So, you made it through Lockdown 1.0. You made bread, and you completed Netflix. You just about found your feet with normal life and then Lockdown 2.0 happened.
From 5th November to 2nd December, England is under lockdown restrictions. Restriction include: non-essential shops closed, travel restrictions in place, and households banned from mixing.
You might be wondering what can you do now?
So we’ve put together some suggestions of things to keep you busy.
Things to watch….
This is Us – Season 5 drops this November so now is the perfect time to binge-watch this generational drama in anticipation. The show takes you through the story of the Pearson siblings as both children and adults. Sometimes it’s emotionally destroying and at other times it’s incredibly uplifting, either way it’ll keep you enthralled for hours.
Autumn Nations Cup Rugby Union– Now is the time to get into the Rugby Union, it’s fiercely competitive. It will have you on the edge of your seat, so pick your favourite team and start cheering!
James May: Oh, Cook!- Top Gear James May is about to embark on his most perilous journey yet…learning how to cook. This is a cookery show for people who do not know a single thing about cooking so if you’ve struggled to make your food in halls this could be essential viewing.
The Crown (Season 4) – The massively popular series about the British Royal Family is back, and they’ve reached a juicy part of the Windsor’s history (*spoiler ahead…kind of) Princess Diana is finally introduced, and they touch on the relationship between Charles and Camilla as well.
Dash & Lily-This adaption of the much-loved novel Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares comes to Netflix this November, and it’s got incredibly cute vibes. Telling the story of Dash & Lily as they trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook that they pass back and forth at locations around New York City.
Sorry to Bother You- Probably the best film about working in a call centre ever, Sorry to Bother You is a masterful sci-fi comedy that will have you captivated with every twist and turn that comes your way. You never know what’s going to happen next and it’ll stay on your mind for weeks after.
More Simpsons- Yes, there is always one more season of The Simpsons than you think! And the latest series of The Simpsons hits Disney + this month, you might not have enough to rewatch the entire show but why not catch up on this season?
The Mandalorian Season 2- If you need more baby Yoda in your life (I know I do!), then you will be pleased to know that The Mandalorian and his cute sidekick are back this month. If you didn’t watch it the first-time round, then you should check out this fantastic intergalactic story of a lone bounty hunter set in the Star Wars universe.
One Day at Disney- A new roll of One Day at Disney episodes is due to be released throughout November. These are the perfect little snapshot into all those jobs at Disney you imagined doing as a kid by the real people who do those jobs daily.
New music to listen to…
New music from Miley Cyrus.– Miley Cyrus is finally giving us the rock album we’ve all been craving since her cover of Heart of Glass. Plastic Hearts is supposed to be a rock/pop fusion featuring covers like Zombie and Edge of Seventeen along with some original songs as well. Should be an exciting moment for Miley fans everywhere.
Weird! Yungblud.- Pop-punk star Yungblud is giving us his Sophomore album this November and fans have been waiting for it all year! After being forced to cancel his North American tour he started doing live streaming performances and worked on this new album.
Babeheaven drops their debut album.- Synthy, dreamy duo Babeheaven drop their much-anticipated debut album this November. Babeheaven have been building up a cult following for the past few years with songs like Seabird and Walk Away so now is the perfect time to check them out.
Podcasts to Listen too…
The Receipts Podcast.- The ladies from the Receipts Podcast have been absolutely killing it as of late, with enough content to get you through this Lockdown, Christmas, and any future Lockdown. These three girls talk about ‘anything and everything’ so you are sure to find an episode for your mood.
My Favourite Murder. Have you seen every single true crime documentary on Netflix? Have you also seen every stand up special on Netflix? Well, this is the podcast for you. True crime-comedy podcasts might not be everyone’s tempo, but if you use morbid humour to cope with reality, this might be for you.
Oh Hello! The P’dcast.– George St.Geegland and Gil Faizon (Charmed I’m sure.) Two old curmudgeonly New Yorkers attempt to solve the murder of Princess Diana but keep getting distracted by a plethora of issues including their guests which include Lin Manuel Miranda, Pete Davidson, and John Oliver.
Things to get involved in…
Write a Novel. November is National Novel Writing Month, where the challenge is to write 50,000 words in the month, doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad just write it. You try to write at least 1,666 a day. If you have always thought you could write a book but you just never had the time, this method might be perfect for you.
Couch to 5k. If you’re missing the gym or just looking for an excuse to get out of the house then download the Couch to 5k app. It takes you through a method of introducing you to running for longer and longer periods until you run 5k.
Black Friday Sales. If you’ve been saving and saving just trying to get through the Lockdown then mark your calendars for the 27th November for The Black Friday sales. With the way 2020 has gone, a lot of companies will entice customers to spend with some excellent deals.
Things to read…
Written in The Stars. If, a modern queer Pride and Prejudice sounds up your street then get your hands on this new release. When straightlaced Darcy is set-up with free-spirited Elle, the two are certain they are not soulmates but when fate has them faking their relationship things get a little more complicated.
From a Certain Point of View. Essential reading for every Star Wars stan out there, From a Certain Point of View tells the story of how Star Wars came to be and how it affected an entirely new generation of creatives. It is the perfect book to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its release.
Little Threats- Kennedy Wynn has just been released from prison for a murder she’s not sure she committed. She’s back in her small town trying to reconnect with her family and her twin sister who’s holding onto some of her own secrets. This is one of those books that will keep you engrossed up until the very end.
Things to Play…
Among Us. Are you an imposter or a Crewmate? You have probably heard of Among Us by now but if you haven’t then you should definitely check it out. Get some of your mates together and see how easily you can guess who is out to sabotage your mission.
Sims 4. The guys behind The Sims seem to know too well that we’re all getting bored during Lockdown, which is probably why it looks like they’ve released 500 expansion packs in 2020. But their recently released ‘Snowy Escape’ is perfect if you want to pretend that you’re out exploring the mountains and not stuck indoors.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Set during the Cold War of the 1980s, this is the hotly anticipated latest instalment in the Call of Duty series. It is a direct sequel to 2010, Call of Duty Black Ops, if you’re following along. Either way prepare to lose many, many hours to this new game.