How is everyone doing? Hanging in there? My friend and I were texting yesterday about some new hobbies we could pick up while we’re all at home, and I thought I would share some of the ideas we had! I’ve been getting a little bored at home, there’s only so much cleaning and dog cuddling you can do haha! Here’s a list of 10 new hobbies you could pick up if you’re bored:
1. Take up reading
Getting lost in a really good book is the perfect way to escape reality for a little bit. You can join my book club or check out one of my book review posts to get started on finding the perfect book for you. I personally find thrillers to be really gripping and “pull me out” of my own life for a little bit.
2. Make a Scrapbook
If you’re like me, you probably have thousands of digital pictures of friends and family from throughout the years on your phone and computer. You’re going to wish you had a physical copy of those someday! You could either design a digital photo book and have it printed and delivered to your doorstep, or order prints and create your own scrapbook from things you already have at home. Some scrapbook theme ideas include your first year of marriage, your daughter’s first five years, family beach vacations, etc. I personally want to create a photo book with all of our wedding pictures so I can keep it out on our coffee table!
3. Start an Indoor/Outdoor Herb Garden
Imagine cooking something in your kitchen, and running to your very own herb garden to snip a piece of basil for your meal! You can start with this organic home garden kit for beginners, which includes all the things you need to grow basil, cilantro, parsley, thyme and sage. If you really want to get fancy, you could order a vertical herb planter like this cute one and keep it in your house or on your outdoor patio. Set little alarms and reminders for yourself so you don’t forget to water your plants!
4. Start Coloring
5. Become a Runner
Now is the perfect time to become a runner. It doesn’t happen overnight, you have to train and dedicate a lot of time to it! Check out this New York Times guide on how to start running – there are some really great tips for picking a comfortable shoe to starting with the run-walk method. Even better, sign up for a race in the future that you want to run in for extra motivation.
6. Learn to Cook
Since most of us are stuck in our homes, now is the perfect time to learn how to cook (or bake!). Start with some simple recipes to increase your confidence (these are all super simple and contain less than six ingredients). There are also a TON of videos on YouTube showing basic cooking skills and also walking you through recipes. Although cooking can seem intimidating, I think it’s really empowering when you make an awesome meal!
7. Become a Yogi
Yoga is known for calming your body and your mind, so now is the perfect time to try it out. Yoga also helps your balance, flexibility and core strength, and you don’t need any fancy equipment. If you don’t even own a yoga mat – that’s okay! Start out by putting a towel on the floor or try it on a comfy rug or piece of carpet. I really like Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube – scroll through a few of her videos and pick some for beginners!
8. Learn a New Language
Even though we all had to cancel/postpone our spring and summer trips, you can still prepare for future trips by learning a new language. For instance, I plan to visit Italy again in the future and I would love to converse better with the locals while I’m there! There are a lot of language podcasts and Internet courses you can take to help you learn.
9. Start a Blog
I might be biased, but a blog is a wonderful hobby to start during this time! Pick something you’re really passionate about – it could be books, cooking, gardening, traveling, your dog, etc. – and get started! You could also just write about your daily life, it’s a great way for family and friends to keep up with you since we can’t see each other in person right now. I started out by creating a free blog on blogger.com and highly recommend it.
10. Write a Short Story
Try your hand at being a novelist by writing your own work of fiction (or nonfiction, if you choose!). I was a creative writing minor in college and used to write short stories all the time – it’s a great way to pass the time and is also a workout for your brain. And who knows, you could discover a hidden talent and write a best-seller!! This is a great list of tips on how to get started writing a short story.
Have you guys started any new hobbies during this time? I’d love to hear, let me know in the comment section!