By Debbie Holden 21 Apr 2020 6 min read

52 ways to bust boredom in lockdown


As the UK continues it’s period of lockdown, you might find that you’re quickly running out of things to do with your spare time.

Staying in can be as fun as going out, you just have to get creative! Particularly if your children are at home with you, you may need to get creative at any point in the day.

If you’re getting restless at home, here are a 52 boredom busting ideas to keep you occupied:


  • Read
  • Throw an online house party
  • Live stream events
  • Call friends/family
  • Have a movie/TV series marathon
  • Learn a new language
  • Get DIY ideas from Pinterest
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Decorate your house
  • Redecorate your garden
  • Learn a new dance
  • Take part in an online quiz
  • Clean your house
  • Plan a big event e.g. wedding, upcoming birthday
  • Work out
  • Relax
  • Learn a new skill
  • Learn to cook
  • Join an online choir
  • Learn to make cocktails
  • Play video games
  • Make bucket list
  • Tye dye your bedsheets
  • Play board games
  • Spend time with your family
  • Learn a new skill for your job or your desired career
  • Find volunteer work to do with the NHS
  • Make a future finances plan
  • Clear out your wardrobe and give the clothes to charity

  • Raise money for a charity
  • Make a den with your kids
  • Refurbish some furniture
  • Start a diary
  • Find a new sport to play
  • Wash your car
  • Make your own playlist
  • Plant and grow your own vegetables
  • Make a list of personal or professional goals to achieve
  • Update your CV for a new job
  • Get a pet
  • Make a home movie
  • Plan a future trip
  • Strengthen your brain with games and brain training apps
  • Make a vision board
  • Learn to meditate
  • Colour, or paint, or draw!
  • Start a new routine e.g. beauty routine before bed, morning walks before working from home
  • Hit the sales – shop online
  • Make a family photo album
  • Make some wall art
  • Create a video and upload it online
  • Have a makeover – dye your hair or try some new clothes


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