With the Government placing the country in lockdown due to Cornavirus it has lead to many needing to fill their time.
Around the country, thousands are starting new hobbies. From painting to gardening, the recent lockdown has allowed many to start a new passion.
I myself, have found that I’m trying not to lose my mind by being with my family every day for the next two weeks. I’ve started doing activities that I use to see as chores, like reading and walking. I’ve found that they are now my escape in these trying times.
Recently, I have started walking for an hour a day. From walking along my local beach to walking around my local town. I normally see walking as just a way to get from place to place, but with not many people out I now find it very relaxing.
I have also started to read more, starting with a book that I never finished. Reading again has helped me see how much I enjoy it and how much reading regularly keeps my dyslexia at bay.
One hobby that I’ve started since the lockdown is baking. I’ve been trying out different recipes from banana bread to a lemon drizzle cake. My Nan has trusted me in using her sacred Marguerite Patten ‘Cookery in Colour’ book, that she swears by.
Of course, another hobby I’ve been doing is studying. With all this new free time, it’s allowed me to focus on my studies to make sure that I get the best grades I can.
However, others are finding it difficult to find new hobbies during these trying times, such as Alycia Bell who has found comfort in a new streaming service.
“I keep trying to work, trying to complete my university work. But Disney Plus is the saviour in my family at the moment, we’re just watching re-runs of Disney films”
Although many have taken up new hobbies, there are questions as to whether people will stick with them once life gets back to normal. People might not have the time to keep up with all their newfound hobbies but maybe they’ll take some time out to focus on themselves.