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10 Hobbies People Are Enjoying in Quarantine

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UNCW chapter.

Since we’re all stuck at home indefinitely, many people have taken this time to focus on what makes them happy. Don’t get me wrong; if you haven’t learned a new skill or written a giant novel during quarantine, you should absolutely not feel bad. Sometimes, just getting through an extremely difficult situation (much like we are in right now) is enough. But if you are bored and need ideas for things to keep your mind occupied, I’ve compiled a list of hobbies that people have picked up (or continued) while social distancing.


Okay, you got me: this one is mine. While I’m still trying to focus on school and #gettingthatdegree, it’s nice to have something I can use to take my mind off things. Also, I recently tried acrylic pour painting, and it did not disappoint! It was super fun and extremely easy.

Latch Hooking

I personally have never tried latch hooking, but guys, it looks really fun. If you’re into arts and crafts, you might want to give latch hooking a try!


Ah, a book lover after my own heart. When you’re sitting at home with nothing to do, that’s the perfect time to read (or reread!) a new book. BRB, currently rereading the entire “Harry Potter” series.


If you’ve always wanted to knit but never knew how to, now is your chance to learn! Knitting is a great activity to keep your mind occupied while letting you express some creativity.


You can never have too much food, amirite? Maybe you’re a pro baker, or maybe you’ve always wanted to get better at it. Either way, you can use this time to practice those skills and maybe try some new recipes!


You guys. Coloring is a fan-tas-tic way to relieve stress (which we’re probably all feeling a bit of right now) without undertaking a huge craft project. Sit back with your favorite Netflix special and a glass of wine and color away!

Continued Learning

If you’re really feeling the urge to be productive, you can always learn a new skill through online classes. Sites like Coursera and Brit + Co are a great way to learn something new like graphic design or a foreign language! (Bonus: A lot of online courses are free on Coursera!)

The Sims

You remember “The Sims,” right? Well, people are really into it now that we have all this time at home. If you want to escape reality for just a little bit and mess around in a virtual world, why not give “The Sims” a shot?


Did I ever think I’d be learning how to embroider while sequestered in my home? Nope. Did I just order a beginner’s embroidery kit from Etsy? Yep. Seriously, you can create some really cute things with embroidery, and there are some cheap kits you can order from sites like Etsy and Amazon


Photography is a great creative outlet that allows you to notice the beauty around you, even in your own little environment! 

Elena is a friendly senior at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is currently majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Spanish. When she's not in class or napping, you can catch Elena working out at the gym, binge-watching medical dramas, or indulging her caffeine addiction at a local coffee shop.