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Lockdown Boredom Busters: Top Ten Things To Do When You’re Bored of Binge Watching

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We’re now two weeks into the current lockdown, and if you’re anything like us, cabin fever may be starting to set in. There’s only so much telly you can watch and the fact we can’t even head down to the pub with our mates is getting us longing for some social interaction. All is not lost though, as we’ve put together our top ten things for you to do when you’ve decided you’ve had enough of sitting in front of the telly. You’re welcome.

Create a Virtual Pub Session

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We Brits love a trip to the pub, so this whole lockdown situation has hit us hard when it comes to that after work pint on a Friday. However, the beauty of FaceTime and other such apps mean that you can recreate the catching-up-with-your-mates-in-the-pub experience pretty easily. Get involved with a group video chat either through Facebook or apps such as House Party, grab a beer and you’re all set. If anything, surely it’s even better than paying for overpriced drinks all night and trying to chat to your mates over a ridiculously loud band?

Get Your Putter Out

If you don’t have access to an outdoor space for kick about, why not get your sports fix in a more chilled way with the help of an indoor putting set? Whether you’re a golf fan or not, setting up an indoor putting course is one way to pass the time - and comes completely free of the risk of kicking a ball over the fence, or worse, into the telly. There’s loads out there too, from basic novelty putting sets to professional ones to help you practice your golf skills. You could even compete against the people you live with - the loser has to make dinner.

Replay an Old Video Game

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Why not relieve the experience of all those classic video games you used to play? If you still have an old games console and a few games lying around, now is the time to break it out to indulge in a little nostalgia. Or why not dive into that stack of video games you never got around to playing? Alternatively, many online retailers for gaming are still operating as normal, so if your current video game collection doesn’t get you excited, you could always treat yourself to a new one. Desperate times and all that. Need some inspiration? This article has some great suggestions, both old and new.

Work Out

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If you’re a regular gym goer you may be itching to get back in there, but unfortunately, we’ve still got some time to go. All is not lost though, as there’s plenty of channels on YouTube that house workouts for all levels and styles, such as The Body Coach or Simeon Panda to keep those fitness levels up. If you’re not so keen on following along with a YouTube video, check out the Men’s Health website where you’ll find plenty of routines you can do at home, such as this Home Workout that uses just your bodyweight.

Try Out a New Podcast

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Whether you’re new to the world of podcasts or not, they’re a great way to spend a little extra free time and easily accessible on a number of different platforms. If you already make use of Spotify for example, take a browse at the podcast library, and we guarantee you’ll find something of interest. Comedy lovers can enjoy hits such as Teenage Mixtape with Joel Dommett and Steve Dunne, or Shagged Married Annoyed with comedian Chris Ramsey and his wife Rosie, which is perfect for listening to with your Mrs; while sports lovers will discover gems such as That Peter Crouch Podcast, Hotboxin with Mike Tyson or Around the NFL. Whatever you’re into, whether it’s sports, true crime, comedy or even health and wellbeing, there is literally something for everyone.

Clean Your Gadgets

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Okay, so it may not be the most fun suggestion on this list, but let’s face it, we all have A LOT of free time and if there’s ever a time to disinfect any gadgets, it’s now. Get out the anti-bac wipes and give any games controllers, laptops or tablets a good clean, and most importantly, do the same to your phone. Not sure the best way of going about it? This article has some useful tips on how to clean your tech properly while ensuring you don’t cause any damage to them in the process.

Drinking Games

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Particularly useful if you’re stuck in isolation with your housemates! Revisit your student days with those classic freshers’ drinking games such as Beer Pong, Fuzzy Duck, Never Have I Ever...and so on. Even if you’re separated from your friends, there’s plenty of games you can play over Skype or Facetime to add a little excitement to a normal catch up. Games like Truth or Drink, Power Hour and such can all easily be played via video chat with your mates, or you could even take advantage of the Netflix Party extension on Chrome and play a drinking game for a classic TV show or movie. Just drink responsibly and all that.

Sort Out Your Stuff

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Again, not the most fun suggestion but it’s always worth doing at least a few productive tasks when you're suddenly blessed with a lot more free time. If your wardrobes and drawers are overflowing with junk you don’t need, now is the perfect time for a clear out. Bin anything that you no longer use or wear, or you could even create an eBay pile to flog anything that’s still in good condition. A few extra quid during these difficult times isn’t a bad thing, right?

Read Something New

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Hear us out, we’re not saying you have to curl up with a classic! Even if reading isn’t particularly your thing, there’s plenty of best-selling autobiographies from within the world of sports that you can dive into. For boxing fans there’s Tyson Fury’s Behind the Mask, or Mike Tyson’s Undisputed Truth; for football fans there’s How to Be a Footballer by Peter Crouch, while Formula 1 fans will love Niki Lauda’s autobiography To Hell and Back. Spend a bit of time lounging with the amazing life stories behind some of your favourite sports stars.

Get Outside

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While there’s restrictions in place on going to public places and such, at the moment we’re still allowed to go out for exercise. Staying cooped up indoors all day isn’t the most exciting thing to do and can very quickly get you feeling a bit down in the dumps, so, if you’re missing the gym or just want some fresh air, get outside for a bit. Whether you smash out a quick run or just go for a brisk walk, it’s a form of exercise and will allow you to get out and clear your head. Just remember to follow the current guidelines on social distancing while you’re out. Alternatively, if you have your own garden, why not take half an hour to sit outside in the sun with a beer?

We hope our tips have given you a little inspiration on how you can get the most out of your free time without turning to your Netflix subscription. We all know how frustrating it is being stuck indoors isolating, however it’s important to remember why we’re doing it. The sooner we all do as we’re told, the sooner we can go back to normal. In the meantime, stay home and keep up with our blog for more tips on how you can make the use of this extra time and how you can beat the boredom.

Written by Amy Jackson - 6th April 2020

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