Free time? Bust the Boredom with Hobbies at Home

Apr/05/2020 / by Jordana Weiss

Your new stay-at-home schedule may mean more down time.  What to do when you’ve had your fill of Netflix, Hulu and Zooming?  Think big about exploring a new hobby, using supplies in your home or just a delivery away. Hobbies can give you a new way to express yourself, as well as valuable skills that will last long after your quarantine ends. Here are some resources to get you started on some of our favorite indoor hobbies.

Knitting

Knitting isn’t just for grandmas anymore. If you’ve ever wanted to fashion and customize your wardrobe with warm and cozy accessories, knitting is a great way to do that.  Abundant tutorials are online or on YouTube, and you can start with simple stitches as you build your skills. 

Many yarn stores are closed to foot traffic now, but many are offering curbside pickup, or you can order online. Get started with inspiration and patterns on Ravelry, the exclusive social media site for knitters and crocheters.

Indoor Gardening

A good to walk outside is a great way to enjoy the change of seasons, if you’re healthy and it’s safe for you to do so. But you can also enjoy the real benefits of bringing the outdoors inside. Immersion in nature has real, proven health benefits, and bringing greenery into your living space can help build a calm, personalized home. Consider buying forced spring bulbs, like paper white narcissus, that are ready to grow into blooms with a bit of water and sunshine. For plants that can withstand any black thumb, or one that needs a bit more love and care, sites like Bloomscape are happy to ship.  Consider growing herbs inside to benefit you pantry in a few weeks.

Drawing + Journaling

Drawing and journaling let you express your emotions with a pen. Many people find it therapeutic to sketch, color, or journal in a blank notebook. Turn off social media, ignore distractions, and center yourself with these activities to can cope with chaos. 

If you want to build your skills, plenty of free or affordable online drawing classes are waiting for you on sites like Skillshareor Udemy. Getting into journaling requires only your time, and you can use your computer or phone, to simply jot down how you’re feeling in the moment.  

Coding

If you’ve never explored the world of coding and web development, there’s never been a better time. Not only is it an interesting hobby, but it’s also a valuable skill in today’s job market. If you’re ready to take the leap, you can sign up for a free online class through sites like Codeacademy or Coursera. They’ll run you through the basics, and quiz you on your newfound skills.

Did you pick up a new hobby lately? Connect with us and let us know on our SEEMA Network instagram, twitter and facebook social channels. Who knows? It might even get picked to be showcased during one of our Friday SEEMA Virtual Happy Hours!