Dorothy from the Wizard Oz famously said “There’s no place like home” and, during lockdown and the restrictions placed on our movement as a result, many of us are spending more time at home than we ever have before. There’s no reason for this period of hibernation to be boring though and there are plenty of activities you can do at home that will keep you engaged and occupied until the world opens up again. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
During the pandemic homemade bread has proven (pun intended) to be a source of comfort to many. The process can in itself be therapeutic giving you something to do with your hands if you’re anxious and when you’re done, you have a lovely loaf of bread to eat with the sense of satisfaction that comes from making something yourself. So popular did baking become that at one point you couldn’t buy flour anywhere! Thankfully, flour seems to be widely available again ready for any budding bread makers out there to get stuck in.
Even if you’re not the most talented with needle and thread, cross stitch is a great easy way to keep your hands busy and focus on something other than what is going on in the news. You can purchase starter kits complete with everything you need to create your own work of art. Many of these kits come with step-by-step instructions on which colour thread to use for each stitch and a photo of what the finished product will look like. If you want to keep it bookish, you could even look at cross stitching your own bookmark with your favourite literary quote.
Write a Novel
OK, so writing a novel isn’t exactly an easy or quick thing to do. Some of the greatest works of fiction we have today took years, sometimes decades to complete. Nevertheless even War and Peace started life as a first draft and who’s to say your creation couldn’t go on to become a celebrated piece of literature in its own right some day? Why not start with a short story or poem to stretch your writing muscles and build on that to create longer pieces over time.
Find a Penpal
The art of letter writing has largely been lost in the age of social media but the fact remains there is something special about reading a handwritten letter or note someone has taken the time and thought to send out to you. You don’t need to exchange long letters with your penpal, a simple postcard with some words of encouragement can give them a boost and you just might find a new friendship that will last for years to come. Please do be careful who you share your address with however; use a trusted penpal matching site rather than reaching out directly to strangers online.
We know our lovely subscribers enjoy nothing more than a good book and the great thing about reading is that you can do it pretty much anywhere including from the comfort of your own home. Why not use this period of lockdown to tackle a hardback you’ve avoided carrying around with you worried you might damage it and read it from cover to cover cosied up in comfy clothes with a hot drink? Sounds heavenly.
Written by Rachel Matthews