Our tongue-in-cheek guide on how to stave off the boredom. But what do you suggest we do?
The current coronavirus pandemic is seeing millions of workers self-isolating at home.
While many of us will be able to carry on our paid employment away from our desks, it is not so easy for others.
The Government’s announcement advising people to avoid pubs, clubs and restaurants because of the Covid-19 outbreak will also see the necessity to remain indoors and away from group socialising.
So what are you going to do?
Here are some of our suggestions, but we would love to hear yours as well.
1. Binge-watch box sets
“Do you know what, duck? That Game of Thrones isn’t going to watch itself is it? Stick the kettle on, ease into your slippers and crack open the biscuit barrel, there are only 73 episodes.”
“If you think I’m watching hours and hours of all that dragonny nonsense you’ve got another thing coming. I’m heading out into the garden.”
2. Hmmm, gardening
Now there’s an idea. Spring is upon us, the daffodils and crocuses and beginning to show and those flower beds need turning over ready for the new season’s pansies. Not that you’re allowed out to get to the garden centre, of course.
3. Create your own viral video
The creative ones among you might have already done this but there are some terrifically funny home-made clips doing the rounds online. There is one of a woman playing (and beating) her cat at noughts and crosses and we are sure all Rams fans have seen the one made by Martyn Waghorn where he is showing off his ball juggling skills in his back garden?
4. Fix yourself a Quarantini
It’s a variation on a classic Martini. One part dry vermouth, six parts gin, two parts soup, three parts paracetamol, garnish with an olive and hey presto, the Quarantini is invented.
5. Indoor ten pin bowling
The rules are simple for the stockpilers among you. Place 10 spare toilet rolls one end of the hallway as your pins. Grab one of the dozens of cans of baked beans you’ve hoarded away and use that as the bowling ball. Hours of fun.
6. Be nice to a neighbour
All joking aside, now is the time to keep an eye on a neighbour who might live alone or be more vulnerable to this awful virus. Contact them, check they’re okay and see if they need anything.
7. Spring cleaning
Remember that pair of polka dot dungarees you bought and never wore in 1996?
How about that Kiss-Me-Quick hat you thought was oh so funny on holiday in Blackpool after having one too many and have never thrown out?
And who can forget that decades-old pair of socks that is only being kept together by the stubborn stains?
Maybe, just maybe, now is the time to put them out to pasture?
8. Old family photos
Those albums piled with dust or that bag of old snaps would love to see the light of day for the first time in 20 years or more. How about reminiscing over some old pictures with a brew? “Who’s that, Auntie Doris?”
Yeah, right, I know, but listen up will you?
There are only so many daytime TV programmes you can watch without throwing a cushion at the telly aren’t there?
Maybe get off your backside, jump on your exercise bike or get up and down those stairs a few times to get the heart beating.
10. Just relax
We all seem to live our busy lives at 100mph these days. While this hideous pandemic is affecting us all in our own unique way, maybe give yourself some time to rest and recuperate and catch up on some much-needed sleep?
Over to you Derbyshire, what are your suggestions (and keep them clean, please….)?
Credit for this article goes to Derbyshire Live. You can read the full article here.
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