Many individuals have been confined to their homes around the world as a result of national lockdowns induced by the COVID-19 epidemic. However, as the limits begin to loosen, many people are becoming more excited!
There are a plethora of alternatives for what to do once lockdown is lifted, but where do you begin? There are certain to be things you’ve missed and can’t wait to go back to, but it’s critical to prioritize your time and energy to get the most out of it.
These five top advice and activity ideas are a great place to start after the lockdown. They’re all about connection, community, good health, and having a good time.
If you’re enthusiastic about the end of lockdown but don’t know where to start organizing your activities, start with these top ten suggestions!
1. Host a barbecue
Holding a BBQ for your friends, family, or even the entire street is a terrific opportunity to socialize while keeping your social distance if necessary. According to studies, the air circulates in a more sanitary manner outside, and there is a lower risk of sickness in general.
Barbecues are also a great way to spend more time outside in the fresh air after being cooped up for months.
2. Pay a visit to a museum or art gallery
Many people may be uninspired or lacking in motivation after the routine of lockdown. Visiting a local – and frequently free! – institution like a museum or gallery is a terrific approach to improve your creativity or start a new cultural interest.
This is a fun activity for the whole family, as well as an opportunity to clear your mind while appreciating the arts.
3. Attend a Live Music Performance
There are few things more thrilling than seeing your favorite band perform live. Now is the time to appreciate live music, whether you have it booked for your event, are visiting a festival or concert, or are even supporting some friends in a band.
Keep in mind that live music events can be incredibly loud, especially after a lengthy period of silence, such as during lockdown!
Supporting artists and creatives who haven’t had access to an audience due to the lockout is another approach to ensure their survival.
4. Support Small Businesses in Your Community
Consider supporting a local or independent business instead of a well-known chain when shopping or dining. Many firms in the retail and hospitality sectors were particularly badly hit by the pandemic, but once the limitations are gone, you can begin to assist them again.
5. Make a charitable contribution
While donating to charity isn’t necessarily a post-lockdown activity, many people are more aware than ever of the importance of assisting those in need. Businesses were hammered hard by the pandemic, but charities were also hard hit. Consider donating money – or your time – to a charity that is meaningful to you if you can help even in a tiny way.
6. Spend more time in the great outdoors
Spending time in nature, or ‘forest bathing,’ has been found to have a significant impact on our mental health as well as our physical health by increasing immunity and the creation of ‘happy hormones.’
Make time each day to get outside, whether for a walk, a picnic, or just sunbathing.
7. Go on a Food Adventure
Why not try a cuisine tour instead of the usual bar crawl? Choose a few local cafés, diners, or restaurants to visit for the day and see what they have to offer. This is also a fantastic way to show your support for local companies during a difficult fiscal year.
8. Take a Look Around at the Best Views
Research areas in your area that are thought to offer the best views and make a point of visiting them, regardless of where you are based. After weeks or even months of staring at the same four walls indoors, taking in the scenery can make you feel rejuvenated in more ways than one.
9. Continue to make video calls
After lockdown, video conversations may be the last thing on your mind, but try to remember who it helped you connect with. Perhaps you made more calls to elderly relatives or long-distance friends?
Consider making a special effort to keep calling them since they will have helped them feel valued and included.
10. Experiment with new ideas!
After a lockdown, it’s a fantastic time to try something new. Hobbies or local lessons in dance, painting, computing, and other subjects can be a terrific way to engage with your community while also boosting your brainpower.