Igloo Ice Blast – Spring 2021

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting better, and there is finally a roadmap out of the endless lockdown cycle. Spring has started off in great form, but with the lockdown continuing and restrictions still in place the limit on what we can do goes on. However, that doesn’t mean that the best can’t be made of a bad situation, so here are some great ways to do exactly that! It’s time for our latest Igloo suggests… list, with some brand new ideas for you to dive into.

3 Things To Do Before Lockdown Ends

1. Complete an exercise challenge. This one has been a personal favourite in lockdown, and really helps you to remain active which comes with many mental and physical benefits. A few suggestions that could be worth trying include:

  • X Rep Challenge: Choose a number for the amount of repetitions of exercises you want to complete in a month. For example, you could do a 1000 rep challenge split across 4 exercises, so 250 of each one.
  • Couch To 5K: This one explains itself, but there a number of great ways to approach this including via the BBC’s app.
  • 27 in 27: Running 27 miles in 27 days in March in solidarity with the 27% of university students that report a mental health problem. For more information, click here.

Other challenges are available of course, so have a look around if our suggestions aren’t to your taste. These challenges are massively beneficial to your health and can pass some time too, so why not give them a try?


2. Learn a new skill. This can be absolutely anything, and make sure to use your creative mind to conjure up some different ideas, but again Igloo have a few suggestions that might just encourage your decisions:

  • Mixology: The art of mixing drinks to create cocktails, mocktails, and more. A simple shaker set is available via all good stores (Amazon, etc.), and you can often make something spectacular from shop-bought components. Making special drinks for guests could be a great party piece when lockdown ends, or just for your own household before then.
  • Nails: Whilst you can’t go out to get your nails done, that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t do them yourself. With a wealth of tutorials online you could easily have a crack at some personal pampering, plus you’ll have all that you need to never have to expend the huge costs of getting your nails done.
  • Upcycling: Now, this may be less of a skill and more of a hobby for some, but the art of upcycling items can be quite complex to get the best outcome. The upcycling craze has grown exponentially in recent years, and can be utilised on furniture, clothing, and a whole array of items.

The list can go on, with the likes of baking, drawing, playing an instrument, and the rest of the more typical skills being left out of our suggestions as we wanted to give you a few more creative ideas. The possibilities are limitless.


3. Make a ‘bucket list’. After a year in lockdown, there must be a good number of things you’ve missed out on, or wanted to do in this time. Well, jot them down and get cracking post-lockdown! Something we have all realised is how valuable our outdoor time is, so capitalising on it in 2021 is essential. Spontaneity is a large factor in enjoyment, but it’s always good to have a few ideas stored up ready to bust out on those days where you can’t quite work out what to do.

The light at the end of the tunnel towards normality grows ever closer as the days, weeks, and months go by, but there is still likely to be some time before our lives are truly back to normal. Make the most of this time through Spring and see what you can achieve!


Have you sorted your accommodation for 2021-22?

Here at Igloo, we are still working to bring a great range of student properties for you to reside in during the next academic year. If you haven’t already, head over to our ‘Properties‘ page and use the custom filters to chose the property that best suits you. There are plenty of options, but availability is becoming tight, so head over to the Igloo ‘Properties’ page and get searching!