Things have improved somewhat on the pandemic side, and there is some hope that with the proper precaution we could start to ease back to normal relatively soon. In the meantime, though most of us are still spending at least a little more time than we’re used to at home, and in limited company.
In order to have fun, fight the monotony, and keep your mind sharp under these circumstances, it’s good to have a few activities up your sleeve. So, for what we hope will be the last few months of the pandemic as we know it, here are some to consider working into your routine!
- Starting a Fitness Routine
For those who want to drop a few pounds, the pandemic is an opportunity to try some healthy weight-loss tricks. You can start by calculating how many calories you are consuming, and then figure out exercises that help you to burn even more. And if you can, try to find a friend who can take the journey with you, so you can check in with each other and hold one another accountable.
- Take a First-Aid Course
Emergencies are unpredictable, and a health expert is not always around when you need one, so it’s good to be prepared. And yet, taking a first-aid course is just the sort of thing most of us never really get around to. Well, with some extra time at home to kill, it’s something you can cross off your list that will both keep you busy and give you a sense of accomplishment.
- Sketching Once a Day
Chances are if you’re not used to drawing or sketching, you’re under the impression you have no visual artistic talent. Most of us feel this way, and if it’s true, it’s okay! But the truth is that artworks like everything else in that practice go a long way. So if you’re looking for a pandemic hobby that’s both fun and productive, try simply making sketching part of your routine. You’ll be surprised how much you improve if you try drawing every day.
- Organize Your Computer
If you’re like… well, most of us… you probably tend to use your computer for just about everything. The only problem is that this eventually turns said computer into a disorganized clutter of files and bookmarks. Cleaning it all out can be incredibly satisfying though, and now’s a good chance to really dive in and do it.
- Put Your House in Order
Living spaces work similarly to computers in this respect: The more you use one, the more clutter there tends to be. Going through each room (not to mention each drawer, closet, etc.) and finding stuff you no longer need can be a bit tiring, and will take some time. But it’s also an excellent way to gain a sense of accomplishment and even reduce some stress.
- Learn to Play Poker
If you want more of a fun hobby, playing poker can be an excellent way to have a bit of fun and keep your mind sharp. Learning the game is not particularly hard; you can start by mastering common poker terms like the “flop,” “river,” and assorted other phrases you’ve probably heard in the movies. Then move on to the basic rules and strategies, and before you know it you’ll be able to hold your own (whether at home or online), and you’ll feel mentally stimulated doing it.
- Master Chess
If you don’t happen to be interested in cards, chess can provide the same sort of outlet. Here again, it’s pretty easy to learn the basics (terms, how the pieces move, a few opening strategies), and from there you can essentially learn as much as you care to. “Mastering” chess is difficult, but between books, tutorials, and practice you can see improvement in a short time, and find yourself enjoying a new hobby that helps you pass the time.
- Follow a New Podcast
We all miss meeting our friends and having engaging, informal conversations. Following a podcast is a good way to replicate that experience if you’re on your own a little more than you care for. The number of fans listening to podcasts is growing, and the topics are so diverse you will easily find something that matches your interests. As many fans will say, the hosts of great shows almost become friends of a sort.
- Start a YouTube Channel
Throughout your life, you probably have gone through some interesting experiences and acquired different skills. So why not share them with the world? Starting a YouTube channel is free, and it requires only a very basic set-up: just a nice camera (even your phones will do), a comfortable chair, and a simple three-point light set-up. From there you can start broadcasting –– even if it’s just for fun, with a limited audience of subscribers.
- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Finally, keep in mind you can also spend your time doing some good! With awareness about climate change spreading, you’ve probably become aware that there’s plenty you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Beyond recycling and the like, now’s not a bad time to look into installing solar panels, upcycling furniture, installing smart devices that save energy, and the like.
These are only a few ideas you can try at home. We hope some appeal, or if not that they’ve at least get you thinking about some creative ways to pass those extra hours in isolation.