Oh, isolation! You have been such a bittersweet way of life over the past couple of months. Some days it’s been pretty tricky trying to maintain focus and motivation. There have been moments where I have caught myself staring blankly at the wall and, ok I’ll admit it, yesterday I watched my cat sleep for 45 minutes.
But amongst all of this, there have been moments of inspiration and enthusiasm, moments of appreciation and excitement for all the things I’ve learned. So I thought I’d put together a little list of activities that I really enjoyed doing with my extra time. I plan on adopting these new hobbies and taking them with me into the next phase of this new way of living.
1. TWJC BOOKCLUB
“Let’s come out of isolation with broader minds, bigger hearts and more open imaginations thanks to the books we’ve devoured” - Jamila.
Our lovely friends Clare and Jamila from Tea With Jam And Clare teamed up with Readings to host a fun and intellectual digital book club! This space supports escapism via the pages, offering a platform to unpack your experience with a group. What a perfect incentive to curl up on the couch with a pot of tea and read a few books. Simply join the Facebook group Quarantine With Jam And Clare to find out how to get involved.
Have you got an old instrument collecting dust in a cupboard somewhere? How about that time you bought a harmonica when you were in New Orleans and convinced you were going to join a blues band and stay there forever? Get it out, jump on YouTube and find yourself a tutorial. There are so many amazing artists wanting to share their skills with you. What have you got to lose?
3. ORGANISE YOUR CLOSET
This may be a complete bore for some and spark all kinds of Marie Kondo joy for others. Either way, it very likely needs to be done.
Crockd is the sweetest new company on our radar right now. They supply all you need to make unique handcrafted pottery at home. Not only that, but the kits also come with thought-provoking conversation starter cards to help facilitate healthy chats with your mates. Crockd is all about supporting one another through life’s ups and downs. That a fantastic way to get deep with the people around you while getting mud under your fingernails. Not to mention you get to keep some of your very own pottery to brag about.
5. BUILD A TERRARIUM
A great activity if you’ve got bored children. You may already have some of the items you need laying around the house and garden. A few succulents and some toy dinosaurs and you can create your very own mini Jurassic Park. Pinterest has some amazing ideas if you need a little push.
6. MAKE A PLAYLIST
Of all your favourite old skool jams. Put it on LOUD and bust a move. Or you could even go one step further and choreograph a dance. The combination of music and dance have such a profound effect on the brain. The endorphins you release could be the emotional liberation your mind is craving today. Here is a great article on how movement affects your mood.
7. WRITE A LETTER
As someone who has lived abroad there is nothing that gets me quite as excited as receiving a handwritten letter from an old friend. It can be so hard to maintain meaningful friendships with people who live so far away and sending a message on Facebook just doesn’t have the same effect. If you’re feeling stifled for content because life is slow you can try recounting fun memories, draw a little comic, send them a silly photo of yourself. The smallest gesture sent in the mail can be the greatest gift, and the process for you could be really therapeutic.