Keeping Yourself Busy At Home

Lockdown is hard at any time of the year, but during the Winter it is particularly challenging.  Whilst it’s important to get fresh air, the cold weather makes us less inclined to go outside and if you don’t have a garden to spend time in, it can be particularly hard.

Being stuck indoors can leave us feeling isolated and lonely and time can seem to pass ever so slowly.

Here are a few things that can keep you occupied indoors to help pass the time and beat those lockdown blues:

Keep in touch

For most people, the hardest part of lockdown is not being able to see other people, especially loved ones.  Human contact is essential for our wellbeing and whilst we may not be able to have that physical contact at the moment, it’s important to look at other ways of staying in touch, so we don’t feel isolated.

This can be achieved in many ways from phone calls to video chats.  Even if you aren’t technologically-minded, you could still put pen to paper and send a letter.  In this fast-paced world, how lovely to show that person you’re thinking of them by taking the time to send them a handwritten note!

Get crafty

Why not try your hand at doing something creative, whether it’s simply for your own pleasure or to send to a loved one.  From making your own gift cards to painting or knitting, crafts can offer a soothing way to relax, but can also help to keep your mind active.

If you aren’t feeling particularly creative, then perhaps something more logical would be good to keep your brain mentally active, such as doing some puzzles.  Crosswords, wordsearches and sudoku puzzles are all great ways of getting you thinking and can be a really good way to pass the time.

Don’t have any puzzle books? Get in touch with us and request one of our FREE activity books!

Keep active

This can be a little tricky in the circumstances but staying active can be highly beneficial for both your physical and mental wellbeing. 

If you are able to get outside for a walk, or perhaps do some light gardening, then do so but don’t forget physical activity can also be done in the comfort of your own home.  If you struggle with mobility issues then chair exercises are great – they can help to raise your heart rate and get that blood pumping around your body.  And there’s no need for any fancy equipment – just your own trusty armchair.

Love to Move offer gentle, chair-based movement and the exercises are also dementia-friendly.  Why not give some of the moves a try?


Reading a book can be an enjoyable pastime, lockdown or not.  Finding yourself absorbed in a really great story can make time fly.  If you have been using video calls to keep in touch with your family, you could even start up a family book club to discuss your reads – adding a slightly different, but fun way to stay in touch!

Watch your favourite TV shows

With all this time at home, it’s a great time to watch some new TV series that you’ve been meaning to try.  Even rewatching old classics can be hugely comforting and can bring back some happy memories. 

The familiarity of our favourite faces on the TV (or hearing their voices on the radio too) can offer comfort when we’re feeling alone however it’s important to include other activities alongside screen time too, so we don’t just spend our time stuck to the sofa.

Whilst the above activities are all great ways to keep yourself entertained, there is nothing that beats spending time with other people.

Our CAREGivers can be there to support your loved ones safely in their own homes, offering a range of services from personal care, medication support, home help or simple companionship.

If you’d like to know more about how Home Instead can support your loved ones at home, please do get in touch.