It has been a strange year for everyone. At some point or another, almost everyone in the world was forced to take time off work, lock their doors, and stay home for an indefinite period of time. The pandemic showed us that, while not being able to go to the pub and see our friends is far from a pleasant experience, staying home is possible – with a little help. As countries around the world brace for a second lockdown, it’s prudent to prepare by kitting your home out with everything you need to stay sane. Let’s look at some of the essentials.
There’s no better escape from reality than putting on one of your favorite movies or shows. And there’s no better way to experience it than on a large, high-definition LED TV. This article from TechRadar contains all of the information you need in order to find the very best smart TV to suit your needs. But a TV is only half of the solution – you also want to make sure that it’s placed in the optimal viewing position, especially if your room is an awkward shape. To compensate for this, get your hands on an adjustable TV stand by a company like Vogel’s to ensure that your TV is perfectly placed.
Yoga mat (and other workout gear)
Maintaining your physical, and by association, mental health during a lockdown is critical. It’s very easy to draw into yourself and not want to exercise and move your body. But the benefits of exercise are proven not only to increase your fitness level, but they work wonders on your mood and happiness as well. For that reason, having at the very least a yoga mat that you can do a multitude of different exercises and stretches on is essential. Yoga mats are also inexpensive and don’t take up very much space. If you have the means, you may want to invest in other compact training equipment such as resistance bands, kettlebells, or a couple of dumbbells. With these tools, you can achieve a full-body workout no matter where you are.
Xbox (or other gaming device)
At some point, you’re going to get bored. It’s inevitable. To stave off boredom and escape reality for a little bit, an Xbox or some other gaming device is the answer. Not only does this allow you to play titles with some of the best narratives in the world, but you can play with your friends or with other people online and find a little connection and solidarity right from your living room..
An ergonomic workspace
If you’re lucky enough to be one of the people still working, then it’s likely that you’re going to be doing so from home. To maximise your productivity, you’re going to need a workspace, complete with a desk, chair, and various ergonomic computer accouterments to stave off carpal tunnel syndrome and other lifestyle-associated ailments. This will ensure that you can still get your work done without sacrificing your health.