With all these emotions, why not learn a few different ways to talk about them?
Keep reading to learn some idioms—or expressions—to describe pandemic life!
Idioms for Boredom
1. Bored out of (someone’s) mind
→ Extremely bored
My WiFi isn’t working and I have nothing to do. I’m bored out of my mind!
2. Bored to tears
→ So bored that you want to cry
The first week of quarantine was okay, but now I want to see my friends; I’m bored to tears!
Idioms for Relaxation
3. To put (someone’s) feet up
→ To rest or relax, especially by sitting down with your feet elevated
I like staying home from school. I have lots of time to put my feet up and watch my favourite shows.
4. To recharge (someone’s) batteries
→ To take a break from activities that are tiring or difficult
Sure, quarantine life is boring, but it’s a good opportunity to recharge your batteries.
Idioms for Stress
5. At (someone’s) wits’ end
→ To be so worried, upset, or annoyed that you don’t know what to do next
How much longer do we have to practice social distancing? I’m at my wits’ end!
6. To drive (someone) crazy
→ To upset or annoy someone
I love my family, but seeing them all day, every day is too much—they’re driving me crazy!
7. A bundle of nerves
→ Extremely anxious or nervous
Whenever my sister has to leave the house to buy food at the market, she’s a bundle of nerves!
8. To have a lot on (someone’s) plate
→ To have a lot of problems to deal with or a lot of work to do
I’m supposed to work from home, cook, clean, and homeschool my kids. I have a lot on my plate!
Idioms for Sadness
9. Down in the dumps
→ Discouraged, depressed, or sad
I’m going to have a video chat with my best friend today. She always makes me feel better when I’m down in the dumps.
10. To feel blue
→ To be sad or depressed
It’s hard not to visit with friends or go to social events; everyone I know is feeling blue these days.
Idioms for Optimism
11. To count your blessings
→ To be thankful for what you have
If you have food to eat and a safe place to sleep during this pandemic, you should count your blessings! Not everyone is that lucky.
12. A light at the end of the tunnel
→ A reason to believe that a difficult or unpleasant situation will end soon
Life is strange and stressful right now, but we won’t have to stay home forever—there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Next time, don’t just say, “I’m bored” or “This is stressful!” To say how you really feel, use some of the idioms above!