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Things to do during loadshedding

The lights are off and everyone’s home… again

After many years of sitting in the dark on and off (see what I did there?), it’s pretty obvious that loadshedding is here to stay for the foreseeable future now! If the frustration of sitting in the dark and not being able to cook a meal or watch your favourite shows is getting you down, why not embrace it and put a silver lining on the cloud that is loadshedding? Believe it or not, the world does not spin off its axis do when the power goes out, so let’s look at some fun things you can do.

Play boardgames

When last did you whip out that old Monopoly board or play a game of Scrabble (great for upping your vocab and improving your spelling too)? Well, a bout of loadshedding is the perfect amount of to do exactly that, provided you have a torch or some candles handy. It’s also a great way to have a laugh with family or friends.

 Call a friend

Go old school, make an actual phone call instead of sending a text. We’ve all got those friends who we can spend hours chatting to, use loadshedding as an opportunity to spill some tea or just talk – the time just flies by.

 Take a bath

There’s nothing like a nice, long hot bath. And if you’re feeling adventurous, why not add some bubbles and line the bath with some candles? Having a bath is a great way to clear your mind, reflect, and block out the outside world. So put on some chill music and soak it up!

 Get to know your neighbours

When it comes to loadshedding, we’re all in this together, so why not take the opportunity to get to know those neighbours of yours who you usually just wave to in the morning? Hang out, have a cup of coffee, and before you know it, the lights will be back on, and you may have some new buddies!

 Re-arrange your closet

Do a bit of spring cleaning and get rid of what you no longer need. Keeping your closet neat will make you feel good about your environment. You could also find that long lost favourite sweatshirt or pair of shoes!

Read a book

Life can get busy and with all the technology around us, most of us don’t take the time out to simply turn the pages and read a good book. Next time the lights go out, pick out a book you’ve been wanting to read, grab a torch, and get reading!

 Get some sleep

It may seem simple, but it could be a good idea to catch up on some sleep. With the hustle and bustle of life, sleep is often something we don’t get enough of. Get under the covers, put your phone away, and drift off!

 Things to remember:

While making the most of the lights being out, it’s also important to keep a few things in mind to play it safe! Make sure all stove or oven elements and hobs are off and remember to keep your eye on candles. It’s also a good idea to clear walkways before the power goes out, to prevent any unfortunate tumbles!

Remember to smile!

Loadshedding in South Africa is a part of day-to-day life, so let’s embrace it together and make the most of being at home in the dark. Before loadshedding hits again, plan what you are going to do beforehand so that you have all the tools you need on-hand. Make sure your phone is charged, and have fun!

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