10 fun things to do on a rainy lockdown day

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  1. Get colouring. A relaxing activity for all ages, some claim colouring can help to improve mental health as an alternative to meditation, and you get a pretty picture at the end of it. What’s not to like?
  2. Catch up with old friends. Life can be so busy that we never get round to ringing our besties around the world. Make a big pot of tea and have a chat with a few people you haven’t connected with in a while. It can also be fun to connect with multiple friends at the same time if you’re using a video call app.
  3. Play a card game or two. Whether you’re into Solitaire or Gin Rummy, cards are a cheap and fun way to pass the time. Just try not to be too competitive if you’re playing with kids!
  4. Start a new prayer habit. Perhaps you feel passionately about something and could commit to praying about it for ten minutes each day. Maybe you have a friend who is going through a tough time emotionally or needs physical healing. It might be that you just want to sit silently and listen out for that still, small voice. Explore different types of prayer and enjoy the experience of communicating with your creator.
  5. Have a pamper session. Dig out the face masks, give yourself a manicure, pluck those eyebrows and make some delicious smoothies. You’ll be looking and feeling better in no time.
  6. Catch up on odd jobs. There are probably ten things in your home that annoy you every time you look at them (no, your spouse doesn’t count!), so why not write a list and tick them off as you get them done? You’ll feel super smug when you see that picture up on the wall, those clothes put away or that super clean garage.
  7. Learn a new language. There are some great apps out there to help you get started, but it’s also great to practise with native speakers, so sound out anyone you know who speaks the lingo. Failing that, listen to the radio or watch films with subtitles in your new language and try to pick out familiar words.
  8. Get started on that novel. You’ve been threatening to write it for years but never quite got round to it. Now’s your time to shine! Set aside a couple of hours to plan what you’re going to write, then dive right in.
  9. Get cooking. Set yourself the challenge of cooking a three-course meal using ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Make it really fun by roping in friends or family and comparing the results. Then do the all-important taste test and choose a winner for each course.
  10. Do something active. You may not fancy heading out in the rain, but you can still do things to keep fit indoors. Search for Pilates or Zumba tutorials online or challenge yourself to see how many sit-ups or press-ups you can do. If that doesn’t sound like much fun, set up some funky lighting, crank up the tunes and have an impromptu disco in your living room. An hour of dancing will work your muscles without you even thinking about it.