, indeed, this study is reliable.
  4. Have a themed – food or movie – night
    Choose a country or a style of cooking. Plan a 3-course dinner or various smaller dishes all served at once.
    Task different family members with cooking, laying the table according to the chosen theme or reading up on the country/cooking style so that they can enlighten everyone else.
    Improvise if you don’t have all the ingredients. Teach those who can’t cook how to do so.
    Or: Choose a topic, country or actor for a themed movie night. Get popcorn or biltong bites ready, snuggle on the couch and allow yourself to be transported to another world.

  5. Arrange a virtual House Party
    A few apps allow you to virtually get together for a chat, a meal or a discussion.
    In this way you can ‘meet’ with friends and family members far away or you can indulge in seeing new faces for a couple of hours.
    Look at the following apps: Zoom and House Party.