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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-21-2021, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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How do you kill lockdown boredom?


So we will stay in lockdown until the spring over here in Europe. It is getting to me.

I work from home. I exercise in the park. I talk to a couple of people on WhatsApp.

What do you all do to fill your days? How do you all cope?
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Well it's not new for me so I don't really have any advice because it's more or less the same. I am working on a YouTube channel right now, but I would be doing that anyway. Things like that are things you can do alone (depending on what your channel content is about obviously. Can't be making travel videos or anything like that.)

Though in saying that lol:


(That is the most clickbait thumbnail I think I've ever seen lol.)

I was messing around with my brother's green screen (it's a green sheet lol,) and zoom on Christmas actually.

If you have the money +/or hardware could get a vr headset.

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You presume my normal life is radically different from lockdown.
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Last year we were locked down for ages here in Melbourne. I sort of developed a bit of a routine - certain things that marked out the day, at least to some extent.

I watch a lot of news plus I talked to my wife on the phone - and I even bought some shares so I could check the market every week-day at 10am when it opened and watch the numbers bounce around throughout the day. It was a distraction and it worked. Things like that.
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More exercising and walking, ride around my scooter, geo caching, outdoor photography experiment more with cooking, food takeouts, take longer ways when I drive to places, fiction writing, decorating my room, read more news and things.

Honestly not much different probably had the pandemic never existed. Most of the difference with the lockdown is the obstruction social life, which I've mostly been lacking to begin with even in normal circumstances.

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Nothing really different for me outside of not going to the office to work on a daily basis. I never went to restaurants, bars, theaters, etc. I just hung around home and went out to see my parent's on the weekends. They live half an hour from me. They have a house in middle of the woods. I have been preparing for this pandemic all my life.

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Lockdown sucks but it's not like i havent been in mental lockdown for most of my life. Here we have a 8pm to 6 am forced curfew on top ,which is great...

I don't do anything really different. Youtube, the internet, some little sessions of gaming here and there. I started to go for walks a day or two ago. I visit my sister and her kids and play with them. I clean and cook. Im used to boredom and loneliness so it doesn't affect me as much.

I imagine it must be pretty tough for all the socialites out there though.

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like many people here nothing has changed for me except the fact that now i can't go to school (which is amazing ). honestly i'm kind of confused why so many people are depressed due to lockdown and hate it so much? but then again that's probably because i never go out anyway or do fun stuff. but is staying home really that bad? i'd only imagine it being that bad if you live in an abusive household or don't have internet or something. anyway, all i really do is watch tv shows/anime, listen to music and do my school work (like normal). the days go by really fast anyway.

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message virtual/online friends. watch Netflix.

today I took a ride to another part of town, that helped

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During the lockdown, I started meditating and journaling every day. It gives me something to do and helps me cope with my anxiety. I’ve also read a lot of books and exercise a few times a week.
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honestly i'm kind of confused why so many people are depressed due to lockdown and hate it so much?
For me, the last one hit literally 2 weeks after my breakup, so it was devastating for me, because not only did I lose her, but I also had to stay home in a fairly toxic environment, and couldn't use my normal coping mechanisms (gym).

For people who have bad social anxiety such that nothing that much has changed, they have more or less adapted to it, so it isn't quite as bad. But for those with a rich social life, lots of friends, lots of people who they miss, it's hellish. Or for those whose relationships are rocky, they have to spend every day with that person, etc.

It's also the lack of freedom.

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During the lockdown, I started meditating and journaling every day. It gives me something to do and helps me cope with my anxiety. I’ve also read a lot of books and exercise a few times a week.
I did this too.

My coping mechanisms were:

Whatsapp messages with my best friend, we were kinda in it together, which helped.
Routine. Meditation, journal, weight training in the garage.

Goals. I set about to conquer a very longstanding phobia, gradually day by day. Physique goals, slow weight loss. Lost maybe 15-20 lbs over the year, and a nice little recomp. Read a lot about stoicism, ACT and CFT.

Compassion focused therapy audio, guided meditations:

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like many people here nothing has changed for me except the fact that now i can't go to school (which is amazing ). honestly i'm kind of confused why so many people are depressed due to lockdown and hate it so much? but then again that's probably because i never go out anyway or do fun stuff. but is staying home really that bad? i'd only imagine it being that bad if you live in an abusive household or don't have internet or something. anyway, all i really do is watch tv shows/anime, listen to music and do my school work (like normal). the days go by really fast anyway.
I think for me it's because I couldn't go and do the things that at least make me feel better when I'm having a bad day. (which seems to be getting more often) Couldn't go to a cafe or to the library, or even just go to the city and wander around.

