Staying home is more necessary than ever at this time in light of the coronavirus pandemic. In some states, it is even required by law. And while you may understand that isolating yourself is important to stopping the spread of the virus, you may also be wondering: what the heck am I supposed to do for the next few weeks.
The easy answer? Start a new hobby! To help you get inspired, the NerdBear page analyzed recent Google search trends to find the 15 most popular hobbies (in America) right now, from doing yoga to learning a new language. Below are the results along with our tips for getting started with each one.
Being stuck at home is the perfect excuse to watch all your favorite shows or movies. While Netflix and Hulu are popular picks, of course, people have also recently become obsessed with Disney +, and for good reason. You can choose any Disney movie you want (including Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and animated classics) and since there are no R-rated movies, all the content is completely familiar.
Whether your pick is an e-book, an audiobook, or a physical paperback, it’s a great way to pass the time. One of the favorite e-readers by the millions is the Kindle Paperwhite, because it has 24 levels of illumination to read anytime anywhere and has the largest storage capacity of any model.
Can’t you go to the gym? Bring the gym to you. That’s what many people are doing, with the help of home workout essentials like weights, resistance bands , a Pilates rings, and more. And while you can find many free videos on YouTube, you can also subscribe to online services like ClassPass or Alo Moves, which offer virtual classes led by expert instructors.
There is something about doing arts and crafts that makes us feel like children again. And there are so many projects to choose from. Maybe you’re learning to knit or taking a class in watercolor painting online at Brit.co. Or maybe you can just grab some markers and fill in the pages of an adult coloring book like the ever-popular Secret Garden, which features beautiful hand-drawn images.
If you’re quarantined with friends, family, or roommates, challenge everyone to a little friendly competition with a board game tournament. While you can stick with the classics (Monopoly?), There are also tons of new games that are worth checking out. Some of the most popular group games include Code Names, Exploding Kittens, and What Do You Meme. Even if you live alone, you can get creative and host a game night via Zoom or FaceTime with your friends and family.
How about all those projects that you see on Pinterest but “never have time”? Well now that you are home 24/7, you have it. Whether it’s something as fun as making a wine rack or as practical as painting your living room a new color. What if your project requires basic tools? We recommend a multitool like this Gerber, which has screwdrivers, a ruler, and more all in one.
Not only is it healthy to do some physical movement every day, but yoga can also help relieve stress and channel your inner Zen.
If you’ve been on Instagram in the last week, chances are you’ve been bombarded with photos of homemade bread, muffins, cakes, and more. It seems like everyone is baking these days, and can you blame them? Spending time in the kitchen making that recipe you’ve been drooling over isn’t just fun, it’s productive (and delicious!). Some of our favorite baking tools include this nonstick baking sheet (a must for perfectly browned cookies), this loaf pan (hello, banana bread), and this wooden rolling pin. And of course, if you’re looking to splurge a little, you can’t beat KitchenAid’s beloved stand mixer.
Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t get out. One way to spend more time outdoors is by gardening, which you can even learn through an online workshop. And if you don’t have a yard (that is, if you live in an apartment or in the city), you can still garden indoors. Consider buying some houseplants, we like The Sill for this! Or grow your own herb garden with a starter kit like this one.
There’s a reason so many people are obsessed with gaming, especially right now: it’s fun, challenging yet entertaining, and an amazing way to socialize with long-distance friends. Whether you have an Xbox, Nintendo Switch, or other gaming console (or are a PC Gamer), you can purchase games and download them to play instantly.
Starting your day with 15 minutes of meditation can change your life. Or at least improve your mood and mindset. You can use the popular Headspace app. It has hundreds of guided meditations that start from just two minutes in length, including Wake Up Mode for the morning and Mindful Moments for quick reminders throughout the day.
While it’s great to sit down and read a book, you can listen to audiobooks and podcasts when doing things that require your hands, like cleaning the house, walking, or cooking dinner. For those cases, Audible is the platform par excellence. It’s the largest library of audiobooks, with thousands of readings from fiction to self-improvement books and everything in between. Plus, you can listen to Audible on almost any device, and if you’re a Prime member, you get two free books as soon as you sign up.
It doesn’t matter if you’re writing in a journal, a blog about what you ate today, or the next novel to top the bestseller list – writing not only keeps your brain busy but also increases your creativity. Start with something simple, get yourself some nice gel pens, which write smoother than any other pen you’ve ever owned and come in a rainbow of colors. Or this cute notebook, and jot down everything from your daily to-do list to notes for your own novel.
No matter what language you want to add to your arsenal, there are a host of online lessons, videos, and apps to help you out. While the classic Rosetta Stone is still as popular as ever (you can try it free for a week!), There are also free apps like Duolingo and Babbel that provide thousands of expert language lessons on everything from vocabulary to grammar to pronunciation.
Why settle for listening to music when you could create it? I mean, you’ve always wanted to learn to play the guitar, the piano, or the ukulele. As the NIKE catchphrase goes: Just do it. You can find many free tutorials and lessons on YouTube, or if guitar is your instrument of choice, sign up for Fender Play. The popular guitar company currently offers a free three months of its app, which has easy-to-follow lessons taught by expert musicians.
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