While we have been distracted by what feels like continual global crises since 2020 began, Easter has snuck up on us. We may not be able to go out and enjoy the weekend as normal, but there are certainly some things that can be done to make the most of this lockdown period.
Throughout 2019, podcasts grew rapidly in popularity. From true crime to fantasy drama, there is truly something for everyone to listen to. So why not find your next obsession on whatever platform you use- Spotify, Apple Music and even Youtube. Some of our favourites are:
- The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
- Kalyn’s Coffee Talk
- Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee
- My Dad Wrote a Porno
- Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso
- The Adam Buxton Podcast
- Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
- Wardrobe Crisis with Clare Press
- Under the Skin Russell Brand
- True Crime Garage
- How I Built This with Guy Raz
Binging TV and films
You may feel the need to be as productive as possible during the lockdown, because when will you get this much free time again? However, it is important to remember that not every day has to be jam-packed with activities and learning new skills. Sometimes it is necessary to take a step back, relax and binge watch Friends in a couple of days. We’re not ones to judge.
- Big Bang Theory – Netflix
- The Witcher – Netflix
- Ozark – Netflix
- Mr Robot- Amazon Prime
- Tiger King – Netflix
- Evil Genius – Netflix
- The Spy Who Dumped Me – Netflix
- All Marvel Movies in Chronological Order – Disney+
- You – Netflix
- Mad Dogs- Amazon Prime
- Sex Education – Netflix
- Better Call Saul – Netflix
Gardening takes time and commitment to grow a beautiful range of plants. As the nicer weather starts coming in, now is the perfect time to develop your green thumb! Many supermarkets will have seeds and pots (and maybe even compost) so you won’t even have to make an extra trip out for supplies, just tie it in with your food shopping.
If you don’t have a garden, that doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun. Try out a hanging basket or window box to start seeing some more green in your space.
Bringing some more nature into our homes is a great way to still feel connected to the outside world, even when we are having to stay in.
If gardening isn’t your thing, then maybe there is another skill you would like to hone in on while you have the free time and energy to put into it. Many companies recognise the difficulties people are facing and are offering courses for free or significantly decreased for a limited time. Some great examples include SkillShare, which has a whole range of courses to satisfy your learning needs; Open Learn with the OpenUniversity have many short courses for free that correspond to various university topics; for those with children, the UK Government has created a great list of topics and resources for school children of different ages.
Background noise and music can help the days pass by much more pleasantly. You might even be working from home and missing the radio on in the office to get you through the day. Keeping upbeat and playful music to hand can make all the difference. Here are our top Spotify picks for playlists to get through the long days:
- Soultronic – Spotify
- Latin Divas – Spotify – for those who are learning Spanish
- Songs to Sing in the Car – Spotify
- Yacht Rock- Spotify
- Monday Motivation- for those that need to work from home
- Mood Booster
Missing going out to restaurants? Try making some of your favourite dishes at home! With a plethora of recipes at your fingertips on the internet, now is the time to release your inner Gordon Ramsey and impress your friends (and Instagram) with your beautiful plated grub. Follow along with tutorials on Youtube or BBC Good Food to improve your culinary skills. You never know, once the social distancing measures are reduced, you might even prefer to cook for you and your friends instead of going out and save some money at the same time.
For many people, this period is stressful and full of uncertainty for their industries and loved ones. So now more so than ever, we deserve to do things to look after ourselves and reduce the impact of such stresses. Some things you can do would be to make your own face masks and body scrubs for while you can’t visit a spa. Another great way to add an extra element of relaxation is to light a candle or incense while reading, listening to music or any other relaxing activity you enjoy.
Easter crafts are among the most colour crafts of all the holidays, so why not decorate your home with handmade decorations to celebrate? You can even make it into a competition with your friends- who can make the biggest bunny out of cotton wool balls? Who can make the most beautiful Easter bonnet? Challenge your friends and compare pictures or facetime/zoom each other to allow the judges to decide.
Connect with your friends- from a distance
Maintaining social distancing can be hard when you miss your family and friends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still hang out with them- as long as it’s not physically together. You’ve more than likely heard of Zoom by now, but what you may not know about is how you can use it to really connect with your friends beyond just catching up. Compete in online quizzes, take part in wine or cheese tasting from things you can find in your supermarket or even play games (our favourite is Scategories).
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From all of us at the LNET team, we hope you have a lovely Easter and stay well everyone.