So, lockdown is still happening. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to wear shoes for more than ten minutes at a time, and can’ t remember when I last put make-up on. I’ve also got more free time than I’ve ever had in my recent history, and have explored many avenues to stop myself from spontaneously combusting from boredom. If you, like me, are going through a bit of a crisis as to what to do with all of this new-found time, why not give the ideas below a bit of a gander? What else have you got going on?
Arts & Crafts
Just a caveat to this: I am not someone that is good at art in any way. I can’t draw, or paint, or sculpt, and most of the time I’m okay with that. Except now. My social media feeds are frequented with macrame-d plant holders and embroidered t-shirts, and I’m jealous. Which may be why I’ve been researching paint-by-numbers kits for the past few weeks.
Kits can be super, super helpful in getting you to explore crafts that you may not be totally familiar with. Wanna get into cross-stitch? Why not go for a kit to get you started before diving into the deep end? Trying out calligraphy? Invest in a journal to keep yourself motivated. Looking to start embroidering? Online tutorials are a great way to dip your toe in without investing too much.
It’s also very easy for you to set up a small side business if you get extremely good at your hobby. If you’re a creative person, it’s easy enough to come up with designs, buy a heat press machine and print t-shirts. Or set up an Etsy store where you can sell your knitted goods. Or post your art on Instagram and let people commission you for your work. What may start as a lockdown hobby could turn into a career you’re passionate about.
I never expected that it’d take a global pandemic for me to finally attempt to learn to cook, but here we are. Lockdown has made me miss restaurants more than I thought possible. But no fear! It’s totally possible to replicate your favourite dishes at home. Pret have published the recipe to their infamous dark chocolate chip cookies. Nando’s are selling at-home meal kits. Wagamama have released a cookbook, so there’s nothing between you and your usual ramen order. Once you start to get the hang of making things from scratch, who knows – maybe you’ll find a new love for the culinary arts! Or maybe it’ll just make you appreciate take-out more. Either way, it’s worth a shot.
Just because we can’t go outside all that often doesn’t mean that we can’t appreciate nature. If you don’t have a garden, or just want to spruce up your interior a little, horticulture might be the avenue for you! Caring for my houseplants has become a vital part of my week. It’s also lead to a very Instagram-worthy windowsill. Elm are selling house-plant mystery boxes if you’re just starting out. You could plant a bonsai tree or a ZZ plant (the latter of whom are infamously difficult to kill).
Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s got the sudden urge to become a pro roller skater during lockdown. Just look at these roller-skates! Tell me they’re not the coolest things you’ve ever seen. Be it skating, jogging, yoga, or something way more obscure, a lot of people are turning to sport to keep boredom at bay during lockdown. And why not give it a go? You’ve got all the time in the world to find your niche in the realm of exercise. Go for that run! Try out those stretches! Buy that standing desk balance board (and then tell me what it’s like please because it looks awesome).