During the COVID-19 pandemic, some people discovered that staying at home was beneficial. They were able to work from home without making a long commute. Some people have been able to help their children with school in more ways while others have taken time to connect to their family and friends in creative ways.
For some people, they stopped liking the idea of staying at home during the first few weeks of the pandemic and have struggled to continue making adjustments. Fortunately, there are a few hobbies that you can try to make a difficult situation a bit easier.
Movies and Television
Although it might not be a hobby, you could spend time during the pandemic watching your favorite television shows and movies that you haven’t had the time to enjoy. You can skip through commercials with streaming services and fast forward through parts of movies that you don’t want to see. You could even enjoy a movie night or two with your family as a way to spend more time together.
Learn a New Skill
One way to better your mind during the pandemic is by learning a new skill or new subject. If you have friends or family members who are in another country, you could start learning a new language and find lessons online for university students so that you can communicate through emails and video calls. You could also brush up on other subjects, such as math and science, especially if you plan to go to school and so that you can help your children with their work while they are in school.
Pick Up a Book
When you’re busy with work and taking care of your family, it can sometimes be difficult to find the time to enjoy a good book. With some of the free time that you might have during the pandemic, consider starting a book series or reading a book that you’ve always wanted to try. Some of your friends can read the same book so that you can discuss it through a video call, giving you a way to do something that you like while also talking to your friends. If you don’t want to keep a physical book in your hand, you could always use a Kindle to enjoy stories as well.
Even though you might not be able to go to a gym, you can still exercise during the pandemic. This could be the best time to get started as well if you find that you have more time at home instead of going to work or school. You could set up an area outside to exercise so that you get fresh air. Get the family involved as well so that you can spend time together while staying healthy.
From holidays to decorations, there are numerous reasons to make crafts. This can be a fun hobby for all ages and one that can keep you busy when it seems as though there’s nothing else to do at home. If your hours have decreased at work or if you’ve lost your job, then you could begin making crafts as a way to make money to support your family.
It’s also a way to take your mind off of some of the things that take place pertaining to the pandemic. You can send your crafts to friends and family for special occasions if you’re unable to see them to let them know that you’re thinking of them. If you don’t have the supplies that you need, you could always subscribe to a craft box so that you get something new each month.
From board games to video games, there’s an assortment that you can play to keep you busy. Start playing the latest game online with your friends, or spend an evening playing board games with your family to see who can come out victorious. There are games for all ages to enjoy, and there are options that are educational so that you can help your children learn while they aren’t in school while having fun at the same time.
Even if it’s painting the cabinets in your home, you can use the pandemic to your benefit by completing a few projects around your house. This could be beneficial since some companies might be booked out for a few months after needing to restrict the number of appointments that are made or because some workers aren’t able to enter homes to complete projects that they once performed. Aside from painting, you could replace the flooring in a room or change a few doors so that there’s a new look in your home.
This is a hobby that can get you outdoors instead of staying inside all the time, especially if everyone is at home at the same time. Take the time to learn about the plants that you care for and how you can make them grow better instead of just putting a few flowers in a pot and watering them.