No matter if we like it or not, a large portion of Europe, Asia, and the United States are currently under different variations of restrictions that are centered on the idea of staying inside as much as possible, working from home, and doing our best to help with the current situation. While some of us were preparing for this our entire lives, others need all the help they can get to make staying at home exciting and keep the boredom away. So, we put together a list of activities that should help you go through this period with a smile on your face.


Throw Online LAN Parties


Yep, just because you can’t get together with your friends anymore it doesn’t mean you can’t still have a good laugh while playing the games you used to play at the legendary LAN parties in your youth. It’s a great opportunity to connect with friends you haven’t really been in touch for a while and go back to simpler times when you were having loads of fun whenever one of you was home alone and brought the whole gang together. Not sure what a LAN party is? We hate to inform you that you’ve been missing out on a lot of fun. A LAN party is just like a regular party where people get together to spend time together and have a good time. However, instead of drinks and music, they bring their laptops and play computer games. The all-time classics when LAN parties were in their prime include titles like Counter-Strike, Dota, Warcraft 3, Starcraft or Call of Duty.


Of course, there’s nobody stopping you to enjoy any other game that’s popular nowadays. And thanks to platforms like Steam, you can easily get your friends together and play away. Games like Don’t Starve give you the perfect opportunity to work as a team and even make the current situation a bit better.


Enjoy Online Casino Games (applicable to specific countries)


While it may not be the go-to fun activity for most of our readers, you can just as easily stay safe at home playing online casino games (only applicable to specific countries/regions). Long gone are the days when enjoying casino games was considered a bad habit. Nowadays, with all the regulations in place and the authorities making sure everything about the entire process is fair and designed to protect the players, playing casino games is a pass time activity just like video games.


If your first thought is to argue that a video game doesn’t require you to deposit money in order to play, just think about that €5 you paid for unlimited energy at a Snooker mobile game or the special pack you last bought for Candy Crush. Exactly, you are paying for other games as well. The only difference with an online casino game is that you can win something while you’re at it.


Train Your Inner Chef


Especially if you’re not a big fan of cooking, this is the perfect opportunity to explore this side of you. Especially if you’re living alone, it’s a great idea to try some recipes and see if have what it takes. Sure, ordering takeout is more than enough to survive, however, you’d be amazed just how much you can save if you cook your own food at least every now and then. Not to mention that if you cook it yourself, you’ll always know what you’re eating in case you’re worried about the ingredients in takeout food. Or, if you have any allergies or intolerance, you can be 100% certain that the food you prepare is going to be safe and delicious.


You can start with simple recipes like grilled chicken breast with sour cream, mushrooms, and white wine sauce. Then work your way up to more complicated recipes and see how you deal with those as well. Who knows, maybe there really is a hidden five-star cook inside you and you didn’t know about this talent so far. This is one of the best parts about staying at home longer than usual, you get the chance to explore activities and sides of you that you never had the chance to in the fast-pace life you were living when going at the office.


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