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20 fun hobbies to start while in self-isolation

Stay safe and keep yourself entertained during self-isolation by taking up of these great hobbies.

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If you need to self-isolate for health reasons, the days can start to feel tedious very quickly. Luckily, there are plenty of great hobbies out there that are guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours on end. Hobbies are a great way to develop new skills and could even give you a new and exciting way to bond with family members and friends. Plus, there are plenty of inexpensive options that are easy to kick start at home!

With that in mind, we’ve done some in depth research to help you choose the hobby that’s right for you. From mindfulness and creative outlets to exercising at home and beyond, our guide will take you through the very best hobbies to try out right now.


Woman doing yoga at home

1. Yoga

Yoga is a great exercise that can help you to clear your mind while increasing your muscle strength and flexibility. Some studies have even shown that practising yoga can have additional health benefits including improved respiration and cardiac and circulatory health.

With so many yoga tutorials accessible online, you can begin your workout at home, free of charge, as soon as you like. All you need to kickstart your journey is a good quality yoga mat.


Woman reading a book

2. Reading

Life is often too hectic to find the time to curl up on your sofa and invest in a good read. But now is the time to take advantage and catch up on those months of missed opportunities.

Whether you’re a massive horror fan, prefer a crime thriller or are a sucker for romance, there are loads of great titles to keep you entertained during your down time. There are also plenty of great bookstores that will let you browse online and get your new reads delivered to your doorstep.


Mom and daughter learning how to crochet

3. Knitting or crocheting

This one may sound a tad twee, but once you’ve gotten to grips with a basic stitch you’ll find the whole process extremely therapeutic. Add to that the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel once you have finished your first piece, and learning to knit or crochet is starting to sound a whole lot more enticing.

You’ll find some great how-to videos on sites like YouTube and can pick up wool and a set of needles for next to nothing at sites like Amazon, eBay or Spotlight.


Man writing

4. Creative writing

If you’re one of those people who always intended to write a novel but could never find the time to get started, now is your chance to seize the day. Who knows, you could even end up featuring on the next best seller list!

If you need some help getting started, there are plenty of creative writing lessons you can access through sites like Skill Share to get your creative juices flowing.


Man learning how to cook

5. Baking or cooking

Let’s face it, you’re stuck at home anyway, so you may as well give that 4-hour casserole a try. Wow your household with some top-grade cuisine or brave that new recipe to really challenge your culinary skills.

With plenty of grocery stores offering home delivery on all the ingredients you need too, and a plethora of cook books available online to help spark some inspiration it’s never been easier to spice up your midweek meals.


Woman and child gardening

6. Gardening

Whether you’re a natural green thumb or a bit of a novice, you’ll likely appreciate your outdoor space a lot more during self-isolation. So, why not take the opportunity to spruce it up?

All you need are some quality gardening supplies to get your landscaping project underway. Plus, if you’ve got little ones at home, they’ll love spending time outside with you while you educate them about nature too!


Man painting

7. Painting

It doesn’t really matter whether you’re the next Picasso or not, painting is still a fantastic creative outlet that can help to boost your mood when you’re feeling low.

Grab some art supplies and put paint to paper and see what happens. Or, if you’re really not feeling confident, try investing in a paint by numbers kit to easily create your own masterpiece.


Model doing a DIy frame art

8. DIY

Like most people, you probably have a long list of DIY jobs that you’ve been putting off for some time now. Tackle them head on and try to cross something off that list every day to give yourself a real sense of accomplishment.

If redecorating makes an appearance on your list, you can also check out our guide on sites to shop for homewares and decor.


Photographer doing a night photography

9. Photography

Be it selfies, cultural landscapes or family portraits, there’s an art to capturing the perfect snapshot to hang on your wall. If you fancy learning a little more about aperture, aspect ratio, burst modes and more, there’s no time like the present.

Check out some online photography courses to improve your technique or browse the online retailers helping you to upgrade your camera or lens.


Woman learning how to play the guitar

10. Learn an instrument

You might not think that you can learn an instrument without taking lessons from a tutor, but that isn’t the case. Many of the greats are actually self-taught, and with a little will power and patience you could be too.

