I'm an occasional freelance writer, who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Published April 2nd 2021
The unprecedented arrival of lockdown in an effort to curb the transmission of COVID-19 worldwide has seen a spike in people taking up new hobbies and pastimes.
While a lot of people, myself included, already had plenty of household crafts and activities to keep them entertained, there were many more who had nothing to do and had to find ways to keep themselves occupied while they were forced to remain at home and isolated.
Did you end up following the trend and do jigsaw puzzles to pass the time?
As a result, many companies that specialise in jigsaw puzzles, games, craft activities and books found themselves selling out of stock as people attempted to find things to do that weren't screen-based, and provided a sense of 'mindfulness'. There was also an emphasis on doing activities that expanded your intellect (like participating in brain-training exercises), and your creating abilities (like knitting and other crafts). Some people aimed to increase their skill-set while at home by watching how-to videos on YouTube, working on projects around the home and garden, and even restoring old cars.
For some people, the forced lockdowns were a blessing in disguise- they provided an opportunity to work on the garden, get that DIY project completed, finally organise the wardrobe or start that paint-by-numbers kit they got for Christmas a while back. The lockdowns forced people to slow down, consider their options and focus on something different.
But now that the threat of coronavirus is minimising (at least in Australia and New Zealand) and we are seeing some semblance of normalcy in our day-to-day lives, what is going to happen to our newfound hobbies and pastimes?
If we're no longer forced to stay at home and pass our time doing activities that broaden our mindsets and make us use our creativity, imaginations and hands, will we lose something important that actually benefited our health and well-being?
Garden maintenance and growing plants kept some people occupied during lockdown
There will certainly be people that continue with these activities- in fact, some lucrative people formed small side-businesses as a result of their creativity- but will others let their hobbies and pastimes fall to the wayside as their lives once again become busy and their once hectic schedules resume? Will people stop and take a moment for themselves once more and sit to do a jigsaw puzzle, or will the thought of it be relegated to 'that time during lockdown'?
There is no denying that going into lockdown was a challenge for many people, but if they are to relinquish any newfound hobbies due to again being time poor, then that could be just as harmful to their wellbeing.
Will you be continuing with any hobbies that you started during the last year or so? Or will those activities be banished into the 'Covid lockdown era'?