Take on a hobby to liven up being stuck at home during the pandemic. By miniwide | www.shutterstock.com
Take on a hobby to liven up being stuck at home during the pandemic. By miniwide | www.shutterstock.com

When the pandemic first hit, it spread a lot of fear, people lost their jobs, people lost their loved ones. Needless to say, it took a toll on everyone’s mental health. So sometimes to break the routine and get out of a rut, it benefits to take on a few hobbies. Who knows if it could turn out to be a passion that turns into a money-making business. It will help you refocus your stress and fear to an activity and being mentally and physically active is good. Here are a few easy hobbies to pick up that don’t cost the world and will keep you easily entertained.

Here are 5 hobbies that’ll help you deal with those pandemic blues:

1) Dancing

Dancing is such a communal hobby, it is so much fun dancing with a bunch of people and if this is something you miss, you can always sign up for online classes. Just like you can look at YouTube videos for workout sessions it will be pretty similar to that. It’s a fun way to work out, get fit and learn something new. It’s a great activity to indulge in with your family, spouse or sibling too.

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2) Crochet & Sewing

We all saw Tom Daley knitting a sweater for himself at the Olympics, he said knitting really allowed him to focus his energy better during the pandemic. If you love clothes and always find yourself eyeing the price before making purchases this sounds like a great hobby to take on. Start small, start with embroidery and small patches of scraps to liven old clothes up, turn it into an evening of fun DIYs. This is a great time to repurpose old clothes and who knows, people might start taking notice of all your fun ideas and might even want to buy what you make.

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3) Gardening

If you’re looking for a hobby that brings you peace apart from sleeping then gardening is definitely the hobby for you. You don’t need to have a green thumb to being and you also don’t need a farm to live out your life’s dreams. Urban gardening has become insanely popular during the pandemic. People have vertical gardens and have started growing edible food. This is a great way to get your greens and the best thing is that there is a ton of very helpful information available online. It will guide you through your journey.

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4) Cooking & Baking

If this is an area of interest for you, this is one of the easiest hobbies to take on. Look for recipes online and spend your time experimenting, tweaking and trying out different cuisines and ingredients. What I absolutely love about cooking and baking is how you start off with one thing and then end up with something so incredibly unique. It’s like the mixing of colours, you wouldn’t think blue and yellow would give you green. It blows my mind every single time. Try to watch a bunch of cooking shows too if you want to check out what people around the world are doing.

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5) Arts & Crafts

There are a ton of online workshops that you can take for a small fee. I took one very recently and it felt so good to put aside 1 hour every day to just nurture an interest of mine. Turn your phone off, it is alright to be unavailable when you’re doing something you love. Some workshops you can take are botanical line drawing, resin art, pottery, clay art, DIY, paper quilling, watercolour painting, mandala drawing, clay art that you can make jewellery with and eventually sell. Of course, this is me just scratching the surface of the things you can learn online, if you look hard enough you’re bound to find something you truly love. Being artistic is one of the best hobbies to nurture.

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What are some hobbies that helped you get through this pandemic? Let me know in the comments below.

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