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How To Avoid Insanity During A Lockdown

Updated: 5 days ago

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.


AWESOME games—

Twister

Unstable Unicorns

Exploding Kittens

Dad Jokes Face-Off

F.R.I.E.N.D.S Trivial Pursuit

Truth or Dare

Uno


INAPPROPRIATE games (not for kids)—

Cards Against Humanity

Disturbed Friends

What does that MEME?


TOO SOON games—

Stuff Happens

Stupid Deaths



2. BOOKS


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—

Adele Jones

Melanie Dickerson

Lynne Stringer (new release coming May, 1st)

Karen Hancock

Lisa Bergren

Max Lucado

David Jeremiah

Michael Youssef

Ken Ham


MAINSTREAM AUTHORS to check out—

Kylie Chan

Maria Snyder

Tracy Harding

Christina Henry

Stephen Hawkings

Christopher Hitchens

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Robin Hobb


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.


CHRISTIAN movies—

Beautifully Broken

Overcomer

Fireproof

War Room

Hacksaw Ridge

Sweet Inspirations


MAINSTREAM movies—

Shawshank Redemption

Avatar

The Godfather

Contagion (too soon?)


TV SERIES—

Firefly

Farscape

Gilmore Girls

Lie To Me

S.W.A.T

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.


8. PUZZLES


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 :)

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