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Stuck at home with nothing to do? Here are 7 fun things to curb your boredom!

So, all non-essential businesses are closed during this Circuit Breaker period for at least a month, and gatherings have been prohibited. In other words, that means that most of the things you’d normally do for fun such as family gatherings or shopping are now against the law. 

The government has also informed us to stay at home and spend as little time as possible outside, only to buy essential items such as groceries and foodstuffs. 

With all of us staying home, you may begin to get bored. Here are some things you can do to solve that. We already covered some things you can do in a previous post, but here are some more.

1. Watch a show on TV

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Probably one of the most effective ways to relieve boredom would be to watch a show on TV. With hundreds of channels to choose from broadcasting many different programmes that would suit your interests, this is what most people turn to when bored. 

If you have a subscription to Netflix, that’s even better. That means you’ll have access to even more programmes and movies, some of which are entirely Netflix-exclusive such as the hit serials The Witcher and Stranger Things

2. Read a book

One of the most tried and true ways to relieve boredom is to read a book. Before TVs and the internet, people read books. You’re bound to have at least a couple of looks lying around your home, so just grab one off the shelf and start reading. Have one you’ve never read? Start reading. Have another you’ve only read halfway? Finish it. Already read them all? Read them again. Maybe there’s something you missed. 

If you want more books to read, no worries. You can always head to Open Library, an online website that aims to have one webpage for every book ever published. The site hosts thousands of books, from epic fantasy novels to simple cookbooks. Best of all, it’s completely free!

3. Take an online class

You’re never too old to start learning. When you’re holded up at home, you’ll have plenty of time to learn. You can take an online class to learn a variety of subjects, such as cooking or art, or even quantum physics. Websites such as Coursera offer classes from leading universities in the world. 

Of course, if you aren’t looking for something that drastic, you can always turn to YouTube. There are countless channels that offer tutorials and how-to videos, all for free. 

4. Cook something

With the government prohibiting eating at restaurants and other dining places as part as the Circuit Breaker measures, people have started cooking more often. You’re bound to have ingredients in your fridge or home, and nothing’s stopping you from buying more from markets. They’re still open, after all. Websites such as Epicurious offer hundreds of recipes that are easy to understand.

But why stop there? We covered some healthy eating tips you can follow. With that in mind, you can cook a healthy meal for yourself. FairPrice offers healthy and simple recipes you can follow with all the ingredients you can easily buy.

5. Chat with friends and family online

With the government imposing restrictions when it comes to visiting, it’s understandable that you may start feeling a little lonely. No worries, though. There are still ways to talk to your relatives—just not face-to-face, of course. If you have a smartphone, you’re more than likely to have WhatsApp installed. It’s the most popular instant messaging app in the world, after all, and it’s free. 

But did you know that it also has a video call feature? With a push of a button you can start talking to your relatives over video, making it seem as if it’s a face-to-face conversation without any of the risks involved. Similar apps include Telegram and WeChat, although Telegram has yet to implement a video call feature.

6. Get some exercise

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Instead of just lying around all day with nothing to do, you should instead get some exercise. You don’t even need to go out, and can just stay home as long as you have a big enough space. In fact, exercise equipment isn’t even required. This is an excellent way to stay fit, both mentally and physically as your body is kept in shape. 

Websites such as Fitness Blender provide workout videos for free. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, and enough determination. If you feel that cardio is too much for you, you can do simple exercise such as stretches or basic warmups.

Here is a simple exercise video we’ve made that you can do at home too:

7. Sleep

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If you’ve done all the above and still feel bored, you can always take a nap. Many people feel tired when bored, so going to sleep will be easy. Just switch on the aircon and crawl under the blankets, and you’ll be dozing off in no time. 

In fact, sleeping has multiple benefits, such as reducing the risk of cancer and reducing stress. It is also the time when the body repairs itself. Getting a good night’s sleep keeps you healthy, and also helps to prevent falling sick.

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