Isolating at home and maintaining social distance can be a challenge, but for most of us it has become an unavoidable way of life. With new COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines being made every day in most states, many people are seeking new ways to stay busy and keep their minds active while staying safe.
The good news is that there are plenty of options. You might decide to learn something new by taking a class online, or you might pick up a new hobby or practice one you already enjoy. If you play music, The Music Box has you covered for a private, 24-hour rehearsal space where you can get as loud as your instrument requires. If you can’t decide where to begin with your hobby, there are some factors to take into consideration.
Choose the right instrument
Playing music is a fantastic hobby for multiple reasons. Not only does it have cognitive benefits, but it’s also a fun way to boost your self-esteem. The right instrument is crucial, however, because playing music is often a physical endeavor. The drums and piano are two examples that require a lot of mobility, whereas the guitar allows the player to sit in a relaxed position. Take your physical abilities into consideration when choosing an instrument as well as your personal tastes, and think about which one might best suit your needs.
If you already play an instrument, consider learning some new skills. Use different tools, such as a capo for guitar or a double bass pedal on the drums. Expanding your skillset will challenge you in new ways and boost your confidence level as well. Look for online classes or tutorials that will help as you begin the process.
Go back to school
Your hobbies might hold other possibilities, such as providing a new career path. Going back to school and taking online classes will allow you to expand your knowledge on a particular subject from the comfort of your own home, and by the end of the program, you’ll have a degree that could lead to a lucrative career. For the computer-savvy, one popular option these days is a master’s degree in IT, which includes classes in information technology management, data analytics, and cybersecurity. Best of all, online classes make it easy to study anytime. Read up on your education options and how to get started.
If you’ve ever wanted to try a hobby in the creative arts, now is the time. Painting, drawing, sculpting, writing, and even cooking and baking are great ways to inject some creativity into your day, and there are a variety of options to choose from. Start by giving yourself the right tools for success, such as a sketchbook and pencils or bakeware that will allow you to make the cake of your dreams. Take a look at sites like Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration and ideas on how to get started.
Once your mind is taken care of, you can start focusing on your physical well-being. Think of ways you can get moving from the safety of your own home, such as dancing, practicing yoga, or even through chores. On nice days, get outside for a run or play with the dog in the backyard. Finding new ways to move your body will help you stay fit and can even boost your mental health at the same time.
Picking up a new hobby or skill takes time and patience, and it also requires the right tools from the beginning to prevent frustration. Start off on the right foot by ensuring you have everything you need to be successful and set some goals that will help you move forward as you stay safe.
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I'm the co-owner of The Music Box and a lifelong musician as a euphonium player. The son of a band director, alumnus of the University of Alabama and father of 3, I keep busy on my Peloton and managing multiple businesses.