I don't have a lot of people I go and see - but I couldn't go and see my wife for example. (we live separately) I knew how worried and scared she was (and still is really) so not being able to just go to her place or meet up was hard. I also didn't see my son last year for ages - we just did Zoom meetings.
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I have more than enough hobbies to keep me entertained, right now it is building a virtual world, scripting a bit in it and exploring lands other people have created. I also like to go out for long walks, and on the weekends I have muh rum or beer. Looking forward to having a lot of rum tonight, while playing video games. I gotta say, this is not impacting me at all - if anything I got a job while Covid-19 so I have some spending money now.


In Florida, there aren't many restrictions. If I wanted to, I could go out to eat, go to the movie theater, drink at a bar, participate in social events, etc, etc.. I wouldn't normally do those things regardless. I would like to go on a cruise, but that is being put off until we get a vaccine.. I'd also like to go to a buffet near us, but again, not until after the vaccine. Here it is mostly just mild inconveniences.



I don't get bored easily, much like WillYouStopDave. I can find things to entertain my time with, even if the Internet were to go down, I would just switch over to games on my HDD and programming my own games, I would also probably do some yard work When you also look at our haphazardly way of dealing with the virus, there really are not many restrictions that aren't self imposed here.. plus I just enjoy solitary activities over social ones. For example, we purchased a projector near the beginning of the epidemic and have movie nights now, if I were not on a diet we would be having some delicious buttered popcorn while watching our movies. I find that to be far more entertaining, than being at the theater and around people who talk over the movie or for some reason always tend to sit right next to me when the theater is completely empty and I pick a spot most people would avoid We still do on the occasion, order out, we bring the food home and eat it.. it is so much cheaper that way, because the 20% tip that is expected now is crazy.. plus I don't have to listen to other people's conversation, kids crying, and so on.


On top of that, I have an old sailboat that has been sitting for years in my yard now. I might start to finally work on it, perhaps at some point I will find a cheap marina to dock it in and have a sail when the desire strikes.





That is what it looks like, but mine looks a lot worst than this one, it has leaves all over it and is filthy, but perhaps one day. I think I could join a sailing club if I wanted to, and just use one of their sailboats though - it would probably be cheaper. I would be at full ease, just sailing along the coasts at a slow speed, I'm boring like that

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Well it's not new for me so I don't really have any advice because it's more or less the same. I am working on a YouTube channel right now, but I would be doing that anyway. Things like that are things you can do alone (depending on what your channel content is about obviously. Can't be making travel videos or anything like that.)

Though in saying that lol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgKAo3KBFUY

(That is the most clickbait thumbnail I think I've ever seen lol.)

I was messing around with my brother's green screen (it's a green sheet lol,) and zoom on Christmas actually.

If you have the money +/or hardware could get a vr headset.
That really is a clickbaity thumbnail. He doesn't even mention Jeffree Star.

What are you looking to speak on? Culture and YouTube drama? I was thinking about that, too. But it has been years and I still have not done it.

I am actually in the process of redecorating my bedroom. I am turning it into a studio for videos. I will try out posting stuff on skillshare and udemy. I will just use my iPhone. I bought a mic for $30 and a ring light for $30. Most youtubers tell me that is all you need to get started.
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Honestly, I never get bored. I never have enough time. But I still get stir crazy being cooped up in my house all the time. I like to be able to go somewhere, at least most days, even if it's just to the coffeeshop or the library. I need to be around people, even if I never talk to them, and even though I'm scared of them. Which makes no sense, but there you have it. So I still find lockdown a little depressing/annoying.

I'm researching psychotherapy, working on a project about the psychology of identity, writing fiction, editing, trying to read everything, trying to watch everything. And if I had more time I'd be learning French, learning biology, programming, playing games, modding games, listening to music, and about a dozen other things I could mention. I honestly don't know how people can get bored, though I suppose it's all in the neurochemistry. My brain just responds very well to certain kinds of stimulation.

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I don't ever really get bored either. I've been working this whole time anyway, but if I wasn't I'd just work out and then read, play video games, and browse the internet the rest of the day. Those things never get old.
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I've been WFH since March and just got transferred to another department within my company whose office happens to be in another state, which I'm not moving to so looks like I'll be WFH permanently (unless I find another job or get transferred back to my home state). I also sustained an inury last fall so now I can't even hike or run or anything (for the time being) which at least I could do before. So I'm in the same boat, stuck inside like constantly without much to do. And I expect this to last quite a while longer. I mostly just listen to music and read an do stuff online. Not that much else to do.

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