Keeping busy when you’re stuck at home can be difficult. The lure of the TV, just too inviting. As lockdown is keeping us at home much more than usual, it can be easy to fall into the same old pattern of waking up and sitting in front of the TV until bedtime. Especially if you’re not occupied with work or chasing after young ones.
Many people who have found themselves stuck at home with nothing to do have taken the opportunity to learn a new skill or hobby to help pass the time. From art to architecture, people are finding new interests to keep their minds and bodies active.
Below, we’ve listed some of the nation’s favourite lockdown hobbies that are easy to learn and perfect for beginners to help inspire you.
Painting or Drawing
A great opportunity to get in touch with your arty side. Creating beautiful art through sketching or painting is a wonderful hobby that you get to enjoy long after the hard work is done. Plus, it’s inexpensive and easy to get started. All you need is paper and a pencil for sketching. You can buy cheap painting kits online, or even from some of the larger supermarkets.
The beauty of painting and drawing is that you don’t have to be “good” at it. Start at your own pace and practice. Why not try your hand at drawing or painting something simple, like a flower or a piece of fruit? It’s so relaxing, you’ll be hooked in no time!
For when you really want to relax without even having to think about what you’re doing, colouring is an excellent hobby. Put on some relaxing music and lose yourself in the simple act of colouring. Colouring has proven to have a great impact on those who are experiencing mild stress or anxiety. So, if that’s you, why not give colouring a try?
You can buy a colouring book and pens online, or download free printable colouring pages to work on.
It seems as though everyone has gone mad for baking during lockdown, judging by the struggle to find a bag of flour at the local shop! From banana bread to sourdough to just plain old bread, it seems that baking is truly the nation’s favourite pastime at present. No wonder The Great British Bake Off is such a hit.
But you don’t have to be even a semi-professional to enjoy baking. Here are some simple recipes, perfect for beginners that don’t include a lot of fancy ingredients.
This next hobby might help you burn off some of those pounds you’ll put on from all that baking! Yoga is a great way to relax, while exercising your body and mind. There are plenty of beginner’s yoga tutorials online that you can ease into gently. If you have limited mobility, we’d advise speaking to your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.
In our last blog on chair exercises you can do at home, we shared a great resource for chair yoga you can do if you have limited mobility.
You might also like to try mindfulness. This can often go hand in hand with yoga, but is also something you can try on its own. Download a free app such as Headspace to get started today.
Creative Writing or Journaling
Do you have an idea for a story? Perhaps based on a real-life experience or plucked straight from fantasy? If you love stories and reading, why not create some of your own. Don’t worry about whether it’s “good enough”. No one has to read it but you! It’s a way to lose yourself in another world. Great if you need a bit of a mental break from the current situation. Start with little writing prompts such as ‘what can you see outside your window right now?’ or ‘write about a ship that can take you somewhere different’. Or even some short stories.
If writing fiction isn’t for you, you might still enjoy journaling. Many creative people recommend journaling to help clear your mind of stress and distraction. Jot down your thoughts and see where it takes you. Even if you just write about what you had for breakfast that day. A brilliant positivity exercise is writing down three things you’re grateful for each day.
While the weather is nice, many people are taking to the outdoors to liven up their garden spaces. And with garden centres reopening, now is a great time to get out there and pick up some beautiful blooms or grow your own vegetables.
If you’re new to gardening, this beginners guide from the Royal Horticultural Society is a great place to start.
What hobbies do you find relaxing at home?