You can find music tabs, sheet music and how-to videos all over the Internet, but if you want to purchase a book for beginners, you can find one at any reliable online bookstore.


Child learning a language

11. Learn a language

Whether learning a language is something you want to do for professional purposes or for personal reasons, there are plenty of online courses to get you started. In fact, we tried a whole bunch of them for ourselves and put together a guide on which sites to learn a language are best.

Although we can’t travel right now, we can stay positive and think about the future. By learning a language you can make your first trip out of lockdown that much better. There’s no need to be daunted by the prospect of learning a language, as even some basic conversational skills can be very helpful when you’re visiting a foreign country.


Woman playing jigzaw puzzle

12. Jigsaw puzzling

Jigsaws are fun for the whole family and can really bring yours together in this period of self-isolation. Whilst those of us with kids are in awe of their boundless energy, sometimes it would be nice to just gather around the dining table and complete a calming task.

Want to give it a go? See the retailers offering a wide range of jigsaw puzzles at competitive prices.


Woman scrapbooking

13. Scrapbooking

If you’ve been collecting mementos of your adventures for years on end, but have never gotten around to creating anything from them, now is your moment. Whether you’re looking to do something in solidarity or for something fun to fill the time with your little ones, scrapbooking is ideal.

You can use anything personal or treasured to create your scrapbook, and you don’t have to go out and buy a kit to get started either. All you’ll need is some coloured card and a trusty glue stick.


Man podcasting

14. Start a podcast

This one isn’t for the shy hobbyist, but it is an extremely popular pastime and can be lucrative too if you gain enough followers. You can create a podcast about almost anything from topical news and Q&A sessions to anecdotes from your day to day and movie reviews. Give it a try and see if you can drum up a following during self-isolation.

Check out our comparison of podcasting apps to see which one will work best for your preferred point of topic.


Woman blogging

15. Blogging

This one is similar to podcasting, though instead of using spoken language to get your point across, you put your opinion into written form. You can have fun making it as colloquial or formal as you like and there’s money to be made if you get enough regular readers interested in what you have to say.


woman doing pottery

16. Crafting

With all this time on your hands, it’s a good idea to get a little creative. Even though it seems a million miles away right now, Christmas will soon be knocking at your door, giving you all the more reason to start making homemade gifts or cards.

Plus, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to achieve something beautiful. Just clear out your drawers, see what you have lying around and go from there.


Man upcycling

17. Upcycling

Upcycling is one of the most popular hobbies around at the moment. It involves taking something old and giving it a new purpose or look. It can be something as simple as giving an old chest of drawers a fresh coat of paint or you can really get creative and transform an old ladder into a bookcase.

Looking for inspiration? You’ll find hundreds of upcycling ideas on sites like YouTube and Pinterest.


Genealogy works

18. Genealogy

Ever wondered where your family originated? Genealogy is a popular pastime all over the globe and this time in self-isolation could be well-spent tracking the lineage of your family.

There are plenty of online providers that can give you access to the historical documents you need to compose your family tree. MyHeritage and Ancestry are two of the most popular in Australia as they offer free trials to get you started.


Man gaming

19. Gaming

The modern gaming experience enables you to network with people from every corner of the globe and there are literally thousands of different immersive games to choose from. Whether you’re interested in action, adventure or roleplaying platforms, multiplayer gaming will give you that human connection you need right now, while fulfilling your need for escapism at the same time.

There are plenty of newbies out there right now trying their hand at this hobby and a bucket load of tutorials to help you build on your gaming skills too. If you’re struggling with which video game console would suit your preferred gaming style best, check out our video game console comparison.


Woman doing HIIT

20. HIIT exercising

Like the idea of getting ripped during lockdown? Why not give high intensity interval training a try? The idea behind this craze is that, by exercising in regular bursts with a short break between each exercise, you will burn fat more effectively both during and after the workout.

Ready to give it a go? There are plenty of HIIT videos to get you started, and once you’re confident with the format of the workout, you’ll even be able to create your own routines. What’s more, there are plenty of HIIT routines that don’t even require equipment, meaning this hobby will have no impact on your budget.


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