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Activities that Help Me Get Through Lockdown

Many people have discovered they have hidden talent or skills during the lockdown. Some learned they have wanted to bake, cook, play musical instruments, or sing. Others develop hobbies like gardening, painting, reading, and writing. And some pass away the time binging on movie series or playing games to entertain themselves. All these activities have helped us get through this time.

I have my personal lists of favorite activities that cheer me up through the lockdown. 

Online games

Playing online games keeps my sanity from the daily stresses. When I get tired from doing the household chores, I rest a bit and grab my mobile phone to play block puzzles. It is like a mental exercise to me when I need to focus on something important.

When I am sitting in front of the laptop, I would be playing a fight virus game. The interesting part of this hospital simulation game is you get to destroy the nasty COVID-19 virtually. Even if it is just a game, it feels like you are doing your share protecting hospital workers and patients eliminate the virus.  

To play this, tap or click on the virus to disinfect the hospital environment. By destroying the virus, you keep the hospital staff and patients safe from the virus infection; tap patients (with heart signs) to help them recover more quickly. A meter in the lower-left corner illustrates the percentage of how infected the hospital is. The game is over if it reaches more than 70 percent.

Korean Dramas

South Korean dramas are popular among their Filipino audience. I started binge-watching Korean dramas in 2016 around the time I was recuperating from a medical procedure. Watching KDramas has kept me company from boredom, and I am still hooked until now. I was thankful for this streamlined series because I have learned so many things about Korean culture and fashion.

What is good about KDramas is that the seasons are shorter, and soundtracks are appropriate to the theme and unforgettable, too, even if I do not understand the lyrics. The funny part is I get the hang of reading subtitles fast while catching on to the scenes.

I actually watched almost all KDrama genres: drama, romantic comedy, melodrama, action, thriller, horror comedy. I have tons of still unwatched KDramas on my list.

Decluttering

This is actually the least of my favorite activities. However, decluttering has helped me lessen my anxiety and focus on other things. It is actually therapeutic.

I have started putting away old clothes, a stack of newspapers, old receipts, old school books, and paper books. I am planning to sell the newspapers and schoolbooks to the junkshop. I have a bit of a problem with old clothes. I hope I could find a recycling shop that would accept the clothes.

Next project will be decluttering the kitchen.

Gardening

Planting is one of the activities that hubby and I share. We do not have many plants, but we are content to see them grow every day. Gardening helps ease our worries from day-to-day activities. We are not getting any younger, and simple activity like this is good for our mental and emotional health.

The activities may be simple but they help me get through the lockdown.

How about you, what are your coping mechanisms all this time? What activities you think have helped you refocus your priorities, how it helps your mental state? 

No Dirt Growing

Do you want to garden and produce beautiful or useful plants without worrying about soil or weather conditions? Then you want to try hydroponics. As you get started with hydroponic growing, it’s helpful to find and buy grow kits, such as this one at www.aquaculture-hydroponics.co.uk, and you can also see more. Setting up a grow room creates the right environment for your plants and makes managing your soil-free garden that much easier.

While growing your own plants may seem overwhelming at first, aquaculture-hydroponics sells kits like Bud box aphonic Tent Kit that packages everything you need to get you started with your adventures in growing without soil. One can encounter many problems when beginning this type of gardening, and a grow kit that can be purchased and assembled is quite useful in minimizing problems that may occur (including bugs, rotting and dying plants, and inefficient or totally ineffective systems that may damage your yield). A grow kit (view our selections here) can help mitigate the difficulties you may encounter by providing you with everything you need to get started.

Visit here to see other hydroponics kits designed to meet the needs of beginning growers. Other kits to consider include the Bud box Basic Tent Kit Titan + or Titan1, both from aquaculture-hydroponics.co.uk which cater to different growing needs. Another useful aspect of the packaged kits is the security and discretion, meaning that your plants stay undisturbed and your system remains more stable. The automation of the kit systems is also a plus, as it means less work for you! Such kits also have the advantage of being lightproof and lockable, meaning that you have more control over you plants, yields, and growing area.

A filtration kit is another useful tool to help you optimize your indoor, dirt-free growing space. Filtration kits, such as the one found in the Bud box Basic Tent Kit to help to optimize the growing environment and help you meet your goals of production. A kit also takes the danger out of designing your light source and enclosure material; a reflective inner coating and flame retardant material will keep you from worrying about your system when you leave.

Hydroponic systems can help you get the plants and results you want, and a kit, particularly one from aquaculture-hydroponics.co.uk (our selections can be viewed here) will take the guesswork out of the design.

Reuse plastic cups


Reuse plastic cups to reduce non-biodegradable materials that harm the environment..

If you love gardening like two of my friends, Pehpot and Ronald M, then plastic cups will be useful to grow your own garden. Plastic cups can hold plant seedling until they are mature enough to be transferred to a bigger container. The cover protects the seedlings from birds. Plastic cups with cover traps the heat producing a greenhouse effect responsible for the plant growth.