Around the world, the global COVID-19 pandemic has forced huge numbers of people into a prolonged state of lockdown – with some countries and regions now appearing set for another wave of lockdown regulations.
Clearly, the state of lockdown presents many problems and can negatively impact all sorts of different dimensions of a person’s life.
One of the clearest and most obviously apparent downsides of the lockdown, though, is that it can become really boring and disheartening to remain in your home for weeks and months at a stretch, without any real interaction with the outside world.
Fortunately, people have been coming up with a variety of fun things to do during the lockdown to keep themselves occupied and entertained, and to keep their spirits up, too.
Here are a few examples.
Bingo is one of the most widely appreciated pastimes out there, and it’s not hard to see why – it fulfils a bunch of basic psychological desires that we all have, including the desire to be lucky and to potentially win something, and the desire to be involved in competition in a friendly and safe setting.
Obviously, during quarantine, traditional bingo halls have been off limits. Fortunately, however, the fact that we live in the Internet age means that it’s possible to enjoy the excitement and entertainment of playing bingo online on one of the new bingo sites.
Playing bingo online in a responsible way, with a reputable company, is a great way of scratching the itch from the comfort of your own home, and many people have been turning to online bingo services for a bit of fun and stress relief for just that reason.
Interactive games and conversations with friends and family
Apart from online bingo, there are many interactive games that exist today that can be played with friends and family, across large physical distances, and in a relaxed and uplifting way.
What’s more, you certainly don’t need to commit to being a hardcore video game enthusiasts, or to throw yourself head first into the complex and potentially addictive world of Massively Multiplayer Online Games in order to have some fun with friends and relatives.
These days, playing a round of Scrabble or an online version of a board game is often as easy as installing the right app on your smartphone or tablet.
Of course, you can also keep in touch and stay entertained by enjoying immersive video chats with your loved ones, using services such as Apple’s FaceTime, WhatsApp, or Zoom.
The world of literature
If you’ve got an afternoon to kill and you are feeling bored, there’s a good chance you might naturally default to spending all your time casually browsing different web articles and video clips.
There is something to be said, though, for throwing yourself head first into the world of literature, instead.
Reading novels is, statistically, actually quite a fringe interest. Nonetheless, the great works of literature can carry you away to rich and wondrous realms of the imagination in a way that’s arguably deeper than even the best film or TV series.