COVID-19 has certainly taken over our lives and I can feel that after quite a few weeks in isolation many of us are feeling a little edgy. I heard on the radio yesterday, that online shopping in the areas of arts, crafts, active wear, gardening, DIY and home gym equipment are booming. Home baking has taken off as many channel Nigella and my friend Jo Tracey from And Andways can certainly provide some baking inspiration. Just take a look at what was on her menu this week.
This prompted me to pose a question to the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook Group:
Hi Sizzlers! Do you have a hobby? What is helping you through this time of isolation?
The answers came in quickly and I was inspired by the variety of hobbies that people are revisiting or trying for the first time. There are so many ways we can overcome boredom and keep entertained during COVID-19. I’m sharing 10 hobbies to try during COVID-19 Isolation, courtesy of the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook Group members.
10 hobbies to try during COVID-19 Isolation
1. Water colour Painting
Kathy from 50 Shades of Age is teaching herself watercolour painting with the help of Youtube videos.
Theresa is taking photos of anything and everything. Her latest project was walking through a cemetary taking photos of the headstones and take a moment to reflect in the silence.
Debbie from Deb’s World is in an ‘A-Z of ISO in April’ photo challenge with her family. They are all having fun finding things to photograph around the house and garden, (no further afield allowed), and sharing with each other.
Here is a photo I took over Easter. Mike and I were walking and discovered this beautiful park near our home. I usually walk along the oceanside and never took the time to explore. It is such an oasis.
Marilyn loves to ‘read, sew, read, sew’. Sewing is one of her ‘happy places’ and Marilyn is currently working on a weekly sewing project challenge.
4. Creating & Mindfulness
Denyse from Denyse Whelan Blogs is using her creativity to pass the time with a mix of designing, drawing, creating & more. She is experimenting by using all types of materials to create patterns. Denyse recently completed a recent 30 day challenge during the early stages of COVID-19. The challenge was to colour or draw & colour a flower a day. It also became a practise in Mindfulness as she concentrated on her project.
Lesley is pursuing her love of Genealogy which she told me can be really absorbing. She is enjoying playing detective and has several projects on the go – her own family history, her husband’s family history and also researching a friend’s family history too! Lesley has inspired me to pull out my own records. My two cousins are very much into Genealogy and I have family histories on both my Mother’s and Father’s side.
Anne and Debbie are enjoying their gardens. Gardening can bring such joy to the soul plus it is a good way to keep fit. I’ve actually noticed that there is more butterflies this year. Perhaps as we aren’t driving as much there is less pollution.
Jigsaw puzzles are being completed all over the world and my Best Blogging Buddy, Leanne Le Cras from Cresting the Hill has always been a fan. Jigsaws can be a wonderful way to keep our mind active and sharp. Except of course if you are like my friend Jo Tracey who was missing that one piece! Can you see it?
There have also been puzzles going around Facebook that require concentration to find the difference. Can you find the difference in this one?
8. Online Learning & Fitness
I’ve taken the opportunity to study some short courses through Coursera, which offers many free courses. I’ve maintained my fitness through 3 sessions per week from Strong Healthy Women. Peta Gillian, CEO of SHW has been posting short daily workouts. I also enjoy daily yoga practice through Yoga with Adriene on Youtube. I’m have also been asked to try a Tai Chi at Home App so will see what it is like and give you my verdict.
9. Knitting & Crochet
One of the ST60 & Beyond FB members is Linda Cooper is passionate about knitting. You can find patterns on her website, Mainly Cardigans, Designer Hand Knits by Linda Cooper.
10. Cooking and Baking
As I wrote in my opening paragraph many of us have channelled Nigella and are baking or cooking enough to feed an army. Baking bread for example, can be very soothing as you knead the dough. The challenge is to incorporate some healthier options rather than turning to comfort food. If you are, then perhaps you might like to join in my 7-day Eat Healthy for Life Challenge starting Monday 20th April in the FB Group. No, it isn’t a diet but tips, recipes and ideas for making healthy eating a lifestyle.
If none of the above take your fancy then……..