What To Do During Load Shedding

Urg, load shedding is a thing again…

Sometimes the load shedding will hit you unprepared and others you can work your way around it and try to go visit your friends and family that are in a different zone.

Nobody likes power outages but hey, we just gotta learn to adjust.

This post is for those that get stuck at home during load shedding.

Keep reading to discover things to do during load shedding.

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Things To Do During Load Shedding

Here are a couple of things to do during load shedding, depending on whether it hits you during the daytime or at night.

Fold Your Laundry

You see that laundry pile that’s just been growing in your spare room? Now’s the time to sort it out.

Now that you have nothing better to do, go and fold your laundry! Hahahah


I’ve never actually done this because I try to avoid load shedding by sleeping or leaving the house but stargazing sounds like so much fun.

It’s even better if you have a telescope!

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Super fun if you’re into astronomy and astrology.


I am a self-proclaimed bibliophile. I LOVE reading and do it daily.

Reading is a lovely way to relax and unwind and most importantly, since we’re talking about load shedding here, TO PASS TIME.

Just make sure you read in an area with sufficient lighting as not to strain your eyes. For this reason, I only read when the load shedding happens during the day.

Make a campfire, chill and roast marshmallows

This brings back memories of grade 6 camp…

Put a marshmallow on a skewer and melt it over the campfire, I love to let mine go a little black on the outside. The marshmallow becomes all gooey in the center and just hmmm…

Roasted marshmallows are so yummy and make a great snack. They’re even better when you make smores!

Go For A Long Walk

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Nows a great time to get some fresh so go for a walk.

If your neighbourhood isn’t safe you could take a short drive to a nice walking spot that isn’t too far a way and take a long stroll to clear your mind.

Do it alone or with your partner.

Do Some Gardening

This has become one of my favourite things to do.

If your gardne has some overgrown weeds, nows a great time to go and pull them out.

Gardening can be suore fun and relaxing. Great stress reliever!

Make a Potjie

If you don’t know what a potjie is, it’s a delicious traditional Afrikaner dish. It’s essentially a stew coooked in a cast iron pot over a hot fire and is never stirred during the cooking process.

It’s one of my favourite dishes, hmmm…

Have a Braai (Barbecue)

Phot from Reshot

Instead of making a potjie as mentioned above, you can grab some cold ones and have a braai. Do it solo or enjoy it with some friends and family.

Since you don’t have electricity, you can make your entire meal on the fire.

Watching The Ultimate Braai Master (which is what I was doing when I wrote this) has given me a few ideas…

My dad makes the best braaied fish!

Play Board Games

2 of my favourite board games are 30 Seconds and Scrabble.

You’ll need sufficient lighting ofcourse so you don’t strain your eyes.

Playing board games can be a great bonding activity betwen friends or family, provided you’re not playing with people who are overly competitive…

Spring Clean

Every once in a while you should spring clean your home and get rid of any useless or unwanted items.

You can give the things you don’t want or need away or donate them to charity.

Have Sex

Load shedding is the perfect opportunity to be intimate with your partner.

If like me you’re single, you can have a young masturbation session hehehe.

You can light up some candles to make it romantic and set the mood…

Light Some Candles & Soak In The Tub

Photo by Joshua Oluwagbemiga on Unsplash

Safely place a few candles around the tub, grab some bath oils, bath beads or bubble bath and run yourself a steamy, hot bath.

Just soak in it and relax a bit.

This is one of my fave self-care activities. It just melts all the stress and negative emotions away and leaves you feeling happy and relaxed.

I also like to play some music and even better, accompany your soak with a glass of wine.

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Those are just a few fun things that you can do to keep yourself busy while the power is out.

Thanks for reading.

A true-crime-obsessed, quirky lifestyle blogger from the coastal city of East London, South Africa whose interests include reading, writing and fitness. Find me on Twitter @WeirdnLiberated.
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