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Why You Should Learn These Ancient Hobbies While Stuck at Home

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.

crochet and calligraphy ancient hobbies

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 (Yarnspirations), 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 (Life Hack) 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.

woman crocheting circle


The art of calligraphy is also a deep part of human culture and has roots worldwide.

Like knitting, there are a number of free calligraphy resources available online – everything from YouTube tutorials to even free-to-print worksheets.

According to The Postman’s Knock, 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:

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?

woman practicing calligraphy

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?

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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