Popular Quarantine Hobbies to Enjoy
We didn’t have a chance to prepare for quarantine, so how did you find yourself spending your time? While practicing socially distant measures and feeling time free up around work or throughout the day, our fidgeting bodies needed something to occupy the space in our minds. Did you find yourself in bed with your favorite book, or do you sway the other direction and prefer to watch an alternate reality? See if your newly found hobby fits with the most popular quarantine hobbies.
With our world currently feeling slightly like a sci-fi novel, it was bittersweet to return to your reading list you’ve been putting off or finding an old classic in your bookcase to lose yourself in the pages. And with less rigid work schedules, allowing yourself to use your book light and read deep into the night was no longer just a weekend love affair. 2020 has already given us enough reasons to want to escape for a while, and reading has been the lens into different dimensions.
2. Indoor Gardening
Gardening is more than just a hobby for some—it’s a lifestyle. But city life and apartment porches limit the ability to exercise your green thumb or feel the satisfaction of eating what you’ve cultivated with your two hands. But in quarantine, plant enthusiasts got creative with indoor herb garden kits and crafty with hanging planters. And with a Spring lockdown, it was an ideal time to start.
Herbs are an excellent option to grow indoors. Often you need herbs for one specific dish your craving; buying an entire bushel at the store leads to waste and rotting greens in your fridge. An indoor herb garden allows you to functionally brighten your space with greenery that continues to give once it’s time to fix your favorite food.
Even before quarantine, gaming was an excellent socially distant way to converse and interact with those outside a six-foot radius. Especially with more desktop games available, a gaming laptop and a good internet connection allow you to connect with more than just one friend. It is rare to see a four-way split-screen with four friends squeezed on the couch together with tangled wires leading from the console to the controllers anymore.
Now, deep into quarantine, gamers have set up for the long haul with their gaming chairs and gaming mice. For a change of scenery after long hours of Fortnite, a lap desk for gaming lets you move to the couch without missing a beat.
4. Home Workouts
It’s a no shocker that home gym equipment was flying off shelves in March. With more time than ever and that extra hour created from no work commute, people could no longer delay those dreaded New Years Resolutions. Kettlebells, dumbbells, and home gym equipment were sold out, and new at-home fitness programs advertisements were popping up on social media news feeds daily.
DIY is not only great to save money, but it’s also a great concept to teach your kids to cultivate a can-do attitude and a curious nature. It occupies fidgeting hands and focuses minds on something other than pacing while couped up in quarantine. And since spending quality time with those we love has drastically decreased this year, making a DIY gift can offer a thoughtful substitution.
Macrame plant hangers or a DIY cultivating carts for those who took up indoor gardening are easy projects to teach kiddos different knots or use a drill and hammer safely.
6. Watching Series and Films
Care to admit how much time you’ve spent in front of your smart TV during quarantine? Me neither, but your streaming TV devices allow you to laugh along with Marvelous Ms. Maisel’s crowds or gawk at the Tiger King while forgetting about quarantine and the troubles of this year. Between Hulu, Netflix, Sling Tv, and Amazon Prime, there’s plenty of series and films to binge-watch while you are socially distancing this year.