Back in March, facing two or more weeks off of school, work, and life in general, many people saw this newfound free time as an opportunity to explore some new hobbies that they hadn’t tried before. For some it was working out; for others, baking bread; others binged Netflix. There were countless ideas that people utilized to fill the time, and they took to them with the utmost motivation and enthusiasm.
Few could have predicted that those two weeks would turn into nine months of restrictions and counting. However, some people still stick to the hobbies that they started at the beginning. Others abandoned them months ago, but it still left them with some new skills.
So what were the most popular hobbies that people tried out?
1. Working Out
When people are looking to change their life for the better, one of the first places they start is with a new exercise routine. Of course, most gyms had just closed down, so people turned to online guides and YouTube videos. One exercise guru, Chloe Ting, was particularly popular. Her two-week-ab program attracted hundreds of thousands of people looking for a short-term plan with good results. Other people turned to running as a way to get out of the house safely and stay active with minimal equipment.
Many people took this new time to learn how to paint or draw. Paint-by-number kits, which are perfect for beginners, were an easy way for people with no experience to have a place to start. Online tutorials also provided a great way to learn. Homemade crafts, like jewelry-making, putting together photo collages, or scrapbooking, were also a great way to tap into your creative side.
3. Puzzles and Board Games
Puzzles in particular provided hours of entertainment to sharpen your skills. Board games brought families together who now had to spend most of their time with only each other as company. It’s always a ton of fun to crush your siblings at Monopoly or guess what your parents are acting out in Charades. And online versions of these games let people connect with their friends or family members who they couldn’t see in person.
Writing was a great way for people to pass the time. Some people started bullet journals, which are a way of organizing your schedule by incorporating art with it. They choose a theme for the month and stick with it, such as ‘fall’ for autumn months or ‘Christmas’ for December. Journaling allowed people to put their thoughts down in a single place. It can also help you keep track of the many online school assignments you have due!
Lots of people learned how to make homemade masks. This was a great way to keep yourself and others safe while showcasing your personality with fun colors and designs. Or, you could express your support for a political cause. Some people also tried knitting or tailoring their own clothes when they couldn’t go to the store to buy any.
Baking and cooking soared in popularity in the first few weeks of quarantine. Bread in particular was an interesting new culinary stable that people tried out. There were many recipes for people who found themselves stuck at home with extra time to prepare food. Instead of getting takeout every night, people had time to actually make a nice meal. Making cookies and other baked goods were a great way to spend a few hours with your family.
Perhaps the most popular of all, lots of people took this time to catch up on the shows that they had been putting off. With lots of newfound free time, people binged dozens of shows and watched countless movies. Some series, such as Tiger King, notably gained lots of notoriety at the beginning of quarantine. While many shows halted production to abide by COVID guidelines, there were hundreds of series already offered on a variety of streaming services.
What was your favorite quarantine time-passer?