New Hobbies To Try During Covid
Covid has given people a lot of time to think about things in their life. Things to do, things to leave behind and new ideas to try. Bored with what you are doing at home? Have you cleaned and sorted everything that can be cleaned and sorted? Do you need something else to occupy your time? Are your kids homeschooling and you need something other than reading for them to do? Here are 10 new hobbies to try:
- ART. Art is an all encompassing area for you to start to learn about. You can study various artists, schools of art or techniques. In addition to learning about art you can include art in your travel, you can go to various museums, art galleries, and out outdoor exhibits. If you would like to be more hands on about your art you can take classes or look online for how to do various types of art. Some types of art to try are: pottery, carving/sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, and stained glass.
- CRAFTS. Any list with art on it would be incomplete without crafts right next to it. Often art and crafts can overlap with each other. Some crafts to try are: dioramas, sewing, scrap booking, making models, jewelry, mosaics, calligraphy, origami, quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, crochet, knitting, and more.
- BIRD WATCHING. There are not a lot of subcategories in bird watching. You either do it or you don’t. I recommend starting out small. Put up a feeder in your yard. Get a book on local birds. Then you can advance your yard set up or go looking for birds out in the field. You may also wish to see if there are any local bird watching groups you can join. Check out Facebook or Meet Up.
- Party Plan. Does someone you know have a milestone birthday coming up? How about a wedding anniversary or retirement? Then give party planning a try. Think of themes or fun decorations you could use. Look at Pinterest for ideas. Maybe you could even make a career out of it.
- Plants. Do you garden? You can build a garden in your yard or, use containers, get an allotment, etc. You can also work with plants indoors. Try things like terrariums, fairy gardens, potted plants, bonsai, flower pressing, even seed art!
- Exercise/Movement. You don’t have to work out to move. Try lifelong sports like archery, swimming, golf, hiking, fishing, yoga,tennis, martial arts, Tai Chi, biking, camping, fencing, walking, dancing, lifting weights or doing Pilates.
- Games. Online games and apps have really taken off during Covid 19. In addition to online games or video games you can do fantasy board games,regular board games, card games, chess, or darts.
- Writing. Writing is a great way to pass the time. You can do it almost anytime or anywhere. You can write in a journal. You can write short stories or essays. Jot down the family history, write fan fiction about you favorite tv shows or fictional characters, blog, write poetry, or write letters to pen pals or family. There are even letter writing initiatives for cancer patients and servicemen to receive mail. You may wish to share your work. There are magazines, blogs, anthologies, poetry slams and others to help you get your story out. Maybe you can write the next best seller.
- People. Okay, hobbies with people are on hold for awhile due to the pandemic. At some point in the future we will return to our everyday lives as they were before. Right now you can investigate which person oriented hobby you are interested in. Some ideas include: book clubs, reenactments, geocaching, volunteering, theater, musical groups, choir, instrument lessons, dog training, or church activities.
- Miscellaneous. There are some hobbies that could have fit into the above categories but I thought were unusual enough to include in this miscellaneous section. Some of these hobbies include, doing word searches, soduku, decoupage, restore/build doll houses, collecting, macrame, paper quilling, paper mache, shadow boxes, miniatures, die cuts, architecture, astronomy, cooking, decorating, exploring, watching old TV and films, travel, sleeping, reading, coloring books, up-cycling, canning, soap making, candle making, bath products, floral arrangement, baking, genealogy, meditation, learn a language, and crossword puzzles.
Did you see any you like? Mind you this is not even a complete list. I’m sure there are a few you can add. I tried to include things you could do alone or with your immediate family. Others can be done with the public at large. I realize those will have to wait, but you can research them to be ready to go when the time comes. How have you been passing the time during the pandemic?