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Fun New Skills You Can Learn At Home During Coronavirus Quarantine

Fun New Skills You Can Learn At Home During Coronavirus Quarantine

Take the meaning of indoor fun to a new level

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Being stuck indoors might feel like a bummer, but if you’ve got the time and patience, a moment spent indoors presents the perfect opportunity to master fun, new skills. Whether you’re hoping to use free online workout classes to become a future trainer or you’re following online cooking courses in hopes of becoming the next Food Network star, here are skills you can learn without leaving your home.

 

Cooking

Cooking

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Step aside, Alton Brown. One of the perks of having more time at home is mastering your cooking skills. Take your eggs to the next level, make a restaurant-style burger or stir up some creamy mac and cheese. No matter what recipe you choose, knowing how to whip up everything from the basics to Michelin-quality meals is a beneficial skill.

A new language

A new language

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According to the Dana Foundation, an organization dedicated to neuroscience research, knowing a second language has been shown to improve memory, enhance conflict management skills and increase the ability to multitask. So pull out those old college notes, download an app or purchase an online course and learn a language you love. And when you have some downtime, immerse yourself in the language with a foreign film or music.

Sewing

Sewing

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When you finally decide to organize your home and tackle the pile of clothes in your closet that’s grown into a miniature monster, don’t toss those socks and shirts that have become holey. Learn to mend them. We might think of sewing as a trick our grandmother knew, but it’s a useful skill that comes in handy with both old and new material. And after you’ve mastered the skill, you can donate the goods you’ve created as an act of kindness.

How to play an instrument

How to play an instrument

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Thanks to online classes and free lessons on apps like YouTube, you can learn to play your favorite songs from the comfort of your home. Lessons are available for beginner to intermediate players, so dust off that instrument in your garage and get to playing.

Woodworking

Woodwork

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You can make a myriad of fun creations with wood, like carvings, furniture and, for animal lovers, birdhouses. Learning woodwork is also important if you want to become the handyman, or woman, around the house.

Coding

Coding

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Computer programming is one of the highest-paying jobs that doesn’t require a Bachelor’s degree. So even if you didn’t go to college for computer science, you can still take advantage of this trade in the job world. Begin by choosing a computer language you’d like to learn, like HTML or CSS, and enroll in online courses or order a few books to get started.

Painting

Painting

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Pick up a paintbrush and let your imagination run wild on the paper. Painting is also an excellent activity for the entire family, so get everyone involved when you create your masterpiece. 

Juggling

Juggling

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You’ve probably seen someone juggling at your favorite theme park and wondered how they managed to learn such a cool skill. Now you can too, all without leaving your home. A few apples you don’t mind dropping or an old pair of socks will work perfectly in place of what the pros use.

Baking

Baking

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Whether you’re an amateur baker in need of a few ingenious hacks or Betty Crocker, honing your baking abilities is a useful skill you can master from your kitchen. Bake up delicious homemade cookies, or leave everyone’s mouth watering with gooey cinnamon rolls.

Yoga

Yoga

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Doing yoga stimulates your mind and body and gives your muscles a much-needed stretch.  Become a morning person and begin your day by following along with an online video, or end your day with a quick routine. And if you want to stay in touch with family and friends or a gym buddy minus the gym part, start a virtual yoga class where you work out all at the same time.

Breadmaking

Breadmaking

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Imagine biting into a delicious homemade sandwich and realizing it tastes so wonderful because you baked the best bread in town. You can make this dream come true from the comfort of your kitchen. Learning to bake bread takes time and energy, but once you’ve mastered the skill, you can make anything from hot buns to monkey bread. And once you’re done baking your creation, join the online trend of posting images on your social accounts. ​​

Meditating

Meditating

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Meditation is the perfect way to relax your mind, calm anxieties and boost your mood.

Candle making

Candle making

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Lighting a candle and settling into a warm bath is one of the best ways to silence the world around you when you’re in need of a little “me time.” Luckily, you won’t need to make a trip to the store to create this scene of serenity. Candle making is a hobby you can start with a DIY kit. Find an online market with your favorite scents and create candles from your living room.

Gardening

Gardening

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With the arrival of spring comes the perfect time to get your hands dirty and plant that home flower or vegetable garden you’ve always wanted. Begin with tomatoes or marigolds if you’re a rookie gardener or follow these gardening tips for beginners if you have no idea where to begin.

