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Articles > Coronavirus May, 04, 2020

Hobbies to Relieve Stress during Lockdown

Francesca Di Franco
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Given our current global state, you may find yourself, like many others, trapped inside and trying to find purpose in life. Consequently, you might have become glued to technology screens, whether that be scrolling through social media or binging on the latest Netflix series. But is this the best way to spend your lockdown?

Having been in lockdown for almost two months now, I have come up with some simple, effective and enjoyable hobbies that can get you out of bed and off the couch!

1. Cooking and baking

Whether you’re in lockdown with friends/family/partners or spending it alone, cooking is a great way to pass the time and can easily integrate into any part of your day.

Have you ever wondered: ‘am I hungry or just bored?’ Well, it doesn’t matter; making something sweet or savoury in the kitchen is a sure way to cure one or both of these! And getting inspiration for what to cook is just as easy. Why not dust off some of those old cook books or crack open your laptop and start Googling.

Always wanted to try and make cinnamon rolls? Lockdown is your time to shine!

2. Yoga

Looking for an exercise regime that you can actually stick to? Something that will leave you aching the next day (but not left completely immobilised)? Want an activity that you can start without the need of a physical instructor? Look no further, because yoga is the answer.

Nowadays, you can access yoga sessions from across the internet – whether it be through online channels like YouTube or via apps, there’s plenty of videos out there to get you started.

Check out:

*Down Dog are currently offering free premium access to all students until July (requires a valid student email).

3. Gardening (garden not required)

That’s right, you don’t need a garden to be a gardener.

There are so many fruits, vegetables and flowers that you can easily harvest the seeds from and then grow from scratch yourself – peppers, tomatoes and beans are a good place to start.

Plus, you don’t need any ‘proper’ plant pots to do this either! There’s so much plastic waste these days, that you can simply delve into your recycling and craft you own pot from a used egg carton or yogurt pot. You’ll soon have your own little vegetable patch and come out of this lockdown with a green finger!

4. Painting

Odds are, somewhere in your home you’ve got old paints stashed away; when better to reintroduce some colour and creativity into your life than in lockdown? And you don’t need a canvas to start painting. Why not get creative with an old t-shirt or perhaps if you’ve already started on your vegetable patch, then you could paint some of your newly crafted plant pots.

What’s brilliant about all of the above is that regardless of whether you live in a house, flat, farm, boat or any other accommodation, you can (to an extend) do any or all of these activities. And on a limited budget. The only thing you need is space.

The enjoyment and purpose you will get in return for doing something new with your time will be well worth it. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a new obsession to spend your time on for the next few months, I hope you get lots of entertainment out of these.


Do you have your own suggestions for lockdown hobbies? Tell us below in the comments section.

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  1. Rania

    I think that art would be a best way of de-stressing yourself as you have to concentrate on the colours you are using and what to put where. I love to paint in my free time.

  2. Pari

    I think that this article is super useful and gives excellent ideas. Seeing this made me want to bake so I’ve gone and bought new ingredients to bake. The plan is to make coffee flavoured chocolate chip cookies!

  3. Honey

    I think that hobbies for lockdown are great and it so amazing to have time to learn a new skill but I also think it is a good time to slow down and relax for a while because it may be the only chance to reflect of your life so far 🙂

  4. Aisha

    I think these are a brilliant idea. I’ve been enjoying Yoga and drawing a lot recently especially in this lockdown period. I love doing Yoga with Adriene videos too 🙂

  5. Heidi

    I think these are good ideas to keep you busy during lockdown, relieve stress and take your mind off corona virus and try to forget a pandemic stressing you out. Taking your dog for a walk is also relaxing. Playing board games with family is also something entertaining.

  6. Neve

    I think the best part about lockdown is spending time thinking about ourselves and our mindset. This helps us, especially me, feel grateful about how far I have become and what I need to improve on. Also personal hygiene is very important. I think we can use this period of time to our advantage whilst staying safe.

  7. Molly Sewell

    I think they are great ideas!!

  8. Bisrat

    I think every body should do what makes them comfortable what makes you feel good and makes you feel like your old self if working out or doing yoga any thing productive just do it . for me working out is my thing just find yours and I just hope you just get through what ever you going through

  9. Ramita

    I think that reading a book such as “the kite runner” would be a great way to pass time and destress it is truly an amazing book!

  10. Vespa

    I think…this is a good writing and helpful good up keep it up

  11. Zaffeyq

    I think cooking and baking are most suitable for us since when cooking and baking we can also show our feelings on that food..Yeah I ❤️ you baking

  12. Eloise

    I think…the best thing to do is exercise and get outside in nature to boost your mood

  13. Max norris

    Those are some good ideas

  14. Molly Sewell

    im an art student so painting is good for lockdown, espcecially things that people like

  15. Harry do franco

    It’s amazing. I love Harry. Daniel is short. Huge fan of this amazing blog keep up the good work

  16. TAHIRU JONAH

    I think…Reading and writting in rehersal ahead would be the best option. As an INFJ i`m much particle about reaching out and changing lives through my writthings.

  17. Phynux Desmond

    I think the best things to do during this lock down is personal hygiene and excercise and also eating of good foods and taking lots of water and to be careful with what you touch and play with and to be always making use of Nose mask when going out and washing of hands under runing water or by using hand sanitizer or alcohol base and coughing under your elbow and desposin of toilet trolls in the waste bin’s