The past few months have somewhat forced us to find more things to do with our spare time.Netflix and Hulu can take up some time, but it’s not healthy to stare at a screen all day. I’ve started making crafts again, mainly for the kids, plus one that will be a wedding present in early October. I’m even working on my cooking skills and my smoke detector is getting a break.
I Got A Little…A LOT Bored
Unlike most people, my work doesn’t close. I work part time at a sober living facility in Indiana (about 30 minutes from home) as a behavioral health technician. I work 4 days a week, so I still have time to do other things. In the beginning of the pandemic, I watched a TON of Netflix. “Breaking Bad” took less than a week to finish. I even did Netflix Review: “Tiger King” . It’s complete trash to watch but so hilarious. I also read a few books, cleaned my house and played with the cats. I wanted to do something at least somewhat productive. The kids were in school online and I felt the need to create things.
Clearly, these were made for Lily. The pink box is for earrings and other small things. It was supposed to be a pencil box, but I ordered the wrong size. The letters sit on top of her cube set. I also bought a piece of art from a friend and it hangs on her wall. Lily went to some art classes and her work hangs in her room.
We will not discuss how much I spent shopping online.
Hobbies are important, they give us an outlet to express ourselves and have fun while doing it.
Besides crafting, coloring and writing, I have also started small doodles. I like to draw but don’t always know what I want to draw, so I went on Pinterest to get ideas. I have a section on my “Creative Things” board of ideas. I already have a sketchbook. Matthew got me a drawing set for our 15th wedding anniversary on 9/10/20. My sketches aren’t always the best, but I enjoy it.
I still do yoga most days, even if it’s only 10 minutes. It helps with stiffness and it’s good for you. The yoga studio that I went to Yoga for Recovery for has reopened, but I don’t think they are bringing that class back. I’m not sure yet whether I want to try another class there or try a different studio.
Need Some Ideas?
I highly suggest Pinterest as a good place to start. It’s full of ideas that can get you started on a new hobby.
Some hobbies include:
- puzzles (this requires a lot of patience and time, neither of which I possess)
- painting (walls, pictures, whatever sounds good)
- baking/cooking (I can get the minimum done cooking wise, but baking? Nope.)
- clothing construction (fancy wording for making clothes for yourself and/or other people) or tailoring (hems, buttons, zippers, etc)
- exercise (this has no real limit, try something new or get more into something you currently enjoy)
- writing (writing in a journal, poetry, short novels, blogging..)
- mental wellness (meditation, self-care, therapy)
- playing cards/games (online or in person with a select few people)
- online watch parties or just watching movies/TV on your own
- reading (old faves, new books you are excited about, a whole different genre/author)
- making a pandemic time capsule (newspapers, pics, small items, etc)
- finally finishing that baby book (I may get to this one at some point, but not today) or other projects
- home improvement (repairs, painting, new sheets/towels, etc)
- try something new (podcasts, clothes, food, etc)
- helping others however you can (I can’t do the AFSP walk this year, but I will do the virtual version)
Most of these activities are free or cheap. I would check with stores, organizations, and libraries for your specific needs. Some libraries are starting to open up, slowly. The library system in Louisville offers curbside services for pickup after you reserve books online, for example. I’m a huge fan. There are inexpensive ways to do almost everything on this list.
We are all in this together, no matter where we are. Stay safe and try to have fun.