Bored from being stuck at home due to the COVID19 lockdown, then look no further some ideas for you to reduce the boredom.
- Learn a language
There are plenty of apps that help you learn a language for free.
Download one and spend 30 minutes a day teaching yourself how to speak French, German, Japanese – or whatever language takes your fancy.
- Watch the Marvel films in order
If you’ve signed up for Disney Plus, you’ve got access to pretty much all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Watch them in chronological order using this guide.
- Get up to date with your ironing
You’ll thank yourself later.
- Take a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace
Many UK tourist attractions offer virtual tours, so you can look around from the comfort of your own home.
The Buckingham Palace tour allows you to snoop around the Queen’s house while learning about the history of the royal family.
- Start a virtual book club
You might not be able to meet up in person, but you could organize a virtual book club with your friends.
Whether you all read the same book or just share recommendations, having a regular video call will help you feel connected.
- Watch The Platform
Netflix’s latest horror film is a brutal dystopian thriller about prison inmates who are terrible at sharing food.
If you’re feeling brave, it’s especially relevant given the current climate of panic buying.
- Phone a friend
Phone an elderly neighbor who might be feeling lonely, a relative who you haven’t spoken to in a while, or even just a friend who you ordinarily would only see in the pub.
Many people will be feeling isolated during this period of social-distancing and keeping in touch is important for our mental health.
- Take a free Ivy League course
Ivy League colleges in the USA are offering free courses online.
You can take anything from Buddhism and Modern Psychology to The Global Financial Crisis, to one that’s just called ‘Success’.
- Clean your oven
You’ll thank yourself later.
- Host a virtual pub quiz
Gather your friends for a virtual pub quiz where you ask the questions over a video call.
You can also text out a picture round – whether the clues are emojis or photos of things in your house.
- Dig out an old favorite
Watch a film that you used to love, binge an old TV series from the first episode, or get stuck into a game that you haven’t played since you were a teenager.
Now’s the time to take a trip down memory lane.
Meditation and mindfulness don’t just help people stay calm – practitioners around the world rely on it to help them focus, remain present, and appreciate what they have.
It’s a simple concept that can be hard to master, but you can start now, at home, and see if it works for you.
- Watch all of Shakespeare’s plays
Actor and director Robert Myles has started project The Show Must Go Online, where a cast from around the world reads out Shakespeare’s plays over video.
They’re going through them in the order which they’re believed to have been written.
- Check out the Museum of Modern Art
You can see the MOMA’s most impressive works with a virtual tour.
If you’re feeling artistic, you could even try sketching some of the works on show.
- Take a yoga class
Even if you’ve never done yoga in your life, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube.
Pick one and have a go next time you’re feeling cooped up.
Whether you’re already a regular reader, or you can’t remember the last time you finished a book – this is the perfect time to get lost in a good story.
Set aside an hour, put your phone on silent, and read.
- Watch the Northern Lights
We might not be able to travel at the moment, but we can still see the world.
This webcam is set up to capture the Northern Lights under the aurora oval – one of the best places on the planets to see the stunning display.
- Watch a film
Netflix and Amazon Prime aren’t your only options, and you don’t necessarily have to pay for a subscription to watch plenty of excellent films.
Open culture has a great list of 1150 free films you can watch online right now. If you have an eligible university or library card, you might also have access to Kanopy which offers thousands of more film options for free.
- Watch a documentary
If you’re in the mood for something a bit more cerebral, there are a few websites that give you access to free documentaries.
Whether you’re into sharks, revolutions, or serial killers, you’ll find something interesting to watch during the lockdown. Some great sites include Documentary Tube. Top Documentary Films, and Documentary Heaven.
- Write a novel
Is it time for you to create rather than consuming?
If you’ve always wanted to write a novel but never found the time or inspiration, this is your chance. Apparently, Shakespeare wrote King Lear in isolation during the plague, so maybe this lockdown is when you’ll write your opus.
