Are you stuck inside an apartment because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you feeling bored out of your mind with nothing to do and too much time on your hands? Well, you went to the right place.
Because of the coronavirus outbreak, everyone’s stuck at home. It’s a great time to bond with your family or housemates, finally.
Below, we’ll talk about the things you can do with them or alone, if you prefer that, to keep busy during these dark hours.
1. Play Tabletop Games
In your apartment, it can feel like time is dragging along. What if we told you that you can fix that with a simple game? No, we’re not talking about video games this time.
Dungeons & Dragons or D&D is a tabletop game that puts you in new worlds and bold, daring adventures. All you need is a digital copy of the Players’ Handbook, a D&D dice app, and a character sheet. Gather the family around the table, help them create their characters, and stand in as the Dungeon Master.
Do you want something closer to classic, simple, or competitive? Prepare a game of Monopoly or Clue. Tabletop games are a great way to spend time, and before you know it, hours have already passed.
2. Try Rearranging Your Furniture
Did you always want to reposition the furniture, but couldn’t because you were always busy? Thanks to the community lockdown, you now can. Plus, with everybody also stuck at home, you can get people to help you move the furniture around.
It’s a great opportunity to clean up and dispose of objects you don’t need anymore. It’ll feel a lot like spring cleaning. Or it’ll feel like you’re moving into a new apartment again.
3. Binge-Watch Your Favorite Shows or Discover New Ones
The atmosphere in an apartment may feel dull when you have nothing to do. Test out the new living room arrangement by turning on your TV. Tune into Netflix and pick movies or a series the whole family will enjoy.
The lockdown is the perfect time to binge-watch and finish old shows. If you’re not the type to review movies or shows you’ve seen, look for new ones you’ll love instead. YouTube has a ton of great shows from all types of content creators.
For example, if you’re already a fan of D&D, try watching Critical Role. If you love seeing funny and humorous skits, look for the CollegeHumor channel. If you want to learn more about legitimate baking hacks or tips, tune in to How to Cook That by Anne Reardon.
4. Improve Your Cooking/Baking Skills
There’s no better time to polish useful life skills than today. If you have tons of food at home, why not take this time to try something new? Bring out your mom’s or grandmother’s cookbook and start simple.
Apartment living doesn’t offer much in kitchen space so you may not have an oven. If that’s the case, there are always other cooking styles and techniques you can learn while stuck inside. Why not make pickled mangoes, experiment on sautéed recipes, or follow exotic recipes?
5. Try Your Hand at Handcrafting
The one advantage we get from the coronavirus pandemic is that it helps us heal and rest. For many people, it’s a welcomed break from a stressful and hectic lifestyle.
Use this time to create something. Maybe you didn't have time for your hobbbies before, well now you do. Create a cosplay costume, do a DIY flower pot, or upcycle tissue roll cartons. Don’t forget to keep your apartment clean after all that crafting.
6. Read a Book or a Book Series
A 2019 Pew Research found that around 27% of American adults haven’t read a book in whole or in part the year before. In the age of technology, who has time to read an entire book anymore? Well, the 27% didn’t read a book whether it was in print, electronic, or even in audio form.
Indeed, 2018 was a busy year. However, now that you’re stuck at home, you have all the time in the world. Bring out that dusty old book behind the couch and finally finish it.
If there’s a book series you’ve always wanted to read, now’s your chance. If you don’t know what you want to read, try something that’ll take you out of this world and into another. For example, try Glen Cook’s The Black Company for starters.
7. Host Virtual (Dance) Parties
Do you miss partying and seeing tons of people having fun? Are you aching to host another party soon and get your freak on? Get on the app store and download Zoom now.
If you didn’t know yet, Zoom is the top app for hosting virtual meetings, conferences, and parties. Set the time and let all your friends know about it. Don’t forget to tell them to prepare their party food and clothes.
You can also use Zoom to do activities you’d otherwise do in specific places. For example, you’re part of a book reading club that meets every two weeks. Instead of talking in a club room, get on Zoom, and have a more realistic discussion.
8. Sign up for a Virtual Yoga Class
With no deadlines, no stressful bosses, or chatty colleagues, life is simpler. The problem with the coronavirus lockdown is that you may have lost your job. For some, they can’t go on long, quiet walks anymore to think.
Yoga may be very different from taking a long walk, but it’s meditative and fun. Doing yoga poses can be challenging at first, especially if you don’t have good flexibility. However, consider its health, mental, and spiritual benefits, too.
Plus, you can find online yoga classes with free online trials. This way, you can get a feel of the practice before you commit.
Make This Lockdown Worthwhile in Your Forest Lake Apartment
Doing these things can help you improve your skills and stay sane amid COVID-19. If you’re not doing remote work, try these activities instead. Virtual volunteering is also a great idea if you want to help those at the frontlines.
Now you know a few fun things you can do in your apartment. If you want to see informative guides like this, check out our blog for more, or if you're looking for an apartment.