2020 has been a tough year so far, and it looks to stay that way for a while. Instead of hiding at home, though, it’s important to adapt to the new normal and do what you can safely.
While many hobbies and activities have had to stop, there are others which are safe to do. Hobbies are really important for your mental and physical health; they are a way for you to connect with your passions, they help you to stay active, mentally and physically and can relieve stress by keeping you engaged in something you enjoy. They also help you to relax and get excited about activities that aren’t related to work, responsibilities or COVID, and they help you develop new skills and knowledge.
While the COVID-19 virus is primarily spread from person to person through respiratory droplets released into the air when talking, coughing, or sneezing, there are still activities you can do safely.
First of all, you are safer outdoors because you’re sharing less air than you would indoors and fresh air is constantly moving, dispersing these droplets. So, you’re less likely to breathe in enough of the respiratory droplets containing the virus that causes COVID-19 to become infected. Being outside offers other benefits, too. It offers an emotional boost and can help you feel less tense, stressed, angry or depressed.
So, what activities can you do?
Kayaking, Boating and Sailing
It’s so great to get out on the water, and while it’s cold in the winter, you can still brave it and put on a wetsuit and some layers and enjoy the water.
These sports can be enjoyed by yourself or at a safe distance from others, so they are a great option during these COVID times. There are plenty of places where you can hire boats, but if you do want to invest in one, then you can find boat storage sheds to keep your boat in when you’re not using it.
Walking, Running and Hiking
Another great hobby to take up, it’s good for your fitness and even better than that it’s free too. Plus you get to explore new places and appreciate your country.
Suppose you fancy something a little faster and more challenging then why not treat yourself to a pair of rollerblades and get out down your local park. With so many skate parks around as well, you can really challenge yourself to hills and jumps.
All you need is a bike, and then the rest is up to you. You could start cycling to places when you go out or simply go on bike rides in the countryside to explore new places and enjoy the fresh air.
Fishing is an extremely relaxing hobby and can be so good for your mental health. Not only do you get time outside but you spend time by yourself, which can be so peaceful and good practice of mindfulness.
There are also plenty of hobbies you can do from the safety of your own home, such as learning to knit or sew or learning flower arranging. Both are useful skills to have, as well as being fun to learn.