With lockdown, many of us are running out of ideas for how to stay engaged and occupied. Just because you’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean you have to binge-watch yet another season of Suits. Even though times are stressful, we’d like to present a few creative ways to chill at home and make the most of a rocky 2020.
Pick Up a Hobby
You’ve likely read that people are flocking to hobbies to help pass the time during a lockdown, embracing common pursuits such as painting, knitting, or bread baking. These are great hobbies to take up but very few people will stick with a hobby unless they truly enjoy it.
If you want to put your idle hands to work but want to choose a hobby you know you’ll stick with, pick up something that has roots in who you are as a person. Do you write copy for a living, but always thought you might enjoy penning fiction? Why not try your hand at a short story?
Have you always enjoyed cars, reading deeply into the performance and engine specs before making a purchase? Why not try to fix up a car engine or upgrade your car’s performance. Everyone has some passion or interest that can be turned into a hobby.
Try a Little CBD
Cannabis is legal in Canada and many US states, so why not enjoy some infused-tea blends or cannabis edibles by OlliBrands to unwind at the end of a long day?
No one says you should be smoking on the couch with your hand in a bag of Doritos, but CBD-infused cannabis tea blends have been proven to reduce stress, curb anxiety, and even relieve pain without the classic “stoner” side effects.
While it would be wrong to suggest that every known expert swears by CBD, there is a considerable majority of doctors and medical experts who rave about its uses and benefits. Here are some of the research-backed benefits of CBD to consider:
- Nausea relief
- Reduction of anxiety
- Feelings of relaxation without the paranoia of THC
- and more
Most users anecdotally describe their use of CBD as having a “relaxing” or “calming” effect. They single out CBD’s ability to soften intrusive negative thoughts and offer up a feeling of sereneness.
Watch the Right TV
While we’ve already recommended not binge-watching mindless TV, not all streaming content is bad. With the right streaming service, you have access to some of the best documentary and art films ever made. And you can see them all without leaving your home.
A documentary streaming service like Hulu will allow you to see top documentaries such as Spaceship Earth, the story of eight volunteer researchers who in 1991 locked themselves inside a greenhouse for 2 years to determine whether humans could build their own self-sustaining ecosystem. Spoiler alert — the experiment was considered a disaster, but the documentary is interesting because it examines why.
If you’re looking for great art films, consider the MUBI streaming service; it gives you access to arthouse greats by Truffaut, Goddard, Jodorowsky, Tarkovsky, and others, while also offering a “Special Discovery” series, which “presents hand-picked films from established directors and introduces some of the most talented filmmakers emerging on the scene.”
If you need inspiration for what to do with another day stuck indoors, we hope this list inspires you to get to it. Good luck!