13 Fall & Winter Pandemic Hobby Ideas

Fall means knitting cozy things, painting watercolors, and other inside activities.

by JR Thorpe
A close up of balls of yarn. This article details pandemic hobbies to do during the winter.
Nick Kodinov / EyeEm/EyeEm/Getty Images

agrobacter/E+/Getty Images

A lot of people have discovered new indoor hobbies during the COVID-19 pandemic, from knitting to yoga to full-fledged DIY. As the weather gets colder again, 13 people tell Bustle about the practices they're excited to pick back up.

Carol Yepes/Moment/Getty Images

"Engaging in any hobby that you enjoy and that focuses your attention can help mitigate the negative effects of stress," Dr. Julia Blank M.D., a physician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, tells Bustle. "Hobbies focus a person's attention away from the stressor and can be soothing."

Aleksandr Zubkov/Moment/Getty Images

"To ensure I would have a steady food supply throughout lockdown without going to the shops, I started doing Proper Cooking: I read recipe books, plan meals, and batch-cook. It’s become a highlight of self-care — it brightens every day to have good food that I made for myself."

Kitty, 32

MediaNews Group/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images/MediaNews Group/Getty Images

"I was already starting to run role-playing games about six months before the country shut down, but I do it a lot more now. Also I’ve started DMing [running] actual Dungeons and Dragons games."

Sarah, 34

Rapeepong Puttakumwong/Moment/Getty Images

"Personally, I rediscovered watercolor painting and drawing, coincidentally after my mom started painting again during lockdown. I also started yoga and Pilates at home every evening, which really help me decompress after a long day at the desk."

Federica, 30s

Yaorusheng/Moment/Getty Images

"Tie dye... And I'm not gonna stop until everyone I know is clad in rainbows."

Becky, 33

"I've become a humongous dork and regressed to my childhood to play video games (well, primarily Stardew Valley) and have picked up gardening. I’m definitely going to keep playing. I can’t handle the real world."

Satya, 30s

Mansoreh Motamedi/Moment/Getty Images

"Islamic geometric art/watercolor painting. It’s basically DIY coloring-in and following tutorials. Samira Mian’s tutorials are super beginner-friendly and Art of Islamic Pattern have been running amazing online classes throughout lockdown where you can learn to create seriously complex patterns."

Jennifer, 32

Camerique/ClassicStock/Archive Photos/Getty Images

"I’ve really started to enjoy cleaning. It's the one activity that brings me a sense of achievement and fulfillment, and helps me to feel calmer and more in control of my circumstances. Cleaning is the one time I don’t feel guilty about leaving the kids with dad so it’s my me time these days."

Jacqueline, 33

Jude Black / EyeEm/EyeEm/Getty Images

"As someone who thrives in a productive and busy environment, I struggled with lockdown. Naturally (like everyone else) I was baking away, and turned my hobby into a business. I'm now selling at a farmers market in Rye, NY."

Kara, 28

Mondadori Portfolio/Mondadori Portfolio/Getty Images

"Finally figuring out how to play the piano! I finally love it, and I'm so much better than I ever was."

Susana, 30s

mihailomilovanovic/E+/Getty Images

"Powerlifting! I can almost deadlift my own body weight, but can only lift half body weight in bench and squats. But I have consistently made progress each week, which feels AMAZING!"

Jenn, 40

RgStudio/E+/Getty Images

"I started doing yoga daily and decided to get my yoga teacher training certificate as well."

Mae, 28

Iryna Khabliuk / EyeEm/EyeEm/Getty Images

"I learned to sew! I'm deep in it. Never leaving."

Verity, 20s

elenaleonova/E+/Getty Images

"I am very excited to start sewing warm clothes again now that the fall temperatures have finally arrived. Learning to sew can be pretty easy even without prior knowledge. I also really enjoy making small blankets for expecting friends with cute motifs."

Linda, 28

Thanks for reading,
head home for more!