Lockdowns aren’t as common nowadays as in 2020, as more people are getting vaccinated and borders are opening. However, many of us still spend most of our time indoors due to remote working arrangements, enforced quarantine, or just getting used to it.
Spending most of one’s time indoors could be difficult at first, especially for those with an Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling and Perceiving or ENFP personality. Staying in is not as fun for them as for those with an Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging or INFJ personality. As they thrive on other people’s energy, not going out can be quite a stretch for them.
But taking some time indoors can be quite enjoyable, no matter your personality type. The next time you’re feeling a bit of cabin fever, try out some of these fun hobbies. Who knows, you might find your next favorite thing from this list!
Near the start of the first lockdown, so many people picked up baking as a hobby that supermarkets reported a shortage of flour and yeast. You probably won’t run into the same problem these days, but baking would still be just as fun.
Baking is a versatile skill to learn. You can make a wide range of goodies, from freshly-baked bread and pastries to sweet treats. Not only will you know your way around an oven, but you also get to eat your creations. Nothing could be better than that!
Another kitchen-adjacent hobby, cooking, is another excellent way to spend your time during quarantine. There are tons of free recipes you can find online and recreate in your kitchen. You can even experiment with your ingredients and create your own recipes when you feel confident!
Much like baking, this is another hobby your tummy and your family would thank you for. You might not be able to go out to eat, but your cooking skills could take you all across the globe.
3. Online Gaming
Why not give online gaming a shot if you love exploring online worlds? Avid gamers might already be doing this in quarantine, but the community is also open to newbies.
Playing video games has been shown to give health, learning, and social benefits. Although being in quarantine could feel rather lonely, online gaming helps you connect to a community and make new friends.
Candles are a small and inexpensive way to brighten up any room, provided you follow fire safety protocol. Scented candles are even better, as you can use them to set the mood and help you relax.
Instead of buying candles, why not try making your own? Candlemaking kits are inexpensive, and the process is also quite simple.
Making your own candles also opens up so many possibilities when it comes to scent combinations, so you can make something perfectly tailored to you or the person you’re making it for.
5. Knitting and Crocheting
Needlework techniques such as knitting and crocheting also increased in popularity during the pandemic. Depending on the project, crocheting and knitting patterns can be simple and repetitive or complex and creative, making them perfect for passing the time.
There are thousands of patterns out there with different degrees of complexity, so you can find something that fits your skill level.
These hobbies also churn out cute clothes, accessories, and home decorations. They’re perfect for building up your wardrobe or for giving away as gifts.
The alone time you get during quarantine is the perfect time to reflect or get creative. Journaling is a simple, inexpensive way to do this. You only need a pen and some paper to get started!
Whether you’re a visual artist or a writer, journaling helps you practice your creativity and process your thoughts and ideas. Keep this practice up, and you’ll have something to look back on down the line.
7. Doing Yoga
Your favorite gym or yoga studio might have closed down due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can no longer practice this ancient art. Even if you’re new to it, you can find several free resources online to help you get started.
Yoga is a great way to incorporate movement into your daily routine. But aside from its physical benefits, it also helps you practice meditation and develop mindfulness that you can use to manage pandemic stress and anxiety.
A global pandemic is no easy thing to get through, and many of us have struggled in one way or another. We hope these hobbies can help bring a bit of light into your lives in these uncertain times.