Things to do when stuck at home

Despite common depictions in the mainstream media, most retirees are not used to being stuck at home all the time.

That is all set to change as we adapt to self-isolation, shutdowns and lockdowns in the coming weeks.

So what are you going to do with all that extra time at home?

Here are 10 suggestions to keep you going.

Learn a new language
If you’ve always dreamed of speaking another language, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are some free resources available to make your dream a reality.

Luckily, these websites and apps are designed to help people at all levels and abilities learn the languages they’ve always dreamed of speaking.

Go here to discover the best way to learn a language for free. Who knows, when this crisis is over, you may be able to speak so fluently, the entire way you travel could change forever.

Catch up on some TV and movies
Obviously paid streaming services such as Netflix and Stan are proving enormously popular during this period. However, if you don’t have the disposable income ready to fork out for a paid service there are ways to enjoy free and legal access to the best movies and television. Here are five ways to watch movies and TV shows online for free. If you already subscribe to Netflix, here are some codes to access hidden content.

Keep your brain active
YourLifeChoices is a great source of news about retirement, health, travel, technology and money, but did you know we also offer a host of games to keep your mind active. Whether you enjoy crosswords, both cryptic and standard, Sudoku, Mahjong, trivia, word searches, or solitaire, we have you covered with plenty of games to keep your mind active.

Read a book
Most, if not all, libraries will be shut down after today, but if you haven’t stocked up on a stack of books to get you through, you might have to go with ebooks. Follow some of our top tips on where to download tens of thousands of free classic ebooks.

Meditate
This is a stressful time for everybody. Everyone will cope with this stress in different ways. You might not have considered meditation as something you needed to do before, but if you need to calm your nerves and the feelings of anxiety that so many are experiencing at this time, now could be a good time to start. Read why meditation is such a good way to relieve stress.

Call friends or family
You can still use the old reliable phone to talk to your loved ones, but there are also numerous options for interacting as you would if you were able to catch up. You can use Skype, What’s App or Facetime.

Update your smartphone with the latest apps
There’s an app for almost anything you can think of. Figuring out which ones to try might take some time, but fortunately you no longer have to put off that search. This article offers some tips for popular apps that you might find useful, but you should also take some time to explore your app store and see what else takes your fancy.

Online courses
You can teach yourself practically anything from home these days. Australians over 65 are the fastest-growing new adopters of non-formal online education, according to NBN Co. Older Australians are heading online in large numbers to watch tutorials, complete new courses and learn new languages. Why not take this opportunity to join them. Who knows what you could learn?

Exercise
You might be used to walking and getting around as a daily component of your exercise but being cooped up at home is no reason to let your fitness fail. Make sure that you stay fit and healthy with these six low-risk workouts.

Experiment with food
YourLifeChoices is proud to boast one of the most expansive and varied recipe collections on the world wide web. From hearty soups, salads and finger foods, or tips on how to perfect that Sunday roast, we have a heap of detailed recipes and instructions. Why not move out of your comfort zone and try cooking something new? There is a whole world of flavour to discover.

What will you be doing to beat the boredom at home during the pandemic?

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Written by Ben

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