Dancing

Dance

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Dancing is good for your mind and body. It gets your blood pumping all while stimulating your brain’s reward centers. So blast your favorite track and get to moving. And if you want to stay hip with the latest trends or keep up with your children, there’s always a new dance routine circling on the internet that’s fun to learn.

Cosmetology

Cosmetology

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Learn the art of beauty all from your own home. Tired of dark circles or cracked winter skin?  Learn the ins and outs of healthy skin regimens and the best foods for healthy, glowing skin. In desperate need of a haircut? Purchase a wig online that you can practice on before taking scissors to your own hair. Or hit up YouTube for all the makeup tutorials you could want.

Chess

Learn to play chess

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A game of chess challenges you to put your mind to the test and rely on problem-solving skills. Playing chess has also been proven to decrease the risk of dementia.

Origami

Origami

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To learn origami — the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes — all you’ll need is paper. Clean out your office and use old printing paper or find old documents in the kitchen drawer you never think to clean out and get started.

Photography

Photography

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You don’t need to be near a majestic mountain or hiking in a national park to take magazine-worthy photos. You can become a photographer by capturing nature in your front and backyard. If you’re living with family, have them strike a pose so you can capture a few priceless moments, and if you live on your own, try setting an automatic timer and taking photos of yourself.

Photo editing

Photo editing

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If you’re giving photography a try, photo editing is an important skill to pair with the craft. Invest in professional photo-editing software like Adobe Photoshop, or try free online photo-editing software if you want to create art on a smart budget.

Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking

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Most photos are taken using our phones nowadays, but if you have a printer, you can create a scrapbook of memories. Use your artistic skills to decorate pages dedicated to graduations, weddings and birthdays. Everyone will enjoy looking at your artistic creation and reflecting on fond memories.

Pottery

Pottery

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Whether you just saw the movie “Ghost” and were suddenly inspired or you’re searching for a new artistic skill to add to your arsenal, pottery is an enjoyable craft you don’t have to leave your home to master. You’ll need oven-safe clay, an oven and your own imagination to create beautiful products. And if you suddenly find yourself enthralled by pottery, consider turning the crafty hobby into a small business.

Building miniatures

Building miniatures

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You might not be able to take scenic train rides or a road trip across the nation, but with store-bought kits or Legos, you can create miniature trains and cars. If you and your children are fans of Barbie, you can also build miniature dollhouses to create the perfect Barbie world.

Upcycling

Upcycling

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Learning to upcycle is an excellent way to be more sustainable in your everyday life while reducing your carbon footprint. Repurpose old boxes and make a new space for books or turn old CDs and DVDs into wall art.

Rebuilding electronics

Rebuilding electronics

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Some founders of the biggest businesses in the world were known for tinkering around with electronics in their homes and creating something magical. Channel your inner Bill Gates and Steve Jobs by purchasing DIY kits to try at home, or by disassembling an old product — like a radio — and rebuilding it.

Astronomy

Astronomy

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There are plenty of astronomical events that happen every year that are worth watching. Learn where to find constellations or just do a bit of general research to learn about the stars and the galaxies. If you want to keep things simple, set an alarm each morning to capture a beautiful sunrise.

Calligraphy

Calligraphy

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Use a classic dip pen or brush pen and learn to create beautiful handwriting by mastering calligraphy. Just one look at the gorgeous print and you’ll want to leave your cellphone in the dust in favor of handwritten letters.

Ornithology

Ornithology

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Ornithology, or the study of birds, can be done from your front porch or your backyard. Snag a pair of binoculars and discover the birds that flock in your trees and bushes. You’ll be the talk of the house when you can point at a flying bird and identify its name and origins.

Writing

Writing

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Whether you choose fiction, poetry or nonfiction as your genre of choice, writing is a fun skill anyone can pick up if they have a computer or pen and paper. And if you fall in love with the craft, freelancing for magazines or submitting your work to online competitions is a side job that can earn you extra cash.

Interior design

Interior design

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Rearrange the furniture or redecorate the layout of common areas — like the kitchen and bathroom — to practice your interior design skills. Maybe start by learning how to make your bedroom a more relaxing place. Playing around with your in-home design is a fun thing to do if you’re spending more time at home.

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