If you’re not sure where to start, we have a free course on how to start writing fiction to get you on the right track.
- Tour ancient Rome
You may feel cut off from the rest of the world, but you can time travel.
Current technology means that you can explore other cities and even other times online, such as this virtual tour of ancient Rome which takes you through the forum, Capitoline hill, and famous monuments.
- Write a play or short film
Perhaps your work is better realized by actors rather than staying on the page? You’ll be pleased to know that the BBC is on the hunt for original scripts about self-isolation that they can turn into short films.
If you’re daunted by that task, you could try out our free screenwriting course to learn the ropes and (hopefully) catapult you into stardom after your first film is made.
- Paint with Bob Ross
Have any paint and brushes lying around? You’ll be pleased to know that 403 episodes of the timeless Joy of Painting have been added to YouTube so you can listen to his soothing tones while you paint happy little trees and enjoy the beauty of imperfections.
- Write a song
If you have a musical persuasion, you could channel your current emotions into a song or even an entire album of them.
If you’re not sure where to start a songwriting course could get you into the right frame of mind, and you can even start making some Spotify playlists in the meantime to get inspired.
- Explore the Uffizi
If you prefer Botticelli to Pollock, you can tour the Uffizi in Florence, arguably one of the best collections of Renaissance art in the world.
You can take your time looking at Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Caravaggio’s Medusa, and Titian’s Venus of Urbino without even getting on a plane.
- Enjoy the Musée d’Orsay
Experiencing these venues from your home does mean that you can visit multiple galleries from different countries or even different continents in the same afternoon.
Paris’ Musée d’Orsay is home to an incredible collection of Van Gogh and Cezanne’s artistic masterpieces. Take a look around online.
- Pop into the Tate
Perhaps once you’ve enjoyed Florence, New York, and Paris, you can come to London to see the Tate Britain for free.
Although you’ll miss out on the lovely river walk to the gallery, you can drop in at any time and see your favorite pieces from the comfort of your own home.
- Experience the British Museum
The British Museum is home to incredible artifacts from around the world and is still open to virtual visitors.
Exhibits that are usually packed are free to roam around at any time, so you can brush up on your Egyptian knowledge, see the controversial Parthenon Marbles, or just while away a few hours.
- Go to 500 other museums or galleries
If you’re still looking for more galleries or museums to visit, Google’s arts and culture collection have virtual tours of 500 top attractions around the world, including national galleries from around the world, individual artist museums, and even the Eiffel Tower.
- Have a karaoke night
Missing karaoke night with your friends? You can still do it from home.
Apps like AirConsole let you turn your smartphone into a mic, and sing your favorite hits with the usual gang and practice new songs to sing at the bar once lockdown is lifted.
- Arrange a House party
If you still want to meet with your friends – do it at a virtual Houseparty.
The app allows for large group video chats so you can get together for a drink, a chat, or just to see some friendly faces for a couple of hours.
- Get a pen pal
You probably fell out of contact with your highschool penpal from French exchange but that doesn’t mean you can’t try again.
Connect with people around the world and see how the lockdown is playing out in other countries (or ignore coronavirus entirely and chat about the weather).
You can find penpals online and get started straight away to broaden your horizons and make new connections.
- Try amigurumi
New hobbies don’t get much cuter than amigurumi – the Japanese art of crocheting small creatures or characters.
It’s a cheap hobby to start, and if you already have yarn lying around you can find plenty of free patterns online, like this one to create a tiny Freddie Mercury.
- Cook something new
One good thing about being home a lot is that you can finally spend time cooking things from scratch.
You can find great recipes online, even if you’re on a limited budget. Jack Monroe’s recipes are specifically created for people on strict budgets.
- Play a board game
Boardgame lovers will be pleased to know that there are ways to play your favorite games online, so you don’t have to wait for the lockdown to end to try out your new Scythe strategy or to finally play Terraforming Mars with a friend.
