My Life in Quarantine

Making the Most of 2020

Hobbies

Having a hobby that we enjoy brings us joy and enriches our lives. It gives us something fun to do during our leisure time and affords us the opportunity to learn new skills. We are very fortunate to have so many different options out there today. In fact, there are entire websites devoted to hobbies and interests.

Lockdown-Friendly Hobbies

Benefits of Hobbies

Develop Skills

A hobby that you really dedicate your time to will lead you to build new skills. As you spend more time at your hobby you will become better and better at it, so invest your time into a hobby that can benefit you in other ares of your life.

Stress Relief

Hobbies help aid stress by keeping you engaged in something you enjoy. They give you a way to take your mind off the stresses of everyday life allow time you relax and seek pleasure in activities that aren’t associated with work, chores or other responsibilities.

Healthy Challenges

When you pick a new hobby, you will be involved in activities that are novel and challenging. If you don’t find your hobby challenging, then you also won’t find it engaging, and it will be less enjoyable. That means you need to find a better hobby.

My Hobbies

Reading

One of the most important reasons why I decided to read was because I wanted to be able for the college reading I knew were coming. I began and completed the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge from 2019/2020 and during lockdown decided to continue this trend as I read a lot of books I wouldn't have beforehand just for the challenge.

Reading is a very good way of opening yourself to amazing fictional stories or personal experiences you would not be exposed to otherwise and with so many genres to choose from there really is something for everyone.

Baking

You’d think a pandemic and quarantine would be a time for slowing down and concentrating on what really matters, like binge-watching Netflix. Alas, most of us are multi-tasking our behinds off, relocating our work-spaces to our living rooms while becoming overnight homeschool teachers.

That’s why channelling your focus on one thing, otherwise known as mindfulness, can be a necessary break for both your brain and body and baking is a very effective way to to remain focused on a task with a great reward for doing so at the end!



Gaming

Gameplay has cognitive benefit because games have been shown to improve attention, focus, and reaction time. Games have motivational benefit because they encourage an incremental, rather than an entity theory of intelligence.

Games have emotional benefit because they induce positive mood states; in addition, there is speculative evidence that games may help kids develop adaptive emotion regulation. Games have social benefit because gamers are able to translate the prosocial skills that they learn from co-playing or multiplayer gameplay to “peer and family relations outside the gaming environment.”

My Top Five

Books of 2020

  1. All the Light We Cannot See
  2. Anne with an "E"
  3. My Sister the Serial Killer
  4. Akana Witch
  5. Handmaid's Tale

Things to Bake

  1. Cake
  2. Cheescake
  3. Cupcakes
  4. Pancakes(I Bake Mine)
  5. Iced Buns

Games to Play

  1. Hades
  2. Animal Crossing
  3. Stardew Valley
  4. Hollow Knight
  5. Pokemon

Importance of Hobbies

My hobbies are a very important part of my life. I find they enrich my days and give me a great escape from the regular stresses of life. If you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend that you start to explore and develop at least one hobby that you really enjoy. I guarantee you will be very glad you did.