Stay-at-home orders are nobody’s idea of fun, but as they say, we can’t always control what happens around us; we can only control how we react to it. So if you found this article during yet another lockdown, because you want something crafty to do… can we just say, kudos, that is just so you!
Wanted to become a ballerina when you were a kid? You still can, if you just learn some basic steps and pirouette like nobody’s watching. Because everybody can dance, just start moving!
Play an upbeat hip hop or dancehall tune, get your blood flowing, and dance the night away. You’ll be surprised how quickly your mood will lift even with a simple dance routine. If you’ve got kids around the house, how about a self-defense lesson for the entire family?
No fitness level is required to try something new but you’ll be sure to benefit from the endorphins, dopamine, and all that good stuff that’s released whenever you enjoy a physical activity.
We’ve all done some doom scrolling in the wee hours. Such a bad habit. Good news, there are countless ways, more productive ways, to beat cabin fever. Something getting on your nerves? Don’t let it put a damper on your normally positive disposition. Balling up all your emotions can make you susceptible to illness, you know.
Instead, let art be your weapon and use it to express your feelings in a creative way. Paint with all the colours or arrange a bouquet of fresh blooms. Take a ceramic platter or mug and decorate it like there’s no tomorrow. Make a cute baby blanket out of granny squares. Or hit two birds with one stone by making soy candles you can light up later to set the right mood.
Having trouble sleeping? We feel you. How about you just turn off the news, put your device on sleep mode, and take a moment to breathe? The world will still be there when you get out of your relaxed state, sure, but sitting quietly 20 minutes to just be mindful won’t hurt. In fact, it will be a big boost to your mental health! And nothing can be more important than that.
If you’ve ever tried yoga before, you know how much it can improve your body’s flexibility or even just your posture. The more you practise your vinyasa poses, the better you understand your body. Self-care is everything, pandemic or not.
Remember how Mum could make every bad day go away with homemade pie?
Every cook or baker worth their salt knows that spending time in the kitchen is one of the best antidotes to anxiety. Whether it’s tagliatelle for pasta Sunday or finger food for a Netflix weeknight marathon, there’s nothing more satisfying than creating something from scratch to feed a small army. And for that, it always helps to have a treasure trove of recipes right at your fingertips.
Even better, get the entire family involved and make it a cooking party over Zoom. Virtual cooking parties are all the rave these days and a fantastic way to stay connected, when you can’t get together in person.
You started on a new hobby about 18 months ago and then stopped, because the pandemic has a way of distracting you like that. What was it, a gilding project to breathe new life into some old picture frames? Nice. Or perhaps, it was something more ambitious like taxidermy. Amazing.
Time to dust off whatever DIY idea you had on your work table, now is the time to pick up from where you left off and take time for yourself while you’re at it. (Also a good idea to keep the kids occupied when they’re getting fidgety from all the indoor time.)
Give these boredom-proof creative projects a go with family and friends. Get unstuck and you’ll be back into your creative flow in no time!
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