Pick up a New Hobby
From painting to puzzles, more and more people are hopping on the hobby train. Hobbies are anything recreational done in free time for pleasure, and are actually proven to be very good for our mental health and emotional wellbeing! Our hobbies can be a small distraction from the world and alleviate feelings of anxiety or sadness, renewing our mind. When picking a hobby, there is no wrong answer. You can have one or ten, as many as you would like there to be! Let your imagination reach new heights and allow creativity to flow within. Creativity expressed in different ways can be used to create various forms of art, filming and editing videos, drafting a new recipe, improving on a particular sport, and even beginning to plant a garden! The sky is the limit - just have fun in the process and let your hobby be your escape.
With all the madness happing this Spring, it gives us a window of time to physically prepare for summer and renew our minds. We all want that ‘summer bod’ but claim that we don’t have the time due to work and well... life. This is the perfect time to get in the habit of a healthy workout routine! You don’t need a gym or fitness center to stay active. We can do everything from the comfort of our own homes! Our new workout routines can be as simple as a quick walk around the block or as complex as doing hour-long workout videos. The best thing about working out is that it is can be done anywhere at any time. Don’t have weights? Create makeshift weights with a heavy household object, such as textbooks or canned goods. On YouTube (and other streaming sites) workout videos are very accessible, giving classes such as yoga, kickboxing, Zumba, and more - all for free! If you’re feeling really motivated but want to go at your own pace, sign-ups for ‘virtual 5k’s’ can be found online through multiple organizations, plus, they usually benefit a good cause! Every little piece of work you put into being active will show results in the months ahead, and create a healthy routine for your body and mind.
It is important during this time to maintain relationships with our family and friends, whether or not we are quarantining with them. If apart from one another, a good way to express quality time would be to facetime different loved ones nightly. By doing this we are able to stay connected with the events going on in their lives and show that we care even when we are apart. Quality time can also be expressed in person through various aspects. If you're quarantining with family, cooking lunch, dinner, or baking a dessert with your spouse, sibling or a parent is a form of quality time and a memory that will last forever. Another good way to wind down the long nights would be to play family board games - especially for those born with a competitive nature! To spruce things up a bit, the option of a cocktail can be added to these games (under moderation and responsibility, of course). You’ll be sure to end the night in laughter, craving game night weekly!
Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill but didn’t have the time to learn it efficiently? New languages are difficult to learn and take quite some time and effort. There are many tools we can use to execute this new skill properly, such as Duolingo. This app offers 94 different language courses in 23 languages, providing different levels and exercises to help you understand keywords and concepts for the language being learned. Another life skill you can learn that they didn’t teach us in school (fingers crossed that hopefully none of us will need this soon) is how to change a tire! Car troubles always seem to happen when we least expect it, and for those times where the worst is happening, we can be our own rescuer. These skills will be used at some point in life so why not learn now?