Right now, many people are self-isolating at home to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Are you finding yourself looking for things to do throughout the day? You might be filling your days with watching TV, snacking, and aimlessly wandering around the living room. Even if you’re working from home, you’ll still have lots of time to fill since you’re spending so much time in the house.
It’s normal to feel anxious and on-edge right now since no one can concretely say what the immediate future holds. Why not use all this free time to learn a new skill to take your mind off of things, and to stay productive throughout the self-isolation period?
We’ve compiled two activities to keep you occupied throughout the quarantine. Learn a new skill from the comfort of home. You won’t even have to change out of your sweatpants.
To feel relaxed as well as productive, try knitting or crochet! You can find a huge selection of yarn at Yarnspirations — your online source for all things knitting related. There, you’ll find a community that will support you as you begin this new hobby from all of the best brands in the industry. They even have patterns to work from and lookbooks with gorgeous designs to inspire your project.
A lot of people avoid knitting because they don’t consider themselves to be “crafty” enough to try it out. That is a myth, and the truth is, anyone can knit. There is no required “crafty gene” to be curious about knitting, crocheting, or anything else related — just some patience and time. And, you know what most of us have a lot of right now? Time!
You’ll also want to invest in:
- Worsted weight yarn
- Straight knitting needles — size 7 or 8 should work fine. Wooden or bamboo needles tend to grip the yarn more effectively than aluminum
- Small scissors
- Stich markers — these are used for patterns that call for them and can be used to mark a change in the pattern or the beginning of a round
- Small tape measure or a ruler
- Darning or tapestry needle
- A project bag — any bag to store your yarn and other essentials
Search for an online tutorial that suits you, find a comfortable spot, and start knitting! You’ll feel far more relaxed in no time because of the known health benefits associated with the practice and anxiety. And if you don’t believe us, check out the research that proves it!
For a simple yet engaging activity, gather up old magazines, find a glue stick and a pair of scissors, and start collaging. The collage has been an art form since the early days of Picasso and the rest of the Dada and Cubist artists in the early 1900s.
It’s a therapeutic distraction that allows you to exercise your artistic abilities you may not have known you had, and it hardly requires any tools at all. There is no pre-existing set of rules — just an open mind!
Get creative while in self-isolation. You can work at one of these projects in quarantine; furthermore, you’ll likely continue long after this is all over because both are fun, addictive, and fulfilling.