Although life is ever so slowly getting back to normal (well, the new normal), it’s not really quite the same, isn’t it? Despite pubs and restaurants, we still have to social distance and the rules and guidelines aren’t exactly fun. For a lot of us, we’re still going to be spending a lot more time at home. I’m sure you would feel like you have exhausted all the possible ways to have fun or “be productive at home”. Our “Lockdown List” won’t fail you.
Let’s take a look at our Lockdown List and see how much you’ve done during this Quarantine.
Let’s keep a score, shall we?
1. Organize your beauty cabinet
If you’re anything like us, your bathroom shelf situation was a mess of fake eyelashes, bindhi on mirror, near-empty serums, and a couple of years old lipsticks. Add 100 points to your scoreboard if you’ve cleaned through the storm of dust, already!
Added bonus: you can always take a chic ‘shelfie’ for the ‘gram afterward.
While you’re at it, clean those makeup brushes. Yes, they can be tiresome to clean, but dirty make-up brushes are an absolute breeding ground for bacteria. If you are one of those people that does all the right things and yet can’t understand why you have rashes and spots, take a look at the tools you use to apply your products with.
2. Clean up. Detox. Organize.
Those emails from Domino’s stopping you from cooking? That recipe app you downloaded and literally never ever used? Those 500 accidental screenshots of your home screen and lock-screen? That blurred out picture your technically-handicapped friend took?
They are using your precious phone storage and now is your chance to go on a deleting spree. Unsubscribe from any mailings lists you don’t want to be on anymore and put important emails in folders so you can find them more easily.
A simple way to feel smug. Add another 100 points for trying! Yay!
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3. Be a social butterfly!
There are at least half a dozen people, at any given point of time that you need to call back. An aunt that sent you home-cooked biryani while you were in the hostel? That friend you lost contact because you shifted home? Your former colleague that you didn’t call and are only liking each other’s pictures now?
—you reaallllyy meant to call them back, but … you know how it is.
This is a good time to find out how your friends and family are doing. Spread the warmth and stay bonded. Today is a good day as any.
Add 50 points for being a good friend every time you call someone up!
4. Learn A New Skill
Stop rolling your eyes collectively now! I know this is the dialogue that everyone has been saying to “be productive”. But you know how it is.
It doesn’t have to be a huge thing.
Did you learn to rock that winged eyeliner, sis? Amen to that.
Figured out what to wear with that Palazzo pants? Are you pairing it with that necklace you told your mom you’re gonna wear it with everything and haven’t taken the label off? Yeah, we thought so.
Mark points accordingly and let us know in the comment section on what kind of skill you have unlocked recently.
5. Cook Your Heart Out
Not everyone is auditioning for the MasterChef. Maybe you set off the fire alarm cooking pasta.
Been there, done that.
Most days, cooking seems like a hassle, and getting out of bed is a 2hour full-fledged process. But, Cooking, however, is the greatest stress buster if done correctly.
Instead of mastering “Croque Monsieur” or trying to pronounce it correctly, you can try to make a round dosa and a decent cup of filter coffee.
It’s alright if you can’t bake choco-chip cookies, making a decent cup of smoothie is still an achievement if you ask me.
6. Learn a language
I feel you.
Every relative keeps saying like its an easy cup of tea.
We can still try to learn to understand what Despacito means or can watch Money Heist without subtitles. I’m not suggesting you become fluent in Spanish by the time the lockdown finishes but it sure is fun! There are always numerous apps on Playstore.
You know what to do.
50 Brownie points for trying to at least install an app to learn the basics!
7. Give it to me, let’s “wor(th)k it!”
Exercise is the worst, am I right?
But, it’s vital to keep your body moving, particularly since we’re stuck at home. Gym rats can always workout at their comfortable space. You can check ou the latest trend “The ChloeTing Challenge” where everyone is shedding a lot of fat and building abs.
And for the couch potatoes, like me, that needs a little push, there are a lot of options as well.
You can always tune into Zumba – dance to your favourite Bollywood songs and shake those hips! Make a video call with your gang and burn that belly together.
200 points to everyone who does it!
8. Netflix and Chill
C’mon, no you haven’t finished watching all the movies and series available. I know it’s not the “Netflix and chill” you were expecting, let’s just make peace with it for now.
Also, are they your best friend if they’re not torturing you with the list to binge on? There’s always more. Why would they As of now, I have completed 12 TV shows, what’s your count now?
9. Finish a book:
A lot of us are guilty of buying a book, promising to read it, and then eventually delaying it. Now might be time to blow the dust off those books and escape into a fantasy land without leaving the room.
10 pages a day keeps the boredom away!
Leave your book recommendations down for us.
10. Dress up!
Wear that dress you’ve been meaning to. Most of us have been working from home, but that should not stop you for not wearing your favorite dress. Wear nice clothes instead of sitting in your pajamas and your mood will automatically lift up. Trust me.
The concept of ‘dressing up the brain’ which means that if you dress better it can completely change your thought process. A scientific study backs up this theory. The study confirmed that “putting on formal clothes makes us feel powerful, and that changes the basic way we see the world”.
Getting dressed—not just putting on clothes but really getting dressed, with thought, with the purpose of looking your best—is an act of power, control, and, yes, uplifting joy.
Show us what you got!
How many of those did you do during the lockdown? Comment down your score.
Final Fun Task for you:
Our holidays might be on hold but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming of where we’d love to be when all of this is over. Rather than wallowing in your pyjamas for the fifth day in a row (we’ve all been there!) change your outlook and reflect on all of the things you’ll be able to do once lockdown restrictions are lifted and return to your “new normal”.
Yes, make a bucket list.