The world as we know it as changing every single day. While you might not be able to play sport, go to the gym, or catch up with friends like you used to, there are still heaps of hobbies to try your hand at during iso.
Write to a Pen-Pal
Now, it’s not super easy find a pen-pal to write to these days. Sure, there are apps for that (and it’s not like mail it the most efficient way of communication), but now’s the time to connect with your community. If you’re living in a safe community or even on campus, you should try to reach out to those around you and offer to be their pen-pal during these times. It’s easy to get sick of the people you’re living with, so for many people a pen-pal can be a brief escape.
Write a short letter introducing yourself and offering to be a pen-pal, print out 10 or so copies, and pop them in mailboxes on your street or apartment complex. I’ve personally done this myself in the apartment complex I’m in, and I’m now chatting to another university student and two households of retirees. It’s a cheap and easy way for me to keep in touch with those in my community, make new friends, and hear new stories. Plus, all I have to do is walk to the mailbox to give them my reply.
I’m sure you’ve already delved into the depths of Netflix countless times these last few weeks—I know I have. But seriously, now’s a perfect time to watch all those movies you never got around to.
If you’re unsure of where to start, pick a genre of film that you already love or you’ve been wanting to get into (eg. documentaries, horror, foreign film, etc) and launch into it. Find the most popular one on Netflix and start there.
Alternatively, pick an actor who you’re beginning to love (or who you just really respect) and go through their discography. If you’re looking for a particular movie but you’re not sure where to find it, justwatch.com can tell you where you can stream, buy, or rent movies/TV shows in Australia. Thank me later.
If you’ve read basically any blog post I’ve written, you’d know that I love Bullet Journaling and I’d recommend it to pretty much everyone. For some people, it can be a great way to simply keep organised. For others, you can express your creativity, try out that growing collection of pens you have, and try something new. I personally use my bujo to plan out my weeks, write diary entries, practice drawing, glue in receipts and cool-looking paper, and just write out any notes I may need. There are a whole heap of tutorials or flip-throughs online to help inspire you—just take a quick look on YouTube and I’m sure you’ll find something you like.
Yoga is apparently one of the best forms of exercise you can do, and it’s something that I’ve personally been wanting to jump into for a long time. Now I have some spare time to do it. The benefits of yoga are both mental and physical; it can help you manage your stress, become more flexible, improve your energy, and centre your attention.
Have a look on YouTube and you’ll find thousands of tutorials which will help you out, no matter your situation. There’s something there for everyone, no matter whether you’re a beginner or an expert. Seriously, give it a shot. You won’t regret it.
Learn a Language
We’ve all wanted to learn a language before, right? Well, there are so many online resources which can help you do just that. Apps like Duolingo and Babbel are a fantastic place to start, but there are online courses available for free which can offer you the same thing. Work out what language you’re interested in, have a look online for resources, and pick something which works for you. While learning a new language takes time and patience, if you apply yourself, you might just come out of iso with a new skill.
Start a blog
We’re living through history. In the future, people will look back on this time wondering what exactly we went through in iso. So, start a blog today and document your experiences. If you’ve decided to pick up any other hobbies, be sure to write about them—how you’re finding it and any tips of tricks for others who are interested. Alternatively, you can simply write out an iso diary where yourself and others can look back at your day to day life during this time. Document your observations, big or small, and write down everything you’re feeling or thinking. Even if you don’t build an audience, this will be something awesome to look back on in a few years time.
While these hobbies might not be for you, there’s definitely something out there to keep you busy and happy during these times—don’t be afraid to look.