So, 2021 started with a new lockdown announcement. Lockdown three.
Although it may not have come as a huge surprise, it’s not to say these times are challenging, often lonely and effect every single person differently. Here are 10 hobbies you can start in lockdown three to help pass the time, in a more comfortable and uplifting way.
- Pamper yourself – I’m sure after Christmas the majority of us have a good selection of face masks and bath bombs now. Allow you to become your priority in lockdown! For some, when you’re feeling down, pampering yourself could make all the difference!
- Get creative – Whether it be trying out make-up looks, using that colouring book you brought last year or make pizzas for dinner, be sure to have some fun with it and get creative. One of the few positives that come from lockdown is that we attempt to find joy in the smaller things again, so encourage that!
- Learn to bake – Look, lockdown is tough enough. Get yourself baking some cookies, not only will it be a bit of fun, but what a rewarding outcome! Baking is great for passing the time, a sense of achievement, and almost makes for a perfect treat!
- Utilise the daily exercise – Home workouts are a huge deal in lockdown, but getting outside for your daily exercise is so important. It is great for your mental and physical health and may help you feel some sense of normality in this mad time.
- Pick up a book – Make it part of your daily routine to do some reading. A fiction book can be brilliant for helping you to escape the real world temporarily, and non-fiction is perfect for learning new things.
- Practice Mindfulness and Wellbeing – Looking after yourself is essential in these confusing times. Practising mindfulness and wellbeing looks different for everyone. Some say yoga is great for your wellbeing, and others swear by journaling for example, but there are hundreds of different things you can do to achieve this.
- Writing – We are living through the most bizarre times, so it might be a cool idea to keep a diary, or maybe making a lockdown scrapbook. Although it is life-consuming at the minute, one day these times will be in the history books, and I think it’d be quite cool to look back on one day.
- Do something you keep putting off – Although this isn’t a specific idea, we all know what that thing is for ourselves. Maybe it was the instrument you bought and never got round to learning or just doing that much needed clean out of your wardrobe!
- Express yourself – Whether it is singing at the top of your lungs in the shower, painting a picture or dancing around your kitchen, have some fun with it! Expressing yourself in these times is so important! Lockdown affects everyone differently, so what works for you, may not work for someone else. When you find what works, you’ll never look back.
- Take up an online course- Although many of us may be sick of online learning, you can do fun classes online which could be a great distraction from everything. For example, there are great apps for learning a new language, and some online courses offer official certificates which can be used for your CV in the future.
Let us know how you get on, and remember to be kind to yourself in 2021.