The global pandemic of COVID-19 has left the world uncertain and uneasy. It’s the perfect time to learn something new.
Social norms have changed dramatically, and for many people, it feels like life has been put on pause.
With everyone being encouraged to self-isolate and stay at home, it can be frustrating for those who miss going out and socializing.
In fact, it can be frustrating for anyone – even those who consider themselves homebodies.
So, what can you do to pass the time that’s both productive and fulfilling?
When you think about it, this is the perfect opportunity to pick up a hobby (old or new) and even try to learn something different.
Instead of looking at self-isolation as a negative thing, it should instead be viewed as an opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery.
Here are two ancient hobbies that you should consider picking up, not only because they can produce beautiful results, but also because they will help you get through this trying time.
Knitting and Crocheting
Did you know that the art of knitting can be dated as far back as ancient Egypt?
That means that if you learn how to knit, you will actually be participating in a tradition that has been a part of human culture for thousands of years – which is kind of amazing to think about.
Because knitting and crocheting have been around for so long, there are already a ton of free learning resources out there, as well as free patterns to follow.
It also means that there are many different styles and techniques to learn, which is exciting.
As long as you have the right tools, you can create all sorts of things from hats, scarves, sweaters, stuffed animals, to even home décor.
It’s actually been proven that knitting and crocheting help with reducing stress and that it also functions as a kind of meditation.
That’s why it’s a great hobby to learn during a time of great stress and anxiety.
The art of calligraphy is also a deep part of human culture, and it has roots around the world.
Like knitting, there are a number of free calligraphy resources available online – everything from YouTube tutorials to even free-to-print worksheets.
Learning calligraphy also has similar benefits to knitting: it’s good for your mental health and is also a therapeutic way of distressing and clearing your mind.
There are so many lovely things you can do with calligraphy:
Make invitations (for when you can party again)
Create calligraphy art
Show off to your friends
Watching someone do calligraphy can be almost as calming as actually doing it yourself.
Why not track your progress by taking videos and then sharing them online with your friends?
You Don’t Have to Learn By Yourself
If you have friends who are also struggling while stuck at home, why not ask if they’d like to pick up one of these hobbies with you?
You can chat about your progress and share tips and techniques.
Just because you can’t meet in person doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your progress together.
What other ancient hobbies are you interested to learn?