The pandemic has forced people to down their tools and isolate themselves at home. Loss of jobs and pay cuts have become the order of the day. This is a situation that has affected many people and having a job during this global emergency is a privilege rare to find.
While staying at home is essential to the global fight against the pandemic, the transformation from busy work life to staying at home doing absolutely nothing can be very boring. Even when you have a few house chores to attend to, you still have a lot of time left to yourself. You can’t go out with friends as you used to and you also cant travel a lot. So, what do you do at home all day long?
Skills you can easily learn at home during lockdown
So many things have changed during these pandemic times. Apart from the dark side of Coronavirus and all the troubles it has caused, the pandemic has also presented new opportunities. It is during self-quarantine moments that most people have discovered new hidden creative talents they have had all this while but never knew about.
In fact, don’t be surprised if you discover you have a talent that can actually earn you a living during this pandemic. Of course, there is fear and self-doubt for the first time. Or could it be the misconception that certain activities are only limited to the talented few? Well, regardless of your professional background, you still have an opportunity to uncover a hidden talent or find new ones. You see that hobby you had put aside due to busy schedules? That could be your hidden talent. Other talents easy to uncover talents during this pandemic may include the following:
Maybe you have been baking right from a tender age but have never thought of doing the same professionally. This is the time you fine-tune your baking skills and become the new pastry chef in town. If you are used to ordering muffins for breakfast and desserts, learn how to prepare them yourself. That local small speciality food store near you should have all the ingredients you need and the baking kit as well. Try everything you’ve wanted to but time won’t allow. If you aren’t sure about a certain recipe make Google and YouTube your friend. You can also ask a friend to email their recipe. Within a short time, you will have perfected your baking skills and made a sweet masterpiece. By the time the pandemic situation eases, you can even open your new bakery business.
Play the guitar
During this pandemic, there is no better way to genuinely transform your atonal strumming to a super sweet pleasant sound. Take advantage of self-quarantine to master the acoustic guitar. You can easily get a series of guitar tutorials online to help you get started. So, if you have a guitar at home or you know someone you can borrow from, don’t let that opportunity slide. Get back to class and soon you’ll be strumming like a legend.
If the only workout session you know is getting out of your bed, preparing for work and walking to the car, then, consider trying out some exercises now that you are home most of the times. Leading a sedentary lifestyle is not good for your health and can expose you to lifestyle health conditions. You don’t necessarily have to get an instructor in order to work out. With so many fitness studios streaming sessions online, it won’t be difficult to find one that suits your needs and start leading an active lifestyle even while at home.
Knitting is one of the easiest skill to learn thanks to its repetitive nature. The skill may look a little more like old-school especially to the young generation but it’s among the most mindful pursuits you will ever come across. After you have mastered the basic knit stitch, get some expert skills on ways to use colours and patterns to switch up the designs. By the time the lockdown eases, you will have become an expert with a number of scarves and sweaters to show off to your friends and workmates. But don’t show them off if you aren’t ready to make some for them because orders will definably come knocking.
If you love music and playing musical instruments, learning how to play the piano won’t only be educating but also lots of fun. If you don’t have one yet and would really love to start your piano-playing journey, consider investing in a good quality piano instead of renting or borrowing from friends. Getting a piano shouldn’t be a difficult task because it’s pretty easy to find a piano for sale both online and at brick-and-mortar local stores. A brand new one would be great but if the cost is not aligning with your finances, you can get a used one as long as it is well-maintained and it has all the features you need. But before you purchase a used one, get an expert to check its usability standard for you.
It’s time you mastered those unique dance moves you have seen probably in your favourite club. Of course, you know how to dance. However, improving from being a typical dancer to a great dance master would be amazing. The good thing about dancing is that it gives you a chance to have fun as you keep fit at the same time. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about someone seeing you as you learn. This is something you can do in the comfort of your home and try all the styles you have seen in the past. You’ll only dance in public when you are confident with your moves.
If you are lucky to have a patch of green space in your home during this lockdown, then purpose to be the caretaker. You may discover that you are a very good gardener who’s passionate about soil and plants. However, before you ruin your plants with poor maintenance, consider doing some research about the plants that thrive well in your area, how to take care of them and how to keep the soil healthy for more healthy produce. Maintaining your garden will see you create a beautiful space to relax and unwind during these uncertain times.
Make lemonade out of the pandemic
To be honest, the coronavirus pandemic has presented some very difficult situations that no one would have wished to experience in their lifetime. We miss getting back to our old lifestyles but this will only happen when the pandemic is over and this can take years. Therefore, it’s time we embraced the new normal and begin to look for other things to do to keep us entertained and if opportunity allows it, make some money. Don’t just stay at home idle feeling sorry for yourself. Make use of these ideas to get yourself a new talent. Discovering something new as an adult can be deeply fulfilling.