TechTips to get you through lockdown

We’ve rounded up a load of suggestions to help lockdown fly by!

15 Jan 2021

Lockdown got you twiddling your thumbs? Or maybe you’ve been super busy and need to make the most of that downtime? Either way, we’ve been wracking our brains for ways to keep you entertained with tech.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on our socials you might have seen some of our TechTips – fun, sometimes surprising ways to use those household bits and bobs! But if you haven’t seen them- don’t worry. We’ll be updating this article with all of them!


#1 Easy peasy tie dye

Want to give your old cotton clothes or sheets a makeover? All you need is your washing machine, your fabric and a dying kit.

  • Weigh your fabric to figure out how much dye you’ll need.
  • Get yourself a washing machine dye kit.
  • Tightly twist whatever you’re dying and tie it up with rubber bands.
  • Chuck it in the washing machine and follow the instructions in the dye kit.
  • When you’re done, run an empty cycle to get rid of any leftover dye in the washing machine

Now you’re good to go and looking great!


#2 Use your phone to redecorate

Put those extra hours indoors to good use by redecorating your space. There are loads of apps that let you try out new looks and layouts using augmented reality. Take the Dulux Visualiser app, which lets you try out different paint colours for your wall.

Or give something like the Currys Point and Place app a go to see how new tech and furniture could look in the house. And you can always have a Google to find even more AR apps.

Once you’ve worked out your perfect layout, it’s time to get re-arranging and decorating! And, just like that, you’ve made your home your happy place.


#3 Host a virtual dinner party

If you're missing your mates, this is a great way to spend some quality time together. You and your friends each suggest a meal to make and take a vote on your favourite. Once you've picked your dish, set a time for your virtual dinner party.

On the big night, set up your laptop in the kitchen and cook along with one another. And when you've got your food all ready, you can sit down and have a natter and laugh about any kitchen disasters! That's Saturday night sorted. 


#4 Make fro-yo in the blender

Find yourself looking for a sweet treat but don’t want to throw out your New Year’s resolution? Well, fro-yo could be the answer. Creamy and delicious like ice cream, but totally guilt-free. And there’s a way to make it in the blender- no ice cream maker necessary. Here’s how.

You’ll need:

  • 450g frozen berries
  • 280g Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsps honey
  1. Chuck all your ingredients in the blender
  2. Start the blender on its lowest setting and slowly speed it up.
  3. When your mixture’s smooth – stop!


#5 Get zen with mindful colouring-in

Colouring-in is actually a great stress buster. That’s because when we do a simple but absorbing task, it’s easier to move into a meditative state. And when we meditate or do something mindful, it can actually temporarily change our brainwaves, letting us get a new perspective or feel calmer.

Why not give it a go on your phone or tablet? You don’t have to fork out for expensive supplies, and you can get arty minus the mess. Check out the Google Play or App Store for loads of great colouring book apps, like Pigment or Colour Therapy. Download your favourite and get creative!


#6 Have a virtual sewing bee!

Dust off (or buy) your sewing machine and get crafting with your mates. You could set aside an hour each week to video call with each other and sew whatever you fancy. Embroider or make your own clothes and have a chat while you do it.

Of course, the obvious project is to get crafting your own customised mask. But there are loads of free patterns you can check out online!


#7 Get the e-reader out

Time to snuggle up indoors with a good book. This one doesn’t need much explanation – just google ‘best books of 2020’ and pick your favourite. Grab your Kindle, eReader or an eBook app for your phone or tablet... and settle down for some you-time!


#8 Try learning an instrument

Come out of lockdown with a new skill and you’re sure to get bragging rights… just don’t take over the first post-lockdown get together with your new guitar riffs. There are loads of apps and online classes to help you out and you can find tips on learning an instrument during lockdown here.


#9 Go to a virtual gig

All those epic live music moments, but without having beer spilled on you or straining for the best view. Find a recorded gig by your musical hero online, hook your laptop up to your TV and get lost in the music! Or if you want something a bit more live, apps like DICE have got loads of live streamed gigs to check out.


#10 Make time for meditation

We’ve all been under a bit more stress recently. And meditation is a brilliant way to cope with the ups and downs of lockdown life. So be kind to yourself and carve out 15 minutes in your day that’s just for you.

Meditation apps like Headspace and Calm make it easy to get started. With guided steps and different techniques to try, zoning out needn’t be intimidating. A quick search on YouTube for guided meditations will also throw up loads of great tutorials too, if those apps aren’t quite for you!

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