We look at the best books, TV, films and podcasts that could make the latest shutdown a little less miserable for everybody,
If you have not yet delved into the raunchy costume drama Bridgerton (Netflix), then now is the ideal time.
Starring Phoebe Dynevor (daughter of Coronation Street's Sally Dynevor) and Nicola Coughlan (Claire in Derry Girls) and voiced by Dame Julie Andrews, each episode is a delicious confection.
Or check out chess thriller The Queen's Gambit (Netflix) with Anya Taylor-Joy.
BBC iPlayer serves up a great selection of free boxsets including Seventies crime docudrama The Serpent, based on the 1976 arrest of Charles Sobhraj, who killed numerous hippy travellers in the '70s, a grisly distraction from current events starring Jenna Coleman.
Coming up over on ITV this month is true crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders (January 11), starring Luke Evans as a Welsh detective hunting a beauty spot killer while Keeley Hawes will star as a grieving wife in the aftermath of her husband's death in Finding Alice (January 17) alongside Nigel Havers and Joanna Lumley as her parents.
A second series of the crime drama, The Bay (January 20) is also due on ITV1 with Morven Christie returning as police family liaison officer DS Lisa Armstrong for a brand new case.
Despite the bumpy start, 2021 is still going to be a sizzling year for new reads.
Bridget Jones fans will rejoice as Helen Fielding brings us a new reissue of that famous diary early next month, 25 five years after we first met the wine-swilling 30-something London singleton. The new edition (February 4) features 100 pages of rare and previously unseen material, so what better time to grab a copy for old times' sake.
Two dazzling debut writers to watch are Raven Leilani and Abigail Dean.
Leilani's Luster (January 21) is already a hit in the US and follows a young black woman in her 20s who gets involved with a forty-something white man in an open marriage. She becomes embroiled in his family as she also gets to know his wife.
Girl A by Dean (also January 21) focuses on an adult lawyer, who survived a horrific upbringing in a house of horrors. When her mother dies in prison, she's bequeathed the family home where she must come to terms with the past, alongside her six siblings. TV and film rights have already been sold so watch this space.
Elsewhere The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr (out now) is set on a plantation in Mississippi, which tells of the forbidden love between two enslaved men who find in each other a refuge and hope in a world dominated by brutal masters.
Fairytale escapism comes in the form of Olga Grushin's The Charmed Wife (also January 21), a beautifully written, powerful reimagining that picks up 13 years after Cinderella and Prince Charming said 'I do'.
BLOCKBUSTERS FROM YOUR SOFA
The cinemas may have gone dark but with more and more films going straight to streaming, you can still enjoy the latest releases from the comfort of your sofa.
One early 2021 offering is Edward Hall's riotous reimagining of Noel Coward's classic comedy, about love that just won't die, Blithe Spirit (Sky Cinema, from January 15) and starring Judi Dench alongside Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann and Isla Fisher.
More perfect lockdown escapism comes courtesy of Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James in The Dig (Netflix, from January 29) as an excavator and his team discover a wooden ship from the Dark Ages while digging up a burial ground on a woman's estate.
American romantic drama After We Collided has landed on Amazon Prime.
It's based on the 2014 new adult fiction novel of the same name by Anna Todd, and is the sequel to After (2019). In this follow up film Tessa finds herself struggling with her complicated relationship with Hardin as she faces a dilemma that could change their lives forever.
Don't miss another Amazon Prime drop (from January 15) One Night In Miami about a fictionalised meeting of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke in a hotel room in February 1964, celebrating Ali's surprise title win over Sonny Liston.
For some company on those winter walks plug into a podcast. It's just over a year since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would be stepping back as senior royals and the first of their new media-oriented projects recently dropped a podcast on Spotify titled Archewell Audio. With the first episode serving as a reflection on the trials and tribulations of living through the pandemic, expect to be hearing a lot more of them in 2021.
Grounded With Louis Theroux (Spotify, iTunes) sees the veteran broadcaster enjoying a lively chat with celebrities including Ruby Wax, Rylan Clark-Neal and Helena Bonham Carter who reveal frank details of their lives.
True Crime fans will also enjoy hearing award-winning reporter Stephen Wright exploring some of Britain's most notorious crimes in his powerful, enthralling podcast (Spotify, iTunes).
If you want to stay focused on the story of the moment then delve into one of the biggest logistical challenges medicine has ever faced in How to Vaccinate the World (BBC Radio 4). Journalist and economist Tim Harford reports on the ongoing global race to create a vaccine and how companies and governments are approaching the task of vaccinating as many humans as possible, as soon as possible.
