Our Top 5 Fun (& Easy) Hobbies to Pick up During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our Top 5 Fun (& Easy) Hobbies to Pick up During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cara Chatellier

As we enter what feels like day one million of a global pandemic, the itch to escape and do things like you used to keep ballooning. We miss the basic day to day adventures we used to be able to enjoy without worry, from a morning coffee shop trip with a coworker to a jam-packed yoga class after work. Things have changed dramatically over the past year, for safety’s sake, but it doesn’t mean you need to get rid of all the fun and wonderful things in your life. Instead, try picking up a new hobby that is easy and enjoyable for you, whether you’re actively stuck in quarantine or just practicing safe social distancing.


Hone in on your chef skills

Have you noticed that baking bread has become all the rage during quarantine? Whether you’re an amateur baker or a 5 star chef, honing in on your baking and cooking skills is a fun and delicious way to try something new this year. Pick up a cookbook in your favorite style of cuisine and try out a new recipe once or twice a week to start. If you realize that cooking is your hidden talent and lifelong passion, indulge more often and create meals that you enjoy and can share with others in your household. Some of our top ideas for beginners include: cookies, one pan pasta, instant pot meals or crock pot classics. Don’t forget to snap a shot of your delicious creation to share with your family and friends on social media.{Pssst… check out this recipe journal to store all your faves!}


Learn a new language

With all the extra time at home it can feel like such a drag to spend your free time binge watching that same series over and over or reading through all the books in your bookshelf for the second time. Although scrolling through social media can definitely pass the time, it gets mundane pretty quickly, so why not make the most of what the digital world has to offer by enrolling in a language class? If you find yourself wishing you were in the South of France or on a tropical island in the Caribbean, maybe it's time to get a leg up on your future getaway. Learning a language can be an exciting new outlet and experience for you. Consider using a program that is self-paced so you can choose when and how you learn your next language. Once you finish the program, celebrate by sharing with your family and friends and consider scheduling a video chat with someone who also speaks the same language. This will help you practice your newly acquired skills and test your knowledge.


Start scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is one of those things that we love the results of, but never seem to find time to complete, right? Now is the perfect time to dive into creating the scrapbooks of your dreams. From wedding themed to one for each of your children’s milestones, the decisions on what to focus on are quite endless. If you keep most of your photos digitally, consider putting together albums on your phone, based on person or theme, to print via a printing mail service like Shutterfly or TinyPrints. The costs to print are inexpensive and don’t take too long to get to you. If you want to avoid the wait, consider printing them right from home. Pick up stickers, decals and accessories for each book that match your theme and spend some time each day letting your creative side flow. You can use these as a personal memento or a gift for others. If you decide to gift it, consider going the non-traditional route with gift wrapping and choose a personalized tote to enclose it prior to sending. This is the type of gift that will keep on giving for years to come. 


Try yoga for a better mind body connection

We could all benefit from a little bit of namaste right now all thanks to the stress and anxiety that COVID has put on our mental and emotional health. You’re not alone if you’re feeling less than wonderful these days. Instead of focusing a lot of times on what's happening in the outside world, focus more on ways to stay safe, happy and healthy. Yoga is the perfect way to balance your mental and physical health. Whether you’re a pro or a newbie, yoga can be beneficial to you. Not only does yoga help you sleep better and feel more relaxed, it also can improve your strength, balance and overall flexibility. The cost for this new hobby is low as you can find an inexpensive yoga mat at a local retail store and free yoga videos for all levels online. 


Explore your inner artist

There is no better time to delve deeper inside of yourself to discover your inner (and sometimes hidden) talents. Have you ever wondered about your own artistic ability while pursuing an art gallery, museum or even online graphic design masterpieces? Now is the time to find out what you can do. Art can act as a wonderful therapy to boost your mood, explore a new facet of life and connect deeper with things that matter to you. 


Some of our favorite ways to tap into our creative side are:

  • Watercolor painting
  • Quilting 
  • Knitting
  • Puzzle construction 
  • Clay pottery creations
  • Download a free photo editing app and try out your own graphic design skills.
  • Photography in your local area or at your home
  • Stained glass kits
  • Jewelry making 


Although we are living in unprecedented times, there are still ways to try new things and explore different facets of our lives to live more richly daily. Whether you become an avid yogi or an amateur photographer, there are numerous outlets to tap into this year that will allow you to try hobbies. Focus on staying safe and healthy this year, while also finding ways to have fun and fulfillment amongst the chaos of every day.