Covid-19 has changed the world we live in. Staying at home and practicing social distancing has become an urgent necessity. However, an increased time indoors and being around fewer people is not necessarily a negative. Instead, this new way of life presents us with an opportunity to refresh, re-set and challenge our minds. Today we present you with 5 unusual indoor hobbies to start during lockdown!
Cultivate an Indoor Herb Garden
Gardening can be extremely therapeutic and is not restricted to the outdoors. There are several herbs you can grow indoors, all year-round. Enjoy the fruits of your labour by using your home-grown herbs in your cooking. This blog from Good Housekeeping explains how to transform your kitchen windowsill.
Substitute Pub Visits with Home-Brewed Beer
Pubs and bars have been shut for the indefinite future, but do not despair! Instead use this time to learn unusual hobbies which will endlessly impress friends. Brewing your own beer will keep your mind active and your belly warm. And it may not be as expensive or difficult as you may think, as explained in The Simple Dollar blog. We also recommend How To Brew by John Palmer for those who want to master beer-making.
Immerse Yourself in Foreign Culture with Online Spanish Lessons
Learning a foreign language opens new doors and starts new adventures. Use your time indoors to learn Spanish – one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with it being the official language of 21 countries.
At Spanish Marks, we connect you to our highly experienced tutors from Guatemala, through online classrooms where you can see and speak to each other. It is just like a real classroom with the benefit of learning from home at any time that suits you. What’s more, the first lesson is completely free! Find out more about our Spanish lessons here.
Transform Unwanted Household Items by Upcycling
Now has never been a better time to do a spring clean. Instead of throwing away household junk, why not re-purpose it into household treasure! For inspiration, we recommend the blog Upcycle That which has a multitude of creative upcycle ideas.
Escape in Literature Through Online Book Clubs
Join an online book club where you can meet new people with shared interests of literature. Online platforms like Zoom and Google Hangouts allow us to continue connecting with people, despite not being in the same room. Several online book clubs are available and these are a few of our favourite:
- The Rumpus Book Club: get sent a new, unreleased book every month for your reading pleasure. You’re then invited to hop online for a discussion with the author.
- Spanish Marks Book Club: Once a month, we discuss contemporary and classic books in Spanish. It is an event for those who love literature and also want to practice their Spanish conversation. The group size is kept small so that everyone has a chance to participate.
- Reese’s Book Club: Every month, Reese Witherspoon picks one book she loves with a woman at the center of the story and shares it with her book club.
We hope our unusual indoor hobbies will help to brighten up your time indoors!
Keep safe everyone and positive 🙂