Okay, so lockdown hasn't happened yet for Australia, but if it happens, we need to be ready and we need to be prepared. If we do not prepare well, then we could quite possibly go insane. Here's a list of 10 things you can do to avoid insanity.
1. BOARD GAMES / CARD GAMES
Now, I'm not one for boardgames. I had a nasty experience with a pencil and Pictionary once (you know who you are!) and it's now a rare occasion where I play board games when there are things available to throw. But, card games I am all for. Depending on who you are ... there are some great games out there at the moment. Better get them quick though, before they're as extinct as toilet paper.
Dad Jokes Face-Off
F.R.I.E.N.D.S Trivial Pursuit
Truth or Dare
INAPPROPRIATE games (not for kids)—
Cards Against Humanity
What does that MEME?
TOO SOON games—
You can never go wrong with a good book. Now if you are anything like me, you have about 4 bookshelves full of books you haven't actually read. Better go down to your local Dymocks or Koorong and buy some if you haven't yet. Or you can go ebooks if you must. *sigh*
I can read a book in about a day, so that's at least 30 books!
CHRISTIAN AUTHORS to check out—
Lynne Stringer (new release coming May, 1st)
MAINSTREAM AUTHORS to check out—
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
3. NETFLIX / DVDs
Now everyone has their favourite Netflix shows, but what will you watch when Netflix goes down? Better get those old DVDs and Bluerays out of the garage; and if you gave them away, you're going to have to go to Sanity or Koorong to get some more.
Contagion (too soon?)
Lie To Me
The Last Ship (way too soon ...)
4. TAX RETURN ...
No explanation necessary. You know who you are ...
5. WRITE A BOOK
Locked away for how long? Yeah, you and I both have plenty of time to write a book. I mean, this is an author's dream come true! Be sure to send it to an editor though. It is ALWAYS a good idea to get a second person to go over your story and make sure it reads well AND it helps all those lovely self-employed editors with work and an income too. Once that's done and if you are still in lockdown, why not self publish as an ebook. The possibilities are endless :)
6. WORKOUT / YOGA
Stuck at home and can't go to the gym? It's probably best not to sit down all day, everyday and play board games, card games, read, watch Netflix, finish your tax return or write a book. If you've ever stopped working out and had to start all over again, you know DOMS will be your best friend. But do you know how many online workouts there are now? Many. Youtube has some great channels. Why not try Yoga with Adriene. Workout and relieve stress and anxiety at the same time.
If you are after more personal training, why not check out Clutch Fitness. Sara is now doing online training.
7. START A VEGGIE GARDEN
This is the best time to start. Home grown tomatoes are far better than what you can buy at Woolies or Coles. Much sweeter and juicier. Buy some seeds or seedlings at your local garden stores and start now. You never know how long you'll be in lockdown and if all else fails, at least you can trade your tomatoes for toilet paper from the neighbours.
Why not challenge yourself with a 1000, 2000 or 3000 piece puzzle? I mean, it's not like you don't have the time?? You're not going to be entertaining guests for a while either ...
9. LEARN A LANGUAGE
Why not get the whole family learning a new language. There are SOOOOO many to choose from. Just think. You're own private language with your family. Why not try something cool like Russian or Japanese. Or maybe you could learn Sign language (useful for crowds and woolies aisles when you're at either end). If you can't whistle, why not learn now. By the end of lockdown, you could be singing songs and be the scary dude in the movies that whistle a song while they walk after their prey with a knife.
10. START A YOUTUBE CHANNEL
If all else fails, you could always document your spiral into insanity. You could be helping that one lonely person and show them what NOT to do during lockdown.
If you have any other suggestions for not going insane during isolation, let me know in the comments below.
Self distance, my peeps :)