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As we come to the end of 2020, the new year cannot come fast enough. Some countries are facing a second wave of lockdowns and we are encouraged to stay at home to reduce the spread of infection. In the warmer months, it was easier to go for a walk or a hike for entertainment. I’ve been threatening to take up cross-country skiing but I much prefer the snow from the inside looking out. The winter months call for more sheltered activity. Over the years, I’ve dabbled in a myriad of hobbies. I’ve made a list of my favorites. Hopefully, you will find something that piques your interest. You may start a new hobby or find a gift for a friend.
Here are some suggestions for indoor activities to keep you busy during a pandemic.
As I said before, it’s hard to get enough physical activity in the winter months because of the weather. Icy roads and crowded gyms don’t have to be included in your workout routine. Doing just three sets of 4-6 exercises at home can help keep you fit. Alternate workouts with cardio to get the most benefit. Honestly, I’m a huge fan of following along with a video but you can also build your own list of your favorite exercises. I started doing yoga years ago with an Elle Macpherson VHS tape (LOL!) and I still use those basics today! There are free Zumba videos if you are a member of Amazon Prime and these ancient Tai Bo kickboxing videos are killer workouts and so fun. DON’T FORGET TO HYDRATE!! Below is all the equipment you can use to stay in shape at home.
Reading and Writing
Reading and writing are always on the top of my list. I prefer books to a download and am somewhat obsessed with stationary. Reading can be a great escape and a great way to take advantage of a quiet atmosphere. Writing letters may seem outdated but they are such a lovely surprise to whomever you send it to. Journaling is actually quite therapeutic or you could try your hand at writing a story or poem. The following are some of my favorite books along with my picks for stationary and journals
Games and Puzzles
In the beginning of the pandemic we did several puzzles. It was just nice to sit down and find a few pieces every once in a while. It’s a great way to slow down. Surprisingly, the kids would have to join in, just so they could find a piece that fit. Board games are always a great option if you can find a willing opponent. I even love some of the games for small children. When I was young my grandma taught me to play Canasta and we played Boggle and Lucky Break with the Pop-o-Matic black cat dice. Today we have about five versions of Monopoly because it is a family favorite. We have My Little Pony Monopoly, Mario Monopoly, National Parks Monopoly and regular Monopoly, of course.
Arts and Crafts
You don’t have to be a talented artist to enjoy arts and crafts. I’m not much of a painter but it is really relaxing to just brush some colors on an easel and see what comes out. Clay modeling is another soothing art because of its tactile nature. If you’re more interested in the finished product, needlepoint, tie dye or building a model might be more your speed. There are all levels of arts and crafts available, so don’t be discouraged if you’ve never tried something.
I hope you found something you’d like to try or something you think would be a perfect gift.
Are you looking for more gift ideas? Check out Winter Wardrobe Essentials here for more ideas!