15+ Hobbies to Take Up in Isolation
Here in Sydney, we are well into our second lockdown for this pandemic, and with no end in sight, all the days have begun to look extremely similar. So, it’s time to fix this the only way I know how… trying new things!! If you’re also ready to get out of that lockdown slump and try out a new something new, check out one of these hobbies to take up in isolation:
I’ve separated the hobbies into five categories: creative, active, and cognitive with five ideas in each! The ideas also range in price, which is indicated by the amount ‘$’ symbols next to the name. This is just a general idea of the price, and most of these hobbies can be achieved at a low cost or a higher cost depending on personal preference. Also, be sure to follow all COVID-19 rules and regulations for your area.
Also, check out our Hobbies to take up in isolation Pinterest board for more inspiration.
- Knitting/Crocheting $$
I know winter is over, but in my opinion, this is the best time to take up a ‘wool-based’ (it’s possibly called fib hobby because it’s all on sale! Knitting and crocheting are two very diverse activities that can be used for anything from stuffed toys to jumpers. Crocheting was easy for me to take up, but knitting not so much as it is a little more complex. Nothing a few Youtube videos couldn’t fix though!!
For this activity, all you will need is a crochet hook/knitting needles (sizing depends on your wool), wool/yarn of your choosing, and optional stitch marker, yarn needle, or embroidery floss depending on the project.
Check out the knitting and crocheting section of the Pinterest board for fun and simple project ideas!!
- Cross Stitching/ Embroidery $$
Cross Stitching and embroidery are very similar in the type of things you can make, but they are very different when it comes to the look and aesthetic of a finished product. Both types of stitching can be used to create beautiful and intricate artworks and they require very similar materials so they are relatively interchangeable.
For this activity, you will need an embroidery hoop, fabric (use one of these for cross-stitch), a needle (preferably a thinner one for embroidery especially), embroidery floss.
Check out the cross-stitch and embroidery section of the ‘hobbies to take up in isolation’ Pinterest board for some project ideas!!
- Bracelet making $
Bracelet making is a great activity to try because you barely need any supplies, and there are plenty of other projects you can make that fall under the same name like bookmarks, keyrings, and wallhangings!
All you’ll need is embroidery floss, sticky tape, and a flat surface! (I find using a clipboard, that I cut stilts in the bottom of, is a great option if you need it to be portable or the project is taking a little longer than you would like having string stuck to your desk! It is also a great way to organise your strings when working)
Check out the bracelet-making section of the ‘hobbies to take up in isolation’ Pinterest board for some project ideas!!
- Sewing $$$
Sewing is a great option if you are interested in making your own clothes, bags, or even pillows, but sewing machines can be quite pricey. Obviously, you could start with a cheaper option, and hand sewing is a great hobby too!
For this, you will need Fabric, a sewing machine/needle, sewing thread.
Here’s the sewing section of the Pinterest board with some project ideas!!
- Drawing $
Drawing is a great skill to have, and an enjoyable hobby too! Although it may look challenging, if you practice often you’re sure to find your style quickly and it’s heaps of fun!
All you’ll need to get started is some paper and a pencil/pen. But if you really love it, consider investing in more art supplies to play with.
Check out the drawing section of our Pinterest board for some inspiration!
- Photography $
Photography is another hobby that is extremely versatile and incredibly fun. As well as taking photos, you can also edit them in very creative ways or just with a filter to add a little something extra!
For this, you could just use your phone, a disposable camera, or a second-hand camera from an op-shop. You could also get a proper camera if you wanted!
We’ve got a photography section on our board for some filter ideas and creative photo setups!
- Mountain biking/ bike riding $$$
Mountain biking was huge last year (2020), and it still is! There are plenty of tracks and parks to check out, or you could even build some practice jumps in your backyard! Bike riding has always been popular, it can be a very efficient way to get places. But it can also be really exciting and challenging.
For this, you’ll need a bike (or a mountain bike) and a place to ride!
Look at the bike riding section for tips and inspiration!
- Skateboarding/ roller-blading ect. $$$
Roller-blading/skating has made a major come back in 2021 and skateboarding has always been relatively popular. Both activities/sports look very intimidating to start, but there are plenty of beginner tips, tricks, and tutorials to get you started for both.
You will need a skateboard or a pair of roller skates/blades and either a flat surface (like a quiet road or a basketball court) or a skatepark when you get better!
Here’s the skating section to get you started.
- Running/Swimming —
I know running or swimming may not seem like a ‘hobby’ at first, but you’ll be surprised at how enjoyable it can be. It’s good for your fitness, mental health and you may even have fun.
All you’ll need to run is you, a pair of good shoes and somewhere to run! To swim you’ll need swimmers and a deepish body of water.
Have a look at the running/swimming section for some tips and tricks.
- Pilates/yoga —
I know there’s a lot of stigma around pilates and yoga, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving it a go! Both are really good for your body and mind, and it can be extremely challenging as well! There are plenty of Youtube channels, and others blogs that walk you through routines from beginner to advanced, and some even have challenges for you to participate in!
All you’ll need is yourself, a routine to follow, enough space, but you may require other equipment for certain routines.
Here is our Pilates/Yoga section to get you started!
- Skipping/hula hooping $
Skipping and hula hooping may sound like all fun and games, and it definitely can ( here are some jump rope games) if you wanted it to be. But it is also really good for your cardio, and you can learn some really cool tricks and routines too.
You will need a skipping rope or a hula-hoop, yourself, and PLENTY of space away from other people and fragile objects.
Check out the Skipping and hula hooping section of our Pinterest board for some inspiration!
- Writing —
Writing is a great hobby to take up because it is so versatile, you could write poetry, stories, speeches, or even songs. It is also a great way to express yourself and your emotions using plots, characters, and situations. Remember all those fake situations you keep coming up with every night when you should be sleeping, well there’s your first story idea!
For this, all you’ll need is something you can write on/with, and an idea
Here’s the writing section for some ideas and tips!
- Online learning —
There are plenty of sites to get courses for free to learn skills and try something new. Or you can pay for courses if there is something really specific you want to give a go! You can learn about people skills, languages, potential career options, or even random hobbies to try!
Look on the Online learning section for some course ideas!
- Reading $
Although reading may seem boring, it’s possible that you’ve just been reading the wrong books (you know, the ones from the 14th Century that your teacher gives you). Once you find a type of book/genre that you really enjoy, reading can be one of the greatest things you do for your mind (it also helps with writing!).
All you’ll need is a good book and a comfy spot!
Here or our Top 10 favourite books for some ideas 🙂
Or there are some more recommendations in our reading section.
- An instrument $$$
Maybe you already play an instrument, or maybe you’re looking to try one out (or maybe you gave up in year 3). Either way, learning an instrument is a great way to spend your time, and it’s lots of fun too (depending on the instrument. Personally I would not recommend clarinet).
For this, you’ll need an instrument of choice, a song to play/a way to learn, and preferably a soundproof room (or the bottom of the garden) for when you’re just starting! (kidding :D) (Sort of)
Check out our Music section for some easy songs and tips to help you learn!
- Coding —
Coding is an awesome skill to have and it can help you find job opportunities if that is your focus! There are plenty of websites (this one is my favourite!) to learn any coding language you want, and heaps of free text editors to get you started (here’s the one I use).
All you’ll need is a laptop and a text editor!
Check out the coding section for some beginner projects and tips!
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Have you taken up any hobbies in isolation?