Four creative hobbies to cheer yourself up while staying at home

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So lockdown has forced most of us to stay at home and if you are struggling to find a new hobby then I have got you covered. Lockdown shouldn’t be a time to put extra pressure on yourself, so pursuing your hobbies and interests can be a good way to escape from the boredom of staying at home.

My social feed is buzzing with activities people are trying while staying at home and I am just covering a few of them today with some interesting variations. So let’s begin…

Cooking

Unconventional Way:

No seriously…Go ahead and watch it if you haven’t yet…

Painting

Unconventional way:

Image source: Abhini Shetye

Photography

Unconventional way:

Google photo scan app

Origami

Unconventional way:

3d Origami Penguin

I am pretty sure you will find it interesting to watch too, so watch it till the end if you haven’t yet 😄

Learn from a new online course

Unconventional way:

Before I sign off I would like to stress on another point which is…
You don’t have to be good at art to benefit from an artistic hobby

I would like to quote Author and Columbia University law professor Tim Wu who says

“Lost here is the gentle pursuit of a modest competence, the doing of something just because you enjoy it, not because you are good at it. As a result, we’re missing out on the benefits that leisure activities can deliver — like making us more creative, happy, calm, and empathetic. Even more benefits emerge when it comes to hobbies that involve the arts.”

Research studies have shown that expressing ourselves through art can help to ease a wide range of illnesses and afflictions, from anxiety and depression to dementia and even cancer. Also, making art, or pursuing hobbies can make us feel happier and more relaxed.

So start something today if you haven’t yet probably on weekends or just an hour each day where you are not working seriously but working on improving your inner self through the pursuit of something which you find deeply interesting and meaningful.

Side note: Donate to charities in these hard times

The current pandemic has impacted quite a lot of businesses and employment rates have dwindled along the way. But the most brunt and struggle is borne by people from lower-income groups. So if you are one of the lucky few who is still earning decently and your income is not impacted by the current situation then please consider donating a part of your monthly salary to local or national charities who are actively working to help and feed people from lower-income groups.

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Disclaimer: All the apps mentioned in this article(PhotoScan, Duolingo, Yousician) are used by me personally and I mentioned them because I really liked them. I am in no way affiliated or promoting them for any kind of commercial gains.

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