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Five Hobbies to Take Up During Lockdown
With the UK in the middle of another national lockdown, many people are doing their best to break the monotony and boredom with new and exciting pastimes. Whether you are keen to run your first 5 km during your daily exercise or you have become a dab hand at sourdough, below are five other hobbies to take up during lockdown.
If you find yourself stressed and anxious then painting is a great way to relieve that tension. All you need is a set of paints and brushes and something to paint on, canvas or paper. If you are unsure of how to get started, then there are plenty of tutorial videos on YouTube. This is a chance for you to unleash your creative side and it will give you a new focus and take your mind off any negativity - and who knows you might create a masterpiece.
2. Learn a language
While it is hard to travel during lockdown there is no reason why you can’t prepare yourself for that next big adventure. If you have ever wanted to broaden your skills and learn a language, then this is the best time. There are many ways to learn but a popular way is with the app Babbel which has expertly crafted courses from beginners to advanced. What is great about Babbel is that engages you in conversation providing you with real-time feedback.
Another popular hobby that many people are taking up is photography. This is another excellent way to relieve the stress and focus your mind on developing and creating fantastic shots. If you already own a camera but have never learned how to use it then this is a perfect time. There are lots of tutorials online that offer tips on everything from shooting with natural light to shutter speeds and aperture settings.
4. Learn an instrument
If you have ever fancied yourself as a bit of a musician then why not learn an instrument? Not only will you create amazing sounds (eventually) but learning a musical instrument will feed the brain and improve several other cognitive and physical functions in the human body. It is also suggested that learning a musical instrument improves your memory.
5. Start a blog
If you already have a hobby or interest that you are passionate about and want to share it with the world then start a blog. All you need is a laptop and a blogging platform to get started. You don’t need to be a technical wizard and you can be as creative as you like when putting your blog together. Blogging platforms such as WordPress and Squarespace provide hundreds of great looking templates and all of them connect to social media so you can share your thoughts and ideas with the world.