The lockdown has been hard on all of us. We are used to going out and seeing our friends, family, and colleagues, but now we are stuck at home with only ourselves for company. This can lead to feelings of boredom and loneliness. However, there are things that we can do to beat the boredom blues.
Here are ten new hobbies that you can try during the lockdown.
1. Consider running. You can get into running quickly as a keep-fit hobby. A pair of appropriate running shoes and a place to run are all you need to get started. Additionally, running allows you to take a break from whatever is going on in your life to provide a host of health benefits.
2. Starting a garden is a great hobby to try during lockdown. Start a vegetable garden- now is the perfect time to get your hands dirty and start growing your own food. With many of us spending more time at home, why not use this time to start a garden and watch your plants grow?
3. Why not try your hand at baking? You can try all sorts of recipes, from cakes and cookies to bread and pies. And who doesn’t love eating something they’ve made themselves?
4. Another fun hobby you can do indoors is learning how to knit or crochet. YouTube has several videos on the subject for beginners.
5. Learn a new language- with so much free time on our hands, now is the perfect opportunity to learn a new language. There are many online resources available for learning languages, so there’s no excuse not to try! You can download the Duolingo app and learn anywhere.
6. Taking up yoga will give you the exercise you need during lockdown, but you will also benefit from mental wellbeing. Yoga with Adriene is a good place to start your yoga journey.
7. Journaling is a good way to pass the time and can be very therapeutic. It’s easy and cheap to start. All you need is a notebook and pen, or you can write on your laptop or computer. Writing will help release anxious feelings, which is an excellent benefit for your mental health.
8. If journaling appeals to you blogging might also be worth a look. If you enjoy writing, blogging is a great way to share your opinions and interests with others. Blogging doesn’t have to cost anything as there are free blogging platforms such as WordPress to choose from.
9. Cycling can be a great alternative to running if you need a low-impact aerobic activity but you still like to get outside and about. All you need is a bike and a helmet, and some practice. If you cycle daily, you may be confident enough to cycle to work to avoid public transport.
10. Reading is an age-old pastime that improves literacy, reduces stress and exercises your brain. If you are fed up with binge-watching TV, reading is a great way to escape.