How To Have Fun In Lockdown

We’re All In This Together 

Let’s ignore the fact that the above phrase transports us back to the 2006 hit, High School Musical, for one moment… 

It just so happens, this common expression of solidarity is highly applicable to our current situation. 

We are all in this together. The lockdown, social-distancing and the self-isolation. And with time outside restricted, we are bound to get a little bored. 

What Is Boredom?

Boredom, as defined by researchers Danckert and Merrifield in their study Boredom, sustained attention and the default mode network:

Boredom is a ubiquitous human experience that can best be described as an inability to engage with one’s environment despite the motivation to do so.

Boredom, sustained attention and the default mode network, Danckert and Merrifield

Whilst boredom expert psychologist John Eastwood, author of The Unengaged Mind, notes in his book that boredom is experienced due to “the aversive experience of wanting, but being unable, to engage in satisfying activity.” 

Which is why we’ve collated five ways you can have fun (but also engage and satisfy your mind), as you do your part, by staying in.  

1. Kama Sutra 

Wait… Kama Sutra?

The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian Sanskrit text on relationships, sexuality, eroticism and emotional fulfillment in life. 

Written about 2,000 years ago by Vātsyāyana, what is now known as the Kama Sutra is best known in the Western world for its out-there sexual advice. 

Often perceived as a guide to “crazy ways of doing it”, the Kama Sutra is in actual fact a book about the multiple levels on which a relationship can exist, philosophy about love, emotion and how to keep the desire alive. Ultimately, the Kama Sutra doesn’t shy away from the concept of sex, but rather encourages it for a happy and fullfilling relationship. 

Now, we won’t be listing any of the OG advice or positions, we’ll leave that for you to discover with your respective partners.

But cracking open the Kama Sutra (or its equivalent) is a great way for you to strengthen and explore your relationship whilst being stuck in lockdown. 

2. Watch A Film Together

Are you missing a movie night in with all your friends? Munching popcorn, everyone piled on to one sofa, binging your favourite Netflix series?

Although it’s probably not the most ideal situation, you can still indulge in a movie night with your nearest and dearest, whilst maintaining social-distancing. 

There are a number of applications available which allow you to digitally host film nights with your friends and family across the globe, or even a street away. 

Side note: these add-ons rely on already existing subscriptions and require users to be logged into their own accounts.

Install the following add ons and have yourself a Netflix and social-distancing chill:

  • Netflix party
  • Metastream
  • Scener
  • Twoseven.

3. Virtual Dinner Party

Virtual dinner parties are picking up traction as people are maintaining their social lives through their phones and laptops. 

A digital dinner party is great as it allows you to get together with your favourite people and have a good old fashioned conversation. 

Organising a virtual dinner party is also much easier than organising a physical dinner party. No need for tidying or cooking a three-course feast, simply dial in to the following video calling services and enjoy…

  • Zoom 
  • Google hangout
  • Slack
  • Facetime
  • Skype.

4. Garden 

Losing yourself amongst the foliage and flowers is a great way to spend time and feel closer to nature. According to one Dutch study, Gardening is beneficial for health: A meta-analysis, gardening has also been shown to relieve stress and “the positive association with gardening was observed for various health outcomes.”

Having a garden isn’t necessary, Alice Vincent, author of Rootbound and How To Grow Stuff   has been gardening from her South East London flat, 40ft up, for a number of years. 

And if you don’t have a balcony or terrace at hand, indoor gardening is another option which will keep you busy. 

There are hundreds of books, guides and even podcasts available which can help coach you to build your own garden bliss. 

5. Coordinate With People 

If you live by yourself, with a flatmate you’re not too keen on or you’re just tired of seeing the same people every day, coordinating with friends and family can be a good way of socialising and keeping in touch. 

What we mean by coordinating with people is arranging to do things at the same time – you could even Facetime whilst doing so! This could be anything:

  • Going for a walk
  • Cooking/baking
  • Painting 
  • At home spa day.

So if you’ve had enough alone time, this could be a good way of having fun and checking in with your friends and family. 

Don’t let social-distancing get you down. 

Trying to maintain some form of normalcy in regards to your social life will benefit your health and brain, but it also keeps you entertained in such trying times. 

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Sources Cited:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00221-016-4617-5

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1359105310365577

The Unengaged Mind by John Eastwood

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