Now that most of the world is practising self-isolation, physical distancing and lockdown in some form or another, keeping entertained can sometimes be a challenge.
If you're tired of baking banana bread, or apple pie in my case, keep reading, we may just be able to save you from boredom…
Staying entertained during the lockdown
Go on an adventure (in a game, of course)
Fish in Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released on Nintendo Switch back in March 2020 and it has taken the world by storm as players immerse themselves in all aspects peaceful island life.
The social aspect of Animal Crossing aside, there are also plenty of fun activities to do, such as fishing. Several players have taken the game to another level.
Suggestions include planting flowers, exploring and interior decorating. If Animal Crossing isn't your thing, you could recreate plenty of real-world scenarios in Sims 4 as well.
Explore the beauty of Skyrim
If you're an RPG gal or guy, explore the beautiful landscapes of Skyrim or Elder Scrolls Online. You can wander along the countryside, go for a swim or battle a mammoth.
Yours truly, for example, has fitted out a library in Lakewood Manor. I love going on adventures across Tamriel to collect books. And what do I do then?
I sit for hours in my library and read, of course. Don't judge. Us book nerds love that kind of thing.
Take a digital museum tour
Google Arts and Culture teamed up with over 2 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring the online exhibits of some of the most famous museums on the planet to your living room.
In addition, museums are also sharing their most zen art on social media to help people cope with staying home. If you're going to be self-isolating, look no further than this list of eight museums.
The collection includes the British Museum in London, the Guggenheim in New York City, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, and many more.
Go down an internet rabbit hole
Sometimes a good Google or Wikipedia is enough to keep the boredom at bay. From taking short courses on Udemy and Skillshare, to browsing fun sites, there really is so much to do.
Need a few suggestions? Tune into The Fitness Marshall for your dance and workout fix, or head over to the Stuff You Should Know podcast, as well as TedTalks, Atlas Obscura and Boredom Therapy.
Watch: Toxic Fitness Marshall workout
Host a Netflix viewing party
Why not schedule some time out with your family and friends to watch a movie or show on Netflix, together? Simply install the free Google Chrome extension called Netflix Party.
It has a group chat feature so you can keep the conversation going while you watch your favourite binge-worthy show. Need suggestions?
Sure thing, there's Queen Sono, Tiger King, Community, the Circle Game, RuPaul's Drag Race, Brews Brothers, and many more.
Relaxing on the couch can be fun, but you might get restless after a while. There are dozens of virtual fitness programs to choose from that you can do at home, and you can even learn how to dance.
From concentrating on burning fat and building stomach muscles to stretching your legs and trying out fitness apps, the possibilities are endless.
I recently signed up at JEFF Johno's eFitness Faculty and have been loving the workouts so far.
Start prepping your garden
If you are privileged enough to have a garden, this is the section for you. Being outside can help stave off cabin fever, and the sunshine will do you good as well.
If you don't have a garden, perhaps now would be the time to start a window-sill herb garden. When the lockdown is over, you can always invest in a Pico garden, for when the next pandemic strikes!