The global pandemic isn’t over, which means that the best thing you could do to stay safe is to stay home and keep yourself as healthy as possible. If you spend the majority of your time outside your home, you may be wondering how should spend your spare time or downtime.
Rather than while away your time checking the coronavirus news on social media (which can negatively affect your mental health), you’re better off trying something new and different at home. Hobbies are an excellent way to keep your mind and body healthy. It’s also an enjoyable way to make the most of your time.
Here are nine fun, indoor hobbies you could do to stay engaged:
- Make Greeting Cards
Creating personalized, homemade greeting cards for your friends and family can be an enjoyable activity. When you design a card, you have full control over the appearance and sentiment, so that it can deliver the right message.
Rather than buy a greeting card from the shelf, you should order monthly craft kits and make cards of your own. Creating these homemade gifts show just how much you care about the recipient.
- Take Online Classes or Courses
If you’ve always wanted to pick up a new skill or increase your knowledge, now’s a good time to study again. The great thing about online courses or classes is that you can learn on your own schedule. Start by going to massive open online course providers, such as Udemy and Skillshare. These websites have thousands of curated and tailored courses to satisfy a wide variety of interests and skills.
- Care for Indoor Plants
If you like gardening outdoors, you’ll most likely love the idea of caring for indoor plants, as well. The beauty of indoor gardening is that you aren’t restricted by the weather.
The plant world has so many varieties that flourish in indoor environments. You could start with potted flowers, succulents and hanging plants. If you’re looking for low-maintenance plants that you can care for inside your home, a few of your choices are snake plant, rabbit’s ear, spider plant and umbrella tree.
- Create a Scrapbook
Scrapbooking is an indoor hobby that allows you to remember the good moments of your life, including the ones before the pandemic. Start by gathering postcards, keepsakes, photos and other items. These can be anything memorable, such as souvenirs from your overseas vacation, graduation photos, and wedding pictures. Then, add them to your scrapbook for safekeeping.
- Make Candles
When the electricity goes out (and you unfortunately forgot to charge your phone and flashlight), two of the things you grab from your drawer are candles and a matchbox. You can make candles in whatever size and shape you want at home. You could also be fancy and make scented candles that can change the ambiance of your living space. Whatever you go with, this project will surely prevent you from getting bored.
- Rearrange Furniture
Tired of seeing the same layout and design in your living room? Enlist the help of the people in your household and try moving furniture around the home office, kitchen, living room and bedroom to make your interior feel different. You can keep your house from looking boring by rearranging the stuff in your home at least once a month.
- Draw Mandalas
A mandala is a circular and intricate pattern that comes from the East as a spiritual symbol. At first glance, this pattern may look intimidating to draw, but don’t need to be an artist to create this particular piece of artwork. Go on YouTube or check out some tutorials on the web to learn how you could create beautiful mandala patterns.
- Do Origami
During your free time, consider allotting a schedule for origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. You could create beautiful sculptures out of folding paper, such as a bird, a flower and a boat.
According to Japanese tradition, you’ll have an opportunity to make one special wish one true when you’re able to fold a whopping one thousand paper cranes. Even if you don’t believe in the folklore, why not take up this challenge for fun? This will surely kill your boredom. What’s more, you could place your best origami creations in your living room for everyone to see.
- Create a Bucket List
What do you plan to do once the pandemic subsides? Consider creating a bucket list with a partner, a family member or friends. Nothing beats time spent taking note of all the things you’d like to do in life.
Pro-tip: when making this list, set realistic dates and think about budgeting to save up for certain activities. If you’re thinking of traveling to South America in 2022, for instance, you’ll need to come up with a savings plan to help you achieve this goal.
Don’t allow the pandemic to bum you out or make you feel bored. Pursue these indoor hobbies to help you spend your time wisely at home.