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.
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"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."
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"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."
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"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."
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"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."
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"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."
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"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."
"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!"