An A-Z list of boredom-breaking lockdown hobbies

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Author: Victoria Marie

With lockdown slowly easing, we’re left trying to entertain ourselves within the current rules until we’re allowed to do all of the things we want to do again! Here’s a list of hobbies which are all great ways to pass the time during isolation.

“If you are losing your leisure, look out! – It may be you are losing your soul.”

– Virginia Woolf

 

Art

Now is the time to let out your artistic side. Grab the sketchbook that’s been in your top drawer for the past two years (has it really been that long?). Express yourself with paint and an easel, have fun with colours and acknowledge me for convincing you when you’re the next Van Gogh!

 

BBQ

We can go outside! We can see friends and family! Hoorah! Obviously the two-metre rule still has to be in place but a BBQ? Friends, family, sun, food, booze, all sound brilliant to me! 

 

Cleaning

Do some cleaning. As Spring is ending, now is the time to be doing all of the clean-ups you’ve been putting off. Procrastination is almost impossible right now; you leave it for a week and hope you don’t have time anymore, guess what? You’ve got all the time in the world! Don’t worry, there are loads of procrastination hobbies on this list to help with that!

Driving

Now that drives can be inessential, why not crank up the music and go for a drive along the beach? You could go by yourself or with a member of your household, take some time in the outside world!

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Exercise

Even though gyms are closed, we still need to try and keep ourselves healthy. Go for a bike ride, go for a run or dance around the room, anything to get your heart racing!

 

Fangirling

Wondering how your favourite celebs are coping during lockdown? Just because you can’t attend meet & greets, doesn’t mean you can’t fangirl over their pets and beautiful houses on social media!

 

Gardening

Spend some time outside in the sun around lots of pretty colours and beautiful floral scents. Now’s the time to make your garden look stunning!

 

Hairdressing

As it isn’t currently possible to go to your favourite salon, a lot of people have been trying their own at home hairdressing. A few of the attempts have been… questionable… but why not give it a go yourself? Try cutting, dying and styling; it’s only hair, it’ll grow back!

 

Instagramming

Have a scroll through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms you enjoy. During lockdown you don’t need to feel as guilty about spending the day sitting on your phone reading tweets all day, especially with everything going on in the world!

 

Joking

Tell some jokes – everyone could use a smile during this pandemic. A great go-to for cracking a smile are dad jokes and puns, they’re just egg-cellent!

 

Knitting

Try your hand at knitting, sewing, quilting or anything similar you don’t normally have the time to do. You may just find your new passion!

 

Learning

Learn a new language, take a free online course, expand your brain during lockdown. If you’re in school, then this is the perfect time to get all you’re studying done and jump ahead to prepare for the new year!

 

Music

What kind of music are you listening to during lockdown? I tend to change my music with my mood, although recently I have been tempted into belting out a few bangers. I have a playlist for when I want to chill, one to cheer me up and one which I play when I want to sing my heart out! Before being told to isolate, many of us had so many plans to go to gigs and festivals. These have all – rightly so – been cancelled and postponed, but that doesn’t stop the craving of a room full of people all dancing and singing to our favourite artists! Unfortunately, playing music at home is not the same but it’s a close second! Try having a bar crawl inside your own home by setting up a beverage in each room, going on video call with your friends and showing off your best moves!

 

Netflix

So, the time has finally come. No one can judge us for sitting in bed watching films all day, when we’ve got all the time in the world to binge, even those series we’ve been pushing aside! So, what are you starting with? With Netflix adding new series and movies every month, there’s so much to choose from. IF somehow you manage to complete your list – props to you by the way – then there’s also high popularity in Disney+, Amazon Prime and NOW TV, so get watching!

 

Origami

Origami – that intricate folding of paper into beautiful shapes that never fails to dazzle. In other words, something that takes a lot of time, attention, and dedication (which you’ve never had before). Imagine coming out of lockdown and being able to fold your friends’ bridal napkins into a perfect swan? Now that’s time well spent!

 

Play an Instrument

Have you always wanted to learn how to play a guitar? Have you always thought people who play piano just send you into some kind of trance? Well, I’ve got news for you – now’s the time! All those songs that you’re listening to on repeat right now, why not learn to play them in the way you’ve always dreamed? 

 

Quiet Time

Sometimes, no matter how much you love the hobbies you have, you just need some time doing nothing. Sit outside in silence and be one with nature, just clear your mind and do nothing. 

 

Reading

I’ve always thought of reading as the best way to escape reality and delve into a new world. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with books, and now is the perfect time to open that novel you keep glancing at on your top shelf – yes, that one, do it.

 

Singing

Singing is a great way to make yourself happy and forget the current events of the world. Whether you have little talent or a lot, have a singsong and dance around like you’re the only person within a 50-mile radius! (I like to sing at the top of my lungs even though I’m a terrible singer… Apologies to my family…)

 

Talking

Luckily, we live in an age in which a global pandemic does not mean the end of communication with loved ones. We can text, email, call, FaceTime, practically anything besides project a lifelike hologram in someone’s house (one day…). Don’t let the people you love feel alone – it’s so easy to communicate, even without the physical affection that everyone is missing!

 

Uno

So, two or more people are stuck in your house with nothing to do – Idea? Card games! Uno has always been one most people of all ages enjoy. Besides card games you could also sit with your family and play a board game! Hopefully you’re all strong enough to get through the animosity a competitive sibling can cause (if not maybe just a game of solitaire) … If you’re not able to be with your family in this time you can always download an app for each board game and play virtually!

 

Ventriloquism

Have you ever wanted to try something new but never had the time? Well now you do! You can discover your love of ventriloquism as well as other unknown talents. Have a go with the impressions you’ve always fancied attempting and have some fun!

 

Writing

Whatever came of that romance novel you started writing back in college? Do you remember the names of your main characters? Most great writers experience writers block, this is the time to just sit with a notepad and let your ideas grow. Try writing up a guide to teach someone how to play an instrument or how to fold a napkin into a swan to get your creative juices flowing!

 

Xbox

Gaming by yourself or with your friends is a great way to pass the time during lockdown. Jump on your Xbox, PS, Nintendo or any device you may have and fall into a virtual world where nobody has ever heard of Covid-19!

 

Yoga

Ommmmmm. Become at peace with yourself and practice some Yoga or even Pilates – these activities are great for your mind, body, and soul. Chill out and find your inner zen!

 

Zzz’s

My favourite lockdown hobby is catching some Z’s. After all of these activities you need some time to just relax and take the naps you’ve been craving since you were a child. The best part is that no one can stop you!

 

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