Being stuck at home during lockdown can really make the time drag, but one day this will all be over and you can look back on it like a bad dream. In the meantime, you just need to find the right activities to make the minutes pass more quickly.

Here are ten ways to kill time and enjoy yourself through lockdown.

Board games

There are some epic board games out there which take hours and hours to complete. Get stuck into some of these and the day will be gone before you know it.

Try classics like Monopoly or Risk, fight epic battles with Warhammer or search through the many modern board games on the market and have a go at the likes of Murder on the Dancefloor or Drawsome.

Arcade games

If you were a teenager in the 80s or 90s, you will understand how addictive arcade games could be. The game play was generally far simpler than today’s games, but that was the beauty of them.

Pick up an actual arcade game machine from arcade machines UK and you will end up hoping lockdown lasts a bit longer.


There is nothing quite like getting pencil to paper and completing a puzzle. If you are good with words then perhaps a crossword will be your thing, those who like a little logic could go for Sudoku, if you have ever been complimented on your observational skills, try a few word searches.

Doing puzzles will not only kill time, but it will keep your brain sharp too.


With the stress of what is happening to everyone right now, on top of life’s usual mental load, there has never been a better time to try meditation.

One of those things people often put off because they do not have the time, now there is no excuse to clear your mind, focus on your breathing and spend your time being at one with the world.


Having a clear out and decluttering your space could probably rank number one as the most practical way you can spend lockdown.

You are stuck at home with nothing to do, sick to death of looking at the mess all the time and wondering why it is so hard to keep tidy. The answer is probably the sheer amount of “stuff” you have accumulated over the years.

If you need guidance, try the Kon Marie method – start with the show on Netflix you will be hooked after the first episode.


Most people’s time in the kitchen is spent rushing in after work and cooking something quick and easy on the table. Well now is your opportunity to slow it down.

Plan a delicious three course meal and spend the day whipping up culinary delights, or take inspiration from Bake Off and try your hand at an extravagant cake or dessert.

Make a phone call

Take a look through your phonebook and just start calling. Do not overthink it, just do it. Choose a person you have not connected with for a while or someone you know you always set the world to rights with and talk.

It will feel good to catch up with people, your friend will get a boost knowing someone was thinking of them and you can kill an awful lot of hours just nattering.

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