You’re in a city or state with a pandemic-required stay-at-home order. Suddenly, you find yourself with lots of extra time on your hands and not much to do. It’s a good time to learn some new skills or pick up a new hobby. Here are 5 things you can learn to do while you’re stuck at home.
Learn a new language
If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new language, now is the time! There are many online programs that can help and when you get your linguistic legs under you, you can even video conference with language partners across the world. One of the biggest challenges of learning a new language is time and use. Like any skill, you must use language in order to learn and retain it. With all this time on your hands, you can conjugate verbs, learn vocabulary, listen to an audiobook or practice speaking with a remote partner.
Yoga or pilates
There are now hundreds of short tutorial videos online for yoga and pilates beginners. Load one up, bring out the map, and get to work! Pause the videos or rewatch certain parts to really get the poses and exercises right. You’ll come out of quarantine fitter and more flexible than before.
Learn to program
Always wanted to learn Python? Interested in markup languages and web design? Looking to learn about AI and genetic algorithms? Use this time at home to watch tutorials on how to program. Get a GitHub account to see what other people are doing, make connections, and learn new programming languages. If you’re looking for a job that pays a lot and allows you to work remotely, learning to program is the first step.
Sewing and knitting
Being able to mend or properly fit your own clothes or even make new ones is a lost skill. But with all this time on your hands and retail stores closed, why not grab some thread/yarn and needles and give it a go. You can start small by learning how to sew patches, then move on shortening hemlines. Before you know it, you’ll have a closet full of new, unique outfits…and maybe a scarf or two.
Making bread or brewing beer
From the beginning of human history, people spent a lot of time making food and, soon thereafter, making beer or wine. The drink wasn’t because they were interested in matching the right liquid with the evening cuisine, it was a necessity because the water wasn’t always pure. Life was tough.
Now that you have extra time and your hunting and gathering is down to finding a food delivery service with a time slot, try your hand at making bread or brewing your own beer (if you already have the equipment). Play around with the ingredients and who knows, you might come up with something delicious! Not being in a rush means that you can get your baking times perfected or you can try out the multi-mashing process.
Whatever you choose to learn, remember that keeping busy during these times is important for your overall mental health. As Governor Cuomo said, cabin fever is a real problem we are all dealing with.