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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? 

Fun games to play on your time off

If you are on your day off to look after the children, work part-time, or just generally want a way to pass the time, these top five fun games are great to play on your time off. With a wide array of online game categories, it is sometimes difficult to decide on what to play but this list should help you in making the right decision!

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1. Words with Friends can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store on your smartphone or play online on Facebook. This take on the popular game of Scrabble allows you to battle cross-platform against friends and as it is linked to your online game, it means you can get that triple word score whilst on-the-go. You score is only revealed after playing your move meaning you have to be careful not to miss out on a triple word score which could cost you your crown as king or queen of Words with Friends.

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2. Whether you are looking for arcade games, live casino games or Vegas slots, CasinoEuro.com games has it all. You can go from game to game finding your own personal favourites and whilst enjoying them, you get the added bonus that you may actually win some money in your free time. The improved social aspect of online casinos means that you can interact with other players making this a much more social and interactive way to spend your gaming time. An added bonus is that you are able to try the games out for free before you decide to play for money, meaning you can practice until near perfect and discover the most suited game for you.

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3. Candy Crush Saga is a new take on the classic and all-time favourite, Bejewelled; however, Candy Crush Saga, which is available on smartphones and Facebook, will take you to near breaking point. You will often find yourself being stuck on a level for weeks or even months whilst seeking help from a number of online forums with help and tips on how to complete the level. This sense of community felt by some frustrated gamers who groan at the latest challenging level only to post one month later with elation at having completed it, gives the feeling of, ‘we are all in this together’. The difficulty of this game is one of its addictive characteristics and brings out your competitive side as you can post on your friend’s Facebook wall when you beat their score on a specific level.

4. An extremely popular and fun game to play in your time off is FarmVille 2. After first starting out, you will be wondering what all the fuss is about, but soon you will find yourself constantly checking just to make sure your beautiful farm is thriving. A huge improvement on FarmVille 1, you can help friends who can in turn return the favour and you can watch as your farm, grows, develops and prospers in this easy to play yet extremely addictive game.

5. Angry Birds Friends brings an extra aspect to the competition as you face off against friends to become the top of your friends’ leader board. This world famous online game which is also available through the Google and Apple App Stores is a physics-based game. If you have not played this game before, now is the time to start as you use the abilities of different birds to destroy the pigs’ defences. Although this might sound like child’s play it certainly isn’t as each level offers a new challenge requiring logic, skill and power to overcome them.

A huge advantage of the above games is that you can play them whilst on the move meaning you can take them with you out of the office or home. Play the games above for an enjoyable, addictive and challenging experience, while feeling a sense of achievement once you have completed a level. The new integration of online games with in-play chat forums or linking it to your social media account, means that gaming has become a much more social affair and a new way to interact with friends and family.

Why mums are becoming online gamers

The gamer of today is no longer the typical male teen or technology geek as women are closing the gender gap. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) 2012 figures revealed that 47% of gamers are women. Women over the age of 18 make up one of the industry’s fastest growing demographic and this article will set out why they are becoming more involved.

Online gaming has become a central part of a mum’s day, using online games to relax and unwind from the daily stresses to enjoy online games and online casinos. Recently online casinos have risen in popularity among women with websites designing their games and webpages around women gamers. Women’s presence in online casinos such as Intertops Casino has meant that the demographics of online casinos have changed significantly and online casinos have had to change accordingly.

There has been a rise in the interaction and socialising side of online games and casinos with players being able to interact via an in-play message board, forum or through social media sites. The social side of online gaming has attracted mums who might be in the house alone during the day whilst their children are at school or whilst they are out and about in-between errands. The message boards offer like-minded mums the chance to communicate with one another whilst enjoying the online games.

With the rise of accessibility via mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones allowing mums access to online games whilst on the move, the increased ease of access has made mums become more involved in the world of online gambling. Whilst waiting to pick the children up on the school run or commuting on public transport, they are able to fill their time with an enjoyable online game or online casino. There are a large variety of free online games, and even casinos offer free games so to try before you buy. The advantage is that these online games can be paused and continued later on in the day meaning that they don’t lose their progress.

Mums are becoming online gamers in an attempt to bond with their children and for their children’s education. There are a large number of entertainment and educational online games that provide mental stimulation such as puzzles or education to children and also helps them to connect to their friends online. Mums can play alongside their kids or supervise them as they play and this has become a new fun family activity to enter the modern household.

The ease of access and interaction that online games now provide, as well as the educational aspect that can be provided through online gaming, has increased the popularity of online games with mums. This demographic will without a doubt continue to increase and become more and more popular, and therefore possibly shape the future of the online gaming world as it has already started to do so within online casinos.