With large parts of the planet on lockdown- and millions of people isolating or shielding themselves from the outside world- it’s fair to say that many of us will face boredom sooner or later as we scratch around contemplating what to do with our spare time.
Sure, you can binge watch the latest Netflix series, but what happens when you’re all out of box sets? Well, what better time to try something new?
With plenty of time on our hands, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the new hobbies and skills you could learn over the next few weeks and months…
Learn a new language
Stuck in a room with nowhere to go? Why not consider learning a new skill that will benefit you both socially and professionally for years to come?
Businesses are always looking for multilingual members of staff and it can considerably boost your earnings. Not only that, learning a new language is particularly useful when travelling or living abroad, helping you to do everything from ordering in a restaurant to embedding yourself in the culture more than ever.
There are a plethora of apps and online tools available that can help you learn a new language, and there are also plenty of communities online that can offer the support and encouragement you might need.
Develop your poker skills
While sport around the globe is on hold, online casinos are thriving as we seek out exciting places to appease our inherent need for thrills.
Developing poker skills and enjoying a game that you can play with others is not only handy because it can keep you entertained, it’s also useful for developing cognitive skills- and that’s not even mentioning the impact it can have on your bank balance too!
There are some great new casino sites around which offer many different poker variants, whilst the likes of roulette and blackjack can be played at all online casino platforms- and playing these titles is said to be beneficial for the brain.
Try out a new hobby
It’s not just in the virtual realm where you can develop new skills either, why not try to make the most of this situation by learning a new craft or hobby?
Painting, stitching, woodwork- and many other arts and crafts- are perfect for working on at home, whilst teaching yourself how to play an instrument can also be a great source of entertainment.
What’s more, with YouTube you can find tutorials for almost anything, as long as you’ve got the materials you’re all set.
Become an expert chef
With many of us working from home and cutting down commuter time, there’s no excuse to not get in the kitchen and start cooking.
Whether you’re a novice or expert chef, it’s the perfect opportunity to experiment with food, swapping the ready meals for fresh food.
Of course, some ingredients have been harder to come by, from bread to milk, eggs and meat, but that only means you need to become even more inventive!
Grow your own food
Alternatively, you can look at getting into your garden and growing your own food.
With Spring now here, enjoy some fresh air in your own space and get planting, whether that be a complete rethink of your garden or beginning to nurture a vegetable patch.
While the returns won’t be immediate, not like a winning hand in poker anyhow, over time you’ll have your own stock of fruit and veg, saving the trip to the supermarket and any potential battle over potatoes!