New hobbies to try during quarantine

It has officially been one month without school, and if you are like me, you have been bored for about three weeks. With the excessive amount of time we have, it seems like there is nothing to do. What better time to try a new hobby than right now.

Learn how to bake

This one is my personal favorite. Since we have been out of school, I have constantly been baking. It was a hobby that I enjoyed during middle school, and it is keeping me occupied during quarantine.

And this doesn’t have to be a solo hobby either. Invite a few friends over, just try to obey social distancing, and have a baking competition. I did this with my two best friends, and we made COVID-19 themed cakes.

Baking is pretty simple, but it can easily occupy your mind for a few hours. If you can, go to the store and buy cookie mix or cake batter. If you can’t go to the store, there are many recipes online that use what you already have in your pantry.

Learn how to paint/draw

Although I’m not an expert on art, I do know that painting and drawing can be therapeutic and calming. Art is something anyone can do, so don’t worry about being horrible at first. With more practice, which we have a lot of time to do, you could find that you are good at something you never wanted to try.

I recommend going to Pinterest if you are having trouble thinking of what to draw. This link also has some easy drawing ideas.

Some easy drawing ideas to try.

The next time you feel like there is nothing to do, pick up some paints or colored pencils and draw the first thing that comes to your mind.

Try a new workout

Whether it’s yoga or just walking your dog, it never hurts to be active. There are hundreds of different workouts on YouTube to try every day. Choose one and do it in your room, or you can even get your entire family involved. This link has 19 YouTube workout channels to follow.

19 YouTube workout channels that you should follow.

If you don’t want to do a YouTube workout, go on a walk with your family. You are being active while getting needed fresh air and sunlight.

Learn a new language

At the beginning of quarantine, I asked one of my friends for recommendations of things to do when I am bored. Along with a list of things to do, he recommended trying to learn a new language.

If there was always a language that you wished you spoke, now is a great time to become fluent. Duolingo is an amazing app that helps you learn languages. You can learn more common languages like Spanish and French, or you could learn Dutch, Welsh, Greek, or even Czech.

It is a good way to accomplish a goal your childhood or just keep your mind occupied.

Find a new series to watch on Netflix

Even though this is definitely not the most productive hobby, it never hurts to find a new show to enjoy. Search Netflix and find a show that you have never seen before and press play.

I am currently watching The Vampire Diaries, and I just finished season two of Legacies. Personally, I recommend The Society, Dynasty, All-American, and On My Block.

If you can’t find something you want to watch, ask for recommendations from a friend. No matter what you decide to do, try something new! We have nothing but time.

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