Bake the most of your isolation

Thirty million households are in lockdown causing many old hobbies to make a comeback.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has recently warned UK citizens that a tougher and longer lockdown may be necessary in the fight against COVID-19.

However, to many people, spending a prolonged time in one space can become exasperating.

This has led to the return of many hobbies that were on the verge of dying out.


Nowadays, 91.5% of UK adults told statistics website, statista, that they spend most of their free time watching TV.


This compares to the 25% who said crafts and 27% who said gardening. 

However, whilst the nation is isolating indoors, there’s an opportunity to flex your creative muscles and improve your mindset.

To make the most of the downtime, try knitting.

The repetitive nature is great for mental health as a study published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy shows.

“Knitting has significant psychological and social benefits, which can contribute to wellbeing and quality of life.”

I find myself knitting alongside my sister over FaceTime, as it is something we both enjoy.

Another great thing to do is to bake. 

The home baking market is worth £1.6 billion, yet it can be time consuming.

Over the past ten years home baking has been in decline, with 49 million fewer baking occasions in the last year. This is down 4% from 2018, according to the consumer panel company Kantar Worldpanel.

Baking goods like cakes, cookies and bread can be therapeutic and gives you focus, as can many other hobbies.

Now might be a great time to learn a new language, paint or even cook a dish you’ve been wanting to try.

Whether it be to calm your nerves, provide a distraction or create something wonderful, hobbies are a great way to get through the lockdown without becoming bored.

About the Author

Kara McKune
LeedsNow Journalist

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