How to beat the boredom while restrictions remain in place

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

With the roadmap out of lockdown now in place, those morning commutes, plans with loved ones and a general sense of normality we’ve all been missing are practically in touching distance. But with some time still to go before we get there, it’s important to find ways to beat the boredom and stay productive whilst stuck indoors.

We can all relate to feeling a bit lost without the usual structures of life at the moment, and with many of us working from home (even if your make-shift office is currently a wobbly desk neighbouring your kitchen bin), it can be hard to cope without the excitement of meeting with friends, the buzz in the office and the routine of actually leaving the house (that doesn’t include putting something into the outside wheely bin). So read on, if, like many of us, you’re desperate for some top tips for staying positive (and sane) during this final stretch.

Breathe in the fresh air.

Breathe in the fresh air.

A walk outside, either at the start of your day to give you an energy boost or at the end to signal the beginning of your evening, is not only crucial to our physical health but mental wellbeing too. Plus, many of us who travelled to work by train pre-pandemic may be missing the rhythm of the commute, so having a change of scenery both morning and evening may be what helps best to punctuate the working day whilst housebound.

To influence your train of thought…

Head to Komoot.com and discover ready-built routes in your local area.

Introduce quiet moments to yourself.

Introduce quiet moments to yourself.

This varies from person to person, but even something small that you can schedule in to have a moment with yourself can have tonnes of benefits to your wellbeing and productivity. Why not emulate the feeling of calm you get from listening to a podcast as you gaze out of the train window on your morning commute? Not only will this add structure to your 9-5 if you’re working from home, but it also gives you an opportunity for morning reflection and a chance to decompress when you reach finish time.

To influence your train of thought…

For ultimate escapism and a different view to that of your home surroundings, take a virtual train ride from Luton Airport to Flitwick in the front seat of our 360 trains. This is a great activity for kids too!

Watch it here

Give your home workspace a little spring clean

Give your home workspace a little ‘Spring clean’.

Whether you have a dedicated desk, an at-home study or are simply making do on your ironing board, having a quick clear out of your home workspace helps to keep things organised, despite life seeming a little out of place right now. Implementing a serious streamlining session is one of the best steps to ensure you’re motivated to work in the space directly around you.

To influence your train of thought…

For inspiration on how best to declutter and make the best use out of your space whether it's your work area or your home in general, check out how DG Design opted for a different approach towards the interior of our Aurora trains by creating a relaxing environment that reflects what passengers would be familiar with in their own homes.

Watch it here

Feel good about giving back.

Feel good about giving back.

We’re proud to serve a region boasting fantastic independent businesses. And the good news is that there are still ways to not only enjoy yourself but also give back to the local community at the same time. Why not create a date night in the comfort of your own home with a takeaway from a local restaurant? Or if you’re celebrating a Lockdown birthday for a loved one, how about gifting them with something special bought from a small, independently run store? With so many innovative and accessible ways to continue to support our community, it’s never been easier to make a positive difference to both the economy and the livelihoods of the incredible business owners in our local area.

To influence your train of thought…

Head to our rundown of our favourite ways to give back and support local.

The end to makeshift offices and staying in all day may now be in sight, but until then, we’re continuing to post tips, advice and a dash of fun over on our social channels. So to give you that daily perk you may be looking for, head on over to our social pages to join in.

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