We’re officially in lockdown – now what? Most of us are now going to be faced with an excess of spare time that we’re not quite sure what to do with and there’s plenty of things you can fill it with. Here are some of our top at-home hobbies to keep you busy in quarantine.
Build a welcoming work from home space
It may be difficult to come to terms with the fact that you’ll be working from home for a while, but settling into a comfortable, useful and functional work from home space will help you adjust to these new circumstances. Remove distractions, clear out any clutter and position yourself in front of a bright window if you can, adding comfort to your space with cushions and a supportive chair. If your new workspace is your kitchen table, be sure to clear all your work gear away come the end of every Friday, if not the end of every day, to help you distance your time off from your working hours and keep your work/home life very separate.
With all this spare time on your hands and a surefire excess of access to snacks, now’s a great time to get fit. As our outdoor time is sure to be limited, use the hundreds of thousands of resources on YouTube to help you get moving. Whether you’re into HIIT, Zumba or legs, bums and tums – or are a total fitness novice – there are plenty of free videos to get you started. Yoga with Adriene is one of our favourite channels: she has hundreds of yoga routines for all manner of abilities to help you build strength, increase flexibility and manage stress and anxiety.
If you haven’t picked up a book since GCSE English, now’s your chance to turn that around. Getting lost in a good read elicits calmness, especially if you have a sun-trapped garden to bask in during the afternoon. Good weather and long nights in means there’s no better time than now to tackle the thick books sitting on your shelf or even revisit a beloved series like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. Not only will you get wrapped up in the enjoyment of a page-turner, but finishing a book will feel like a huge achievement.
Cooking and baking
Ever envisioned yourself on Masterchef or The Great British Bake Off? It’s time to step up to the plate (pun definitely intended). Devise a rota within your family or group of housemates that assigns everyone a day to whip up a home-cooked meal or a tray of freshly-baked treats. It’ll not only improve house morale, but you’ll find yourself becoming a master baker in no time. Get those telly appearance applications prepped ASAP.
Teach yourself a new skill
Lockdown can really make the most busy-bodied of us feel stagnant and unproductive, but building your skill bank means you’ll have something tangible to show for this lull period. This could take the form of painting, learning a new language, discovering writing code or even learning the ropes of DJing. Who knows, take this time to hone your craft now and we could see you headlining Love Saves The Day 2021…