Activity Inspiration – Adults

When we’re required to spend more time at home, perhaps due to a lockdown, it’s a good idea to write a list of things that you can do that will keep you busy and entertained.

  • Read a new book. Check out your shelves or lots of libraries now let you download to a device online e.g. Shellharbour City Library offers downloads here for members.
  • Get creative – draw, write, sew, craft, paint. Search YouTube for instructional videos.
  • Cook some new meals. See our recipe inspiration here.
  • Spring clean the house, declutter or clean out your wardrobes. Save good quality items of clothing to donate to charities e.g. Salvo’s Stores or Dress for Success.
  • Learn a new language. There are lots of apps to help you like Duolingo.
  • Get fit. There are lots of videos on YouTube. Be sure to choose one that is suitable for your fitness and health level. Or go for a walk, just be sure to practice social distancing.
  • Write letters to friends and relatives. They will love receiving a hand written note from you instead of a bill.
  • Scan your old photos so you have a digital back up. Once you’ve finished you could make a photo book online.
  • Take some time to listen to Sleep stories from First Nations storytellers here.

There are so many things you could do. We suggest you write a list and refer to it every time you are looking for something to stave off boredom.

Click here for inspiration for activities for children.

Get Active

Exercise is great for your physical and mental health, especially during a lockdown (maintaining social distancing of course). Be sure you choose exercises that are suitable for your health and fitness level.

  • Go for a walk, jog or run in your local area (be aware of social distancing).
  • Make Healthy Normal has beginner, low intensity and high intensity workouts you can download here.
  • Check out YouTube for beginner yoga lessons. For more information about yoga see Yoga Australia.
  • Check out this free dance workout from Sonia Kruger.
  • Do some gardening or dance around while you do your housework. Incidental exercise adds up!
  • For some great how to exercise videos by Queensland Health click here.
  • Check out the Office of Sport Get Active free programs here.

Personal Development

Get Crafty

Time at home means time to craft! It is well know that crafting is great for maintaining good mental health. Click here to read an article from the Sydney Morning Herald on the benefits.

Check out Pinterest and Etsy for ideas and YouTube for instructional videos.

  • You can order supplies online from stores like Spotlight, Riot Art and Craft, Officeworks and many others.
  • Try your hand at knitting, crocheting, embroidery.
  • Make handmade cards to send to loved ones. There are many inspirational videos on YouTube.
  • Try painting on a canvas, or sketching on paper.
  • Have a go at making jewellery making. Buy jewellery making supplies or you could re-work old beads you have at home.
  • Try macrame. Click here for some inspiration from Pinterest.
  • If you have access to a sewing machine you could sew some creations. Spotlight Australia has downloadable sewing projects here including face masks. There are also lots of patterns for sale on Etsy and instructional videos on YouTube.
  • Checkout these sewing projects from Spotlight.
  • There are so many options! Unleash your creative side now while you have time.

Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

While we are spending more time at home it’s a great opportunity to declutter and get the house feeling fresh and clean. Here’s some useful links and tips.