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Indoor Hobbies and Activities and Their Underlying Health Benefits

In these unprecedented times, we are encouraged more and more every day to do one seemingly simple task: stay at home. But as weeks pass, it becomes harder and harder to entertain ourselves, and it becomes easier and easier to find ourselves stuck in the movie watching, video gaming, and endless snacking rut. We’ve put together a short list of indoor hobbies and activities to try if you’re looking for something new and exciting to help you pass the time!

 

Arts and Crafts: Do you have a stack of adult coloring books that have been accumulating dust? Don’t worry, me too. They were really popular! Taking some time to sit down and color inside the lines (or outside, we don’t judge) is a great way to step away from your electronic screens and re-center. According to MiNDFOOD, using the right side of your brain and getting in touch with your artsy side can help relieve stress, boost confidence, increase empathy, and enhance brain productivity. Painting, drawing, coloring, sculpting, or scrapbooking are all activities that will get your creative juices flowing from the comfort of your home!

 

Self-Care: Having lots of time indoors provides ample opportunities to increase your weekly or daily self-care routine. “Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health” (PsychCentral). This can include taking a bath, doing yoga, chatting virtually with a friend, or simply deep breathing. Self-care has no definitive method and no right or wrong answer. It is all about doing what makes you feel happy, calm, and centered. Health benefits of self-care include increased productivity, reduced stress, and even a boosted immune system according to Cratejoy.

 

Get Active: I’ll tell you: my work from home setup has direct visual access to my candy shelf, and boy has that taken its toll. It’s incredibly easy when staying at home for days or weeks on end to get into a lull of laying on the couch and aimlessly eating potato chips. One of the most beneficial things we can be doing during this time at home is continuing to move our bodies and staying active in any way we can. Not only is this helpful for maintaining physical health, but it is immensely important to your mental health as well. According to Walden University, incorporating exercise into your daily routine can decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as increase self-esteem and self-confidence.

There are plenty of ways to get active from the comfort of your own home. Dancing around the house to your favorite tunes gets the body moving while increasing endorphins. In addition to this, there is no shortage of free workout videos available online to try. Most require no equipment at all besides your own body. You can also get some fresh air and get your heart pumping outside as long as you’re practicing safe social distancing guidelines. Taking your dog for a walk outside, going on a hike, or riding your bike with your kids can all be safe and efficient ways to exercise outdoors.

 

Learn a New Skill: With the additional free time we are experiencing, there has never been a better time to pick up a new skill. Learning how to speak a new language or play a new instrument can provide mental stimulation as well as boost brain power and improve memory. These are skills you can take with you beyond the quarantine with an incredible feeling of accomplishment. Personally, my baking and cooking skills are minimal (okay, okay, non-existent), so I’m using a portion of my time at home to focus on trying new recipes with healthier ingredients. It gives me quality time for myself away from my phone or computer and allows me to create something that I can be proud of.

 

While this list is minimal considering all the possible activities you can do at home, hopefully it gives an idea or two of something new you can try to pass the time. No matter how you’re spending your time at home, though, please continue to stay safe and healthy out there!

 

Sources

https://www.mindfood.com/article/the-benefits-of-arts-and-crafts/

https://psychcentral.com/blog/what-self-care-is-and-what-it-isnt-2/

https://www.cratejoy.com/box-insider/why-is-self-care-important-and-the-benefits/

https://www.waldenu.edu/online-bachelors-programs/bs-in-sychology/resource/five-mental-benefits-of-exercise

 

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