He finds out what goes on behind the scenes as vaccines are manufactured, distributed and injected, and how decisions are made about who gets priority.
No Such Thing As A Fish (Spotify, iTunes) is brought to you by the researchers behind hit BBC panel quiz, collectively known as "The QI Elves", who present their favourite fact that they have come across that week.
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
The sourdough craze of lockdown one may have had its day but there's still plenty of other comforting options to beat the blues and lots of eager experts with plenty of time on their hands to help.
Many famous chefs are back on social media with cooking videos shot on mobile phones instead of in front of a full professional crew.
In Blacklion, where Co Cavan nudges the border with Fermanagh, award-winning chef, author and TV presenter Neven Maguire of MacNean House and Restaurant is still serving up quick and easy midweek meal options for all the family on his Instagram.
Jamie Oliver and his team have also unveiled a free seven-day meal plan using ingredients you know and love to take the stress out of cooking this January.
Spending lockdown alone showed Nigella Lawson how much she enjoys cooking for herself and inspired her latest book and BBC series Cook, Eat, Repeat, proof that being isolated can also be filled with the most infinite of culinary pleasures.
And of course if you fancy a night away from the kitchen, restaurateurs up and down the country are still dedicated to making meal kits and boxed food to go or have pivoted to takeaways until they can welcome us safely back to their restaurants.
It's lockdown and it's January but we can still stay motivated, whether it's outdoor workouts or an online class.
Under the latest rules, people can only leave home for medical or food needs, exercise and work that cannot be done from home.
However, people will be allowed to take exercise outdoors with one person from another household.
With gyms closed at their busiest time of the year, many of us will be struggling to get active but it will be key to our mental health as we wade our way through the coming weeks.
There's still plenty of online fitness you can access for free including Yoga with Adrienne, a YouTube channel with more than 500 videos.
Fitness fanatics also leapt for joy earlier this week when the hero of lockdown - one Joe Wicks - confirmed he would be back for more live virtual PE classes for those imprisoned in their homes from next week.
If you prefer the great outdoors, the Running Heroes app is a great motivator for people who want to feel like they've earned something for completing their run by offering you discounts by linking it to an exercise tracking app.
MyFitnessPal allows you to monitor and record your various exercises such as weight training, general workouts and cardio.
EMBRACE THAT GREEN SPACE
It may not feel like it but the days are getting longer again and green shoots are already starting to appear, a sure sign that spring isn't that far away.
Being confined to your home for the coming weeks will unlock hours of extra free time so it's the perfect opportunity to get your garden in order if you avoided it in previous lockdowns.
Garden centres might be physically closed but many are still selling online while supermarkets are also stocked up so you can still look to summer and get planting hope now.
In the short term there's still time to plant tulips, just get them in a pot as soon as possible and they'll be in bloom by late April or May.
It's also a great time to stock up on seeds and be ready to sow from early March. Hardy easy-to-grow annuals such as sweet peas, nigella, marigolds and larkspur are your best bet.
If you're looking out your window and all you see are weeds and piles of leaves, today is the perfect day to pull them out and sweep them up.
Soft, moist soil makes pulling them out with your bare hands very easy.
If you want to focus on indoor flowers for now, invest in an amaryllis bulb for beautiful shades of red, pink, white and orange.
With thousands of children now out of school once again, mums and dads are getting to grips with home schooling.
The thought of running a productive classroom from your home may fill many with dread but you will get through it without putting too much pressure on yourself,
Creating a timetable is key to keeping some sort of structure throughout the day.
Children can read a book, help out around the house and get some exercise outside while also keeping focused and completing the lessons their teachers are setting online.
While parents will bear the brunt of responsibility when it comes to encouraging their child's learning, help is at hand.
The BBC's educational programming launches next week with curriculum content on TV every weekday from Monday, January 11: including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily for primary-school pupils from 9am to noon on CBBC and at least two hours of programming to support the GCSE curriculum on BBC Two.
ITV's recently launched ITV quiz show Lingo has also been picked up by many families as a great way to have fun while learning.
Resources are also available through the library service - librariesni.org.uk - where you can download many books.
Back in the spring lockdown, Northern Ireland Opera worked with a range of opera, music and theatre creatives who self-filmed some short videos with creative and musical projects for children to make at home.
They are highlighting these again now we are back in lockdown so parents can try out some of their projects when home schooling is over for the day on www.niopera.com