For many of us across the globe the lockdown has started, and with it has come an overwhelming pressure to start a new hobby or work towards a new goal and make something of this time we have at home. Like learning a new language, how to play an instrument or work towards a fitness goal.
That isn’t always achievable and if it is causing you more stress than it is calm in the midst of a pandemic, we are here to tell you that it isn’t worth it. There are plenty of mindful hobbies you can start that will easy the anxiety rather than start it.
Colouring books for adults are becoming more popular and we can definitely understand why. Sitting down and mindfully concentrating on filling in the little shapes on a page can be a soothing, meditative task that people of all ages can enjoy.
We are all spending a lot of time at home currently so what better use of your time than to de-clutter your living space. Whether its that cupboard under the stairs that you always say you’ll get around to one day, or just rearranging your room removing clutter is very soothing for your mind. Plus, you’ll kick yourself if you don’t get it done after this is all over!
Even just for 5 or 10 minutes can be very rewarding for your mental health and wellbeing. Writing things down has been shown to help people more successfully achieve their dreams and goals. It is a way to help us focus on what matters, prioritise what we are going to do for the day ahead and track our progress.
An odd one, but we are here to keep it fresh. Do you remember how much fun you had playing with Lego as a kid and that sense of accomplishment you felt once you completed building the Hogwarts Castle?
Lego can help you switch off from the world, get your creative juices flowing and is also just fun!
One of our favourites, much like colouring this takes us back to our childhood. Print out some old pictures from your last holiday away. Finally, organise that memory box with old tickets and receipts you kept and put them all together in a way you would be proud to show off to anyone.
Pick up an old games console (or buy yourself a new one, I mean if there was ever an excuse to get one its lockdown!) and do some good old fashion gaming. Our favourites are currently The Sims 4 and the Nintendo Switch.
Lucky enough to have a garden? Gardening can be a great form of meditation. Nothing can bring you back to earth like being at one with it, especially at a time where our outside activity has never been more limited.