Why are we learning new hobbies during the lockdown?

Since quarantine started last March, a lot of us have been stuck at home. It’s been eight months being isolated from friends and family, and there’s a good chance we won’t be able to see any of them until next year.

In situations like this, we are forced to turn to ourselves. But there’s only so much you can do with your phone after several months in quarantine. The longer the lockdown, there more we saw people get into personal hobbies. We’ve seen several trends blow up on the internet — various individuals getting into baking bread and desserts, opening online shops, painting, cycling, working out more, the list is endless.

But what is this charm about hobbies and why are so many people trying out new things in lockdown? Here are a few reasons why:

1. Upskilling

As technology advances and opportunities get more competitive, it’s always good to upgrade skills need in the workplace. A lot of individuals have taken the quarantine lockdown as an opportunity to enroll themselves in short courses and certificate programs. There are a lot of free courses available on the internet, such as Skillshare and DOST’s free Coursera grants. If you don’t like the hassle of applications and such, there’s always YouTube!

2. Way of understanding ourselves more

Anyone can be artistic and creative if we allow ourselves to be. As we spend more time indoors, we’re also getting a taste of our true selves. Many of us grow up have passed up little hobbies and activities simply because we don’t have the money or time for it, or maybe we think we’re not good at it. Those who have the privilege to spend a little more time and money on themselves are discovering and trying new things that may or may not work for them.

3. Distraction from current events

Let’s be honest: the world’s headlines these days aren’t the most inspirational. There’s a lot of current events happening all over the world that can leave us feeling blue. By shifting our focus on our small hobbies, we’re distracting all the negatives thoughts inside our heads.

4. Loads of free time

If there’s one thing Filipinos don’t miss from what used to be out normal lives, it’s the fact that we don’t have to commute 2-6 hours a day. Now that we have a lot of free time to ourselves, it seems weird to be sitting idly at home. The extra hours and minutes that we’d used for commuting, working and all the in-betweens can now be substituted with time that can be used for other personal activities.

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