How to Beat Boredom in Lockdown

Post Updated November 2020 

I probably need to take my own advice if I'm writing this blog post as I have most definitely been guilty of boredom throughout lockdown. Don't get me wrong, I have been trying to amuse myself but after however many weeks we've spent social distancing the momentum and motivation are beginning to dwindle. Here are some suggestions of things to keep you occupied and beat boredom if you find yourself looking for something to do, but also remember, it's okay to do absolutely nothing and take time for yourself.

Boredom Buster 1: Do Something Arty

Art has never been my strongest subject, I was never awful but also never brilliant (everyone I know will remember the wonderful tree I painted for my GCSE that was promptly cut out by my art teacher) but lockdown has been a time to whip out those old paints again. I made Easter cards for my boyfriend and nan that turned out rather well and I also bought a paint by numbers which I'm slowly working my way through. Equally, if painting isn't your thing then you could get a colouring book, some engraving or sequin art or just plain old pens and paper. Now is the perfect time to get creative even if it doesn't go particularly well.




Boredom Buster 2: Read

As an English student I, in theory, read a lot. However, I don't tend to read books that I actually want to so, with university now online I've had plenty of time to read other books! It's been so nice to pick books that have been sat on my shelf for years and finally read them and enjoy them. Lockdown is the perfect time to read something different and Kindle has some great offers for 99p books, I've read some amazing books that I've loved having more time to read for pleasure!

Boredom Buster 3: Re-Decorate

There's bound to be somewhere in your home that you'd like to redecorate or spruce up a little bit and now there's plenty of time for DIY. At the moment, we've been redecorating my room with old leftover paint and finding prints online to add some pizazz to my bedroom. We've also been adding little bits and pieces to existing rooms too to spruce and brighten up some areas too! Whip out some paint, shove on some old clothes and start re-decorating!

Boredom Buster 4: Baking and Cooking

Everyone seems to be jumping on the baking bandwagon and making banana bread now so clearly, it is the must-do thing during lockdown. Now is the perfect time to try a new recipe and start honing your baking skills for the next series of Bake Off!

Boredom Buster 5:  Learn something new

Whether it be calligraphy, coding or language learning quarantine gives you the opportunity to try something a bit different or something you've always wanted to try. I've been attempting to brush up on my Spanish again after A-levels and attempting to learn a bit of German in my spare time whilst also trying to kickstart this blog again. It's been so nice to finally do some of the things I've been meaning to for ages now we have the time.

So those are some ideas for things to do in lockdown if you're feeling bored during lockdown. Whilst these are great ways to keep yourself entertained it's important to remember that doing nothing and taking time for yourself is just as important! Productivity is not always the answer!

What have you been doing during lockdown? How do you beat boredom in lockdown?

55 comments

  1. I am trying to read more! I got kindle unlimited to try and encourage me to pick up the books!

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    1. That sounds like a good idea, I've been enjoying reading so much!

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  2. Great suggestions. I'm still working so I'm always busy! In fact, I seem to be busier than ever, oddly haha! I'd love to start learning something new and getting arty - even though art was never my strongest subject either!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Oh wow! Art really isn't a strong point of mine but I've been enjoying being more creative!

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  3. Fab tips! I've been loving baking, it's something new every weekend!

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  4. I've been getting bored being stuck inside all of the time. These are great ideas! I'll definitely be looking out for your book recommendations.

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  5. I've been soo lazy in lock down, for the 1st few weeks I kept busy doing the odd jobs around the house but that soon stopped. I go back to work next week and I can not wait to get back in to some sort of rouyine.
    Great post
    Carl

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    1. I'm excited to get some sort of routine back too, sometimes the days just seem so long!

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  6. These are all things I’m definitely trying to do to keep busy. I’ve definitely been reading more and my love for all things creative has returned this month so I’ve been keeping busy with arty makes! It’s so nice that you can properly enjoy reading again :) xx

    eleanorclaudie.com

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    1. Thank you! It's been so nice to actually have time to read books I enjoy!

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  7. Great tips! I'm currently trying to redecorate my house room by room, it's so fun :)

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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  8. These are some fab tips!
    I actually went to clean and declutter the bathroom and ended up redecorating the whole thing! Paint and all! :) It's very therapeutic!!

