We live in a world filled with stress right now. The pandemic caused by COVID-19 is consuming our news channels and making the world feel like a difficult place in which to live. The result has been lockdowns across the world, school closures and people putting themselves into isolation. The social distancing that is being practiced is bringing together the world in a way we would never have before. We’re communicating on social media and using remote working to continue to earn money. We’re using FaceTime to connect to grandparents and the kids are learning in virtual classrooms. There is so much that needs to be overcome before this panic is over, but in the meantime, you need a way to stay calm.
Picking up a hobby at a time in which you can concentrate and feel happy with the world around you may not sound like a great idea, but it’s actually going to be the best idea you could have. Whether you want to learn how to start knitting and go onto making socks and scarves, or you want to learn how to get your inner interior designer out into the open, you need a hobby. There are so many amazing ones that you can choose from today, so there’s really no excuse but to learn. Plus, you’re stuck inside anyway, you may as well make the most of it, keep your hands busy and your brain working. Let’s take a look at how you can busy your mind with a new hobby for these very uncertain times.
The good thing about social isolation and distancing is that you can still go out into the garden. The weather is getting better, so now is the perfect time to get outside and make your garden look fantastic. For the warmer weather. You will find that gardening is an excellent stress reliever, and the chance to get your fingers dirty and watch your creativity expand is a good thing to do. When you get into the garden, you can tend the flowers and make it ready for the blooming. Flowers are a wonderful distraction to a worldwide pandemic. You’ll see!
If you’ve got just a phone camera right now, you can start exploring some of the many photography apps and start thinking about how you can take beautiful photos. It doesn’t matter whether you want to take better pictures of your friends and family, or you want to do more landscapes, you can practice your skills while you are in isolation. Take your camera to the garden and get up close with the flowers. You can really explore your home with your camera and develop a whole new hobby you didn’t know that you could be good at.
All those years that you gathered craft supplies and hid scrapbooks away and never had the time to fill them. Now is the time to do it! You can sit in the calm and just scrapbook your way through your photos and ideas. You can use the time to journal and jot down all of your thoughts and dreams and combine your creativity with your journalism. Later on, you could pass these to your kids and you can enjoy spending time with your imagination. Coronavirus may take away your chance to head to work, but now is the time to embrace the time you have back.
- Learn To Sign
There are some excellent YouTube videos that can teach you how to sign and it’s a valuable skill to learn. Sign language is not easy to learn, but you have time on your side to be able to do it. While you are in isolation, you can practice sign language – or Makaton – and you can then learn to communicate with others in a new way. For your resume, it’s an excellent skill to have in your job, too. You need to be able to up your skills and learning sign language is a great use of your time.
- New Puzzles
Whether you want to engage your brain with jigsaw puzzles or crosswords, you need to think about how puzzles can be your new hobby. You can find these so soothing and relaxing and it doesn’t take much to get your puzzle brain going in the morning. You need to sit and do puzzles to unwind, and you can relax while you learn new things. You learn some excellent new words simply by doing crossword puzzles!
- Get Drawing
Colouring books and drawing were all the rage a while ago and now they’re back! You’re inside, you need some colour in your life so get out the pens and start drawing and colouring. Go online and find something to copy and really bring your creativity to life. You need to have more life in your home and drawing can help you to do it. Why not learn how to 3D draw? It’s a chance to learn a new skill.
As above, but with paint and brushes. It can make such a difference with regard to how you relax!
We talked about learning to knit and making socks, but why not teach yourself how to knit and make blankets and throws? You never know, you may be able to turn this hobby into a money spinner.
- Learn An Instrument
This may be a difficult thing to do, but learning an instrument is everything that you need for a well-rounded education. Why not draw out a piano keyboard and “practice” on it on the dining table? Again, YouTube is an excellent way to learn.
- Time To Write
Whether you want to write a diary or you want to learn to write content, you can learn how to do it and write as a stress reliever. When you’re in lockdown, you can write about the experience. You’re a part of history now with the lockdown – writing about it is going to be a way to document it and have something to remember the time by.