Websites like Tabletopia have free accounts for players, but you may need to pay to play some of the more popular or newer games.
- Go to the aquarium
It’s almost impossible to recreate the strange grace and tranquillity of aquariums but not entirely.
Although they’re closed to the public, Monterey Bay Aquarium has added several live cams to let you keep an eye on the jellyfish, kelp forest, coral reef, and even the penguins, completely free.
- Visit the opera
Escape from the news cycle by immersing yourself in the drama of an opera performance, without even leaving the house.
After the closure of non-essential businesses, multiple opera houses like the Met Opera have started streaming performances. Perfect if you’re a long-time opera lover or even someone who’s never been to the opera but has always been curious about it.
- Deep clean your house
Between dusty skirting boards, dirty tiling, and stained carpets, your home can offer days of distraction if you feel like doing that deep clean you’ve been putting off.
There are plenty of online cleaning guides if the task looks too big, and focusing on one room at a time will help you divide up the work.
- Declutter your home
Being stuck at home can make you rethink how much of your stuff you need.
You can decide what to donate and what to throw out, ready for a full clear out when the lockdown is lifted.
- Build a medieval city
If you loved Sims and Game of Thrones, why not combine the two by building your own medieval city. It’s a great way to generate fantasy maps for gaming, writing, or just to wonder whether your walled city should have circular or square guard-towers.
- Walkthrough Paris or London
You can’t jump on a plane, but you can still see some of the world’s most famous views thanks to Google street view.
Feast your eyes on Paris from the Sacre Coeur or take a look at the Thames from the top of the Shard. You can even take a walk along the river and see if Google’s cameras captured anything unusual.
- Watch a gig
If you’re itching to go to a gig or think you’re going to miss festivals this summer, you can watch plenty of them on YouTube. Watch classics like Nirvana Unplugged, Radiohead’s Glastonbury set in 1997, or Portishead accompanied by an orchestra and enjoy your own personalized lineup.
- Go to a national park
Long walks and open scenery feels like a thing of the past, but you can still enjoy the view. You can now take virtual tours of America’s national park (or parks a little closer to home).
- Visit a mystery house
Even more esoteric attractions are now offering virtual tours – you may not have heard of the Winchester Mystery House, but it’s certainly one of the stranger homes that you can explore online.
Built by Sarah Winchester after receiving instructions from her deceased husband (and a changing cast of other ghosts), the former-7 story mansion is an architectural oddity and has plenty for you to see.
- Solve a mystery
True crime fans can immerse themselves in mysteries or even start solving them. There are plenty of online communities like Reddit’s Unresolved Mysteries, where mystery fans get together to swap theories and combine information to try to get to the bottom of old cold cases.
Sometimes the best way to get out of your head is to help other people. You may have some local groups that are focused on helping the vulnerable or isolated during the lockdown.
If you’re quarantined or would rather reduce your contact to the absolute minimum, you can volunteer as an online listener with schemes such as 7 Cups to help other people through this tough time.
- Start a blog
This could be a great time to build your audience, especially if you have relatively cheap, indoor hobbies that you can share.
Interest in pastimes like cooking and board games has shot up over recent weeks – if your hobbies are trending, why not set up a blog and share your knowledge? You can set up a WordPress account and blog for free and take it from there.
- Learn first aid
It’s good to be prepared for an emergency, especially when urgent care centers are overwhelmed or you may not want to leave self-isolation for a relatively minor injury.
You can learn basic first aid online, for free with FutureLearn.
- Discover your roots
Wonder where your family was in the flu pandemic of 1918?
Tracing your family tree can unearth lost memories or even distant relatives. Start by learning about genealogy and you can discover more about yourself and your background.
- Have a kitchen dance party
You can have too much screen time. If workouts aren’t your thing or you just miss a good dance, put together a list of your favorite songs and dance around your kitchen.
Don’t worry, nobody’s watching!