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Safe Indoor Hobbies for Social Distancing

When the novel coronavirus began making its way around the world, some people may not have thought it would cause the drastic changes countries have made. Workplaces began to shut down, schools closed and vacationers traveled home. The world started to slow down, leaving most people to seek shelter or entertain themselves while locked down at home.

At first, that might have seemed like an invitation to enjoy a staycation. After a few days of hanging out inside, doing the same things, you might wish you could go back to your old routine. Social distancing helps prevent the spread of this pandemic, but it’s frustrating to feel cooped up and bored.

Help yourself through this time at home by reading about safe indoor hobbies for social distancing. You can try something new without risking your health or safety, so it’s easier to do your part to stop the coronavirus in its tracks.

1. Care for Houseplants

Most people have a few houseplants around their living space, but when was the last time you researched what they need? Read about the kind of plants you have to discover how much sunlight helps them grow, how often they need watering and what you can do to help them thrive.

Even if you can’t run to the store for fertilizer or large flower pots, you can make notes for yourself so that you remember to get them after state and national leaders lift the current restrictions. 

2. Make Laundry Detergent

When people realized they’d have to put their lives on hold to fight this virus, they ran to their nearest grocery store and stocked up on things they would need in the weeks to come. You might have done the same, but did you get any laundry detergent?

Instead of depending on detergent that contaminates water supplies with carcinogens, petrochemicals and more, make a cleanser with eco-friendly ingredients. All you need is a container of washing soda and sustainable soap. Grate the soap and mix the ingredients to minimize your ecological footprint. It will biodegrade in each load and keep the planet clean. 

3. Try Indoor Exercises

Now’s the perfect time to get into indoor exercises while you have time to workout at home. For example, try doing burpees, where you jump into the air, land with your knees bent and hands on the floor and then splay out into a plank position. Repeat as many times as possible until you work up a sweat. You can also do jumping jacks. Jump for 20 seconds, then take a 10-second rest. If you start feeling bored, mix it up with a round of push-ups or sit-ups.

4. Redesign Your Home

Sometimes it’s easy to get restless because you need a change of scenery. When watching videos of beachfront views and nature cameras doesn’t cut it anymore, redesign your home by switching up your interior. Move your furniture and picture frames around. Pull out those extra paint cans from your garage and coat your living room. Even a small change will give you something new to look at and enjoy.

5. Bake a New Recipe

Even though you may have stocked up on food you need to get through the next few weeks, there might still be things in your pantry that end up going bad. Reduce your waste and keep trash out of landfills when you bake a new recipe with ingredients you might forget about. Flour, sugar, and eggs can easily make a variety of desserts, so treat yourself to something delicious. 

6. Learn About Coin Collecting

Why not try something completely new while stuck at home? Challenge yourself with a new hobby when you learn about coin collecting. Memorize the terminology of the trade, such as artificial toning, beading, flan and mule. Research future coins you want and make a list to guide your collection. Once restrictions lift, and you head to your local store, you’ll have a game plan on how to jumpstart your collection.

7. Craft Origami Art

Feeling productive may solve your boredom, so recycle paper like newspaper, used printer paper and old sheets from notebooks to create eco-friendly origami. Even if you’ve never made it before, you can start with easy projects that anyone can create. For instance, you can craft an origami heart to show a special someone how you feel. This project takes less than 10 minutes, and you can even hide a coin inside — a pleasant surprise!

8. Download a Language App

Nothing is better than accomplishing a goal, so download a popular language app and learn something new to challenge your mind. When you go back to work or school, you’ll have a skill you can use every day. You can also add it to your resume. Practicing a different language is a hobby many people love, and you can do it from the comfort of your home.

You might not have thought about hobbies like coin collecting or origami, but now is the perfect time to give them a try. What you learn may turn into something you love, and you can keep it up after the pandemic ends, and life goes on as usual. 

Published on Apr 2, 2020

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