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  9. Great post! I've definitely jumped on the baking bandwagon but I've also been doing lots of creative things and reading too! x

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    1. It's been lots of fun trying different things!

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  10. These are great posts. Baking has been my go to. Me and my family love to pretend to be on a cooking show or have a bake off. It is fun and means you can do things as a family. These are great ideas :)

    Em x

    https://www.loveemblog.com/2020/05/5-easy-bullet-journal-spreads-for.html

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    1. That sounds like so much fun - I'd love to try that!!

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  11. The colouring books are so pretty! I agree that it's important to keep your mind busy during this lockdown. I'm glad there are so many things to do, so many books to read, so many blogs to discover.

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    1. I know! We need even longer in lockdown to enjoy them all!

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  12. Thanks for sharing :) I have done some colouring and craft making during the lockdown :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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  13. Hi Tash, lovely to run into your blog! While we are all in the middle of an awkward time and situation, I'm really glad to be able to get myself out there (digitally) and read about the experiences of people through their blogs. It somehow keeps me grounded and assured that whatever it is running inside my head and my emotions are completely normal and somewhat universal for everyone. This somehow developed a high sense of empathy for me.

    I love your list because even though it is something being tried out by most of us, our experiences are different and it's great to read about it from different lenses. I appreciate your gesture of making a card for your loved ones, it's truly what we need most right now - expressing our love and care for people.

    I hope you are doing well and feeling healthy! I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future!

    Cheers,
    Hanna / Heydays With Hanna

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    1. Thank you - I feel the same! Blogging has been so much fun during lockdown. Hope you're keeping well!

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  14. Thank you, this is so helpful!! I also wrote a post about keeping busy during lockdown, although mine is more about keeping the travel magic alive because I really miss it: its here if you fancy a read https://www.theowlet.co.uk/2020/03/what-to-do-at-home.html

    Becky
    http://www.theowlet.co.uk

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  15. Great list! I've been trying to do more reading and writing. Also coloring as I had fallen off the wayside with that. You have a lovely blog! Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you! I've been really enjoying colouring recently!

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  16. Ive been doing some paint by numbers to keep busy and I love it!

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  17. Great suggestions dear!!

    https://julesonthemoon.com/

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  18. Reading kept me alive and accomplished this quarantine! Haha. I've finished a couple books and now closer to my reading challenge goal!

    Jil | https://www.letsjiloutdoor.com/

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    1. Yay! That's so good - I've been loving reading!

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  19. These are great suggestions! I used to do paint by numbers as a child, you've made me want to order a book online and relive my childhood, thanks for sharing!

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  20. Love this post! These are some great ideas! I’ve been doing a fair bit of scrapbooking in lockdown - the closest I get to something arty and I’ve been loving it!

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  21. Ive been loving reading for pleasure more and blogging! As horrible as the situation is right now, ive been enjoying having the time to do things i love, guilt free! This post has some lovely ideas on what to do in lockdown-thank you for sharing!
    Em x
    Planningwithem.com

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    1. So have I - it's been so nice to be able to have more time to do other things!

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  22. Great post! During lockdown, I have been doing a lot of baking, learning spanish, practicing piano and started blogging!

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  23. Loved this list... I have been reading so so much during lockdown and been taking full advantage of the 99p books on kindle!

    - Hannah | www.savingmovingmummy.com

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  24. Brilliant list. It is amazing how many wonderful things we've all been able to find to keep us busy.

    Decorating has kept me sane. We have done 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and all the hall stairs and landings in our 3 storey house. I honestly think it would have taken us up to 2 years to do all of this if we'd not had these lockdown.

    Take care and enjoy your time.

    Claire x
    www.ourfavouritejar.com

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    1. Oh wow! That's a lot decorating!! It's a great way to keep busy!

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  25. Great tips! I've been keeping busy by working on my blog and reading a lot more.

    Lauren | https://www.laurenyloves.co.uk/

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    1. Blogging has definitely given me something to do!

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  26. art projects are definitely my favourite! Or photography. So important to keep busy

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  27. I re-decorated a bit and arranged a new working space on my under-used balcony.

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