With coronavirus shutdowns, billions of us are looking for ways to stay at home entertain. But if your life in isolation so far is revolving around binging TV shows and drinking wine. It might be time to try a new approach. Getting immersed in a new hobby can be really good for mental health and reducing stress. With most of us spending our days cooped up inside, it’s never been more important to prioritize well-being.
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From learning new skills to flexing your creative muscles, here are a few ideas for making the most of your down
If you fancy impressing future dinner guests with a new piece of art on the wall. YouTube has plenty of beginner tutorials for learning the basics of painting with acrylics or water-colours.
You’ll need is a set of paints and brushes, a palette, a surface to paint on (canvas or paper)
If you feel really adventurous, you could even have a go at creating your own take on the contemporary abstract and line work . Both of which are popular in the interiors world right now.
2.LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
You may not have spoken French or Spanish since school. But there’s no reason why you can’t finally master speaking a new language this year. DuoLingo is a learning app that has courses for everyone from absolute beginners to those who simply want to fine tune their skills. So, hop on!
Materclass is an online platform that gives users access to tutorials from some of the world’s leading experts in various fields. If you’ve always had an urge to give photography a go, this service a great place to start.
Acclaimed portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, who has snapped everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio to John Lennon, heads up this 15-lesson video course.
From Yoga with Adriene on YouTube to apps like Glo, there are plenty of great online resources that can help you to build a gentle daily yoga practice in the garden or your living room.
Whether you’re looking to improve your flexibility or progress to some impressive inversions, use your recouped commute time to pack in a good stretch in the morning.
If you’re lucky enough to be in lockdown with a patch of green space to tend to, why not make the most of it by learning some gardening skills?
A simple Google search can bring up a wealth of information on how to look after your plants, keep your soil healthy and attract some new wildlife into your garden.
There’s something really fulfilling about clearing the weeds, planting some bulbs and watching your hard work pay off. Plus, you’ll have a relaxing and enjoyable space to chill out in while you’re staying safe at home. How cool is that!