Bored in the house and in the house bored? The COVID-19 pandemic has severely limited movement around the world, with strict lockdowns in place to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease. We’re all trying to do our part (well, most of us) to stop COVID escalating. But staying at home doesn’t have to be a tenuous time. If you’re lucky enough to be able to work remotely and still have the energy to do new things, there’s a world of hobbies to explore.
At Home Hobbies To Try
We reached out to our audience and asked them about the hobbies that they’re trying out to lift their mood. From dabbling in gardening to learning new recipes to try out in the kitchen, there’s a lot of productive and fun activities to try. This Life Hack article shares, “A hobby is yours and yours alone. You can choose how to spend your time, you can choose when you want to work on it, and you can take full creative license over your work and make it all about you.”
If you’ve been struggling to focus, don’t worry! It’s not your responsibility to learn a new thing or come out of this stressful time with enlightenment, we’re all doing what we can.
Hobbies are a great way to learn something new and have a positive distraction, but if you’re unable to start a new project that’s okay too. As Anja Tyson mentioned in our Checking In series, “It is not necessary to learn something about yourself or connect more deeply with yourself when you’re knee-deep in a crisis – this is from the point of view of someone who has been through real crises in the past. Oftentimes the learning comes later.”
There were different stages of quarantine and lockdown, from the baking banana bread phase to trying the Chloe Ting workout. If you’ve been able to partake and take the time to find new hobbies, without having to worry about job security or housing – that’s a privilege in itself. But finding activities to help us cope is important and you don’t need to be good at it.
We’ve rounded up some at-home hobbies from our loyal Pretty Birds family that might be interested in trying during this time.
@lindadearie: Right now, I’m into puzzles, succulents, and figuring out my mom’s recipes.
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Currently propagating ✂️ #plantcuttings #propagationstation #propagation #waterpropagation #syngoniumalbovariegata #pileamollis #marantalemonlime #houseplants #indoorjungle #houseplantsofinstagram #houseplantcommunity #plantparenthood #houseplantlove #urbanjungle #aroidaddict #aroids #araceae #marantaceae #plantsonwhite
@sheikaya: I’ve started reading again and taking baths. Are baths a hobby?
@margaeuxfashionx: Planted an EPIC vegetable garden during quarantine. I’m now actually feeding my entire cul de sac and more! My courgettes and cabbages are massive! I’ve had them every possible way I need new recipes.
@lilordnelson: Baking clafouti for the first time!
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Voilà, ma Clafoutis. 🌿 Le prime prugne e non posso non pensare alla Clafoutis. Infatti il pensiero ha preso subito forma. Profumo e ricordi d'infanzia, in cui mia nonna si impegnava tra i fornelli a prepare quei piatti irresistibili che ricordarvano al nonno le sue origini francesi, anche se la nonna abilmente, segretamente, ma soprattutto amorevolmente, rimpiazzava il famoso burro con yogurt o olio di oliva extra vergine. Credo che il nonno non abbia mai sospettatato di nulla…tanto erano deliziosi e pieni d'amore per lui. Questo dolce che si unisce alla morbidezza golosa, è facilissimo da preparare. Ottimo da gustare d'estate con una pallina di gelato. Se non avete a disposizione le prugne, potete utilizzare qualsiasi frutta di stagione, dalle ciliege alle pesche, albicocche, mele o pere… Qui la ricetta di mia nonna😊 Clafoutis alle Prugne Ingredienti 3 uova 90 g di zucchero di canna 1 pizzico di sale 70 g di farina di mandorle 2 cucchiai di farina tipo 1 o farro 100 ml di latte di riso 100 g di yogurt greco 8-10 prugne Preriscaldate il forno a 180 °, imburrate uno stampo di medie dimensioni. Montate con la frusta elettrica le uova con lo zucchero e il sale fino ad ottenere una bella consistenza spumosa. Unite la farina di mandorle un pò alla volta e poi la farina sempre con le fruste in azione e infine unite il latte e lo yogurt. Adagiate le prugne nello stampo tagliate a piacere e versate sopra il composto. Spolverate la superficie con un cucchiaino di zucchero di canna. Cuocete per circa 40 minuti in forno finchè non risulti dorata. Servite tiepida con gelato o lasciate raffreddare.🌼 #clafoutis #dolcimomenti #sweetmoments
@candicehoyes: I made patties!
@mavery230: Tie-dyeing and propagating succulents.
I don’t know if it could be called a hobby but I started working out on FaceTime with friends back home. It really helped me feel less lonely and passed the time like sometimes 3 hrs which was significant lol. I ordered adult coloring books and listened to podcasts while coloring. Tried baking different brioche recipes and failed, but at least I tried!
Other hobbies to try at home
If you’ve tried the above hobbies, why not find another one to attempt this year? Hobbies are also a way to meet like-minded people who share your interests and combat the loneliness that has come from this pandemic. Psychology Today explains, “While some hobbies are solitary endeavors, many get us out in our communities, meeting people we otherwise wouldn’t, sharing our passions, and forming new bonds”
If you’ve recently moved and are struggling to make friends, it’s always good to try meeting new people through what you already love. Join virtual knitting or crocheting clubs. Find a local book club in your area or even on social media. You can tick something off your bucket list and try to complete an online course. Take up art therapy or find podcasts you love. The list is (almost) endless. We’re all trying to cope and whatever brings you joy is important too.
Have you taken up a new hobby recently? Let us know in the comments below!