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Skills to Learn During COVID-19 Lockdown

COVID-19 has affected the entire world as the global pandemic continues to push through for months already, and it may be hard for individuals to keep a level head and stay active during lockdown. We all have things we’ve wanted to do or things we’ve been interested in. There are thousands of skills to learn during lockdown, but if you’re struggling, here’s a few ideas to help you out! Learning during lockdown is important and we have a few tips to get you started. 

Cooking/Baking during lockdown

Since we’re all housebound as part of lockdown, now is a better time to get invested in your kitchen than ever. You already have all the tools, and now you have the time to develop the skills to put those tools to use. Maintaining a healthy diet is exceptionally important now that we’re stuck in our houses, there are thousands upon thousands of tutorials on cooking healthy meals and baking tasty treats to eat afterwards, put in the hard work and reap the rewards.

If you aren’t already developing this skill, then why not? It’s something that will help you for the rest of your life, and it’s a skill you’ll never regret learning. If you’re struggling to come up with ideas, the NHS blog is a perfect website to take inspiration from for cooking healthy foods.

Pan frying potatoes and green beans

Learning an instrument during lockdown

We all like music, no matter the genre, so pick up an instrument and get your head down! It could be anything from Guitar, Bass, Drums all the way to Keyboard, or even a Flute. Learning an instrument is the perfect skill to learn during lockdown, entertain yourself!

Music is an excellent form of expression, and for those times when you’re stuck inside, and there’s nobody to talk to, you’re not alone. If you learn an instrument, it can be cathartic to write your own music to express how you’re feeling, and there are so many songs out there that you could learn yourself, with free tutorials scattered all over the internet, there’s no better time to kick back and make some music. Impress yourself, hard work and time pay off in mass.

Guitar being held by hands

Writing during lockdown

Do you ever sit down and get stuck in your thoughts? I know I do, especially during lockdown.

Writing could be the perfect skill to develop during lockdown. When there’s nobody to talk to, and nothing left to do when you’re alone, writing can be the perfect form of expression for everyone. We are all individual, we all have our own thoughts and feelings that cannot be replicated by anybody else, and writing is the best way to prove that, human thought and emotion is an art in its purest form, and when you can finally show people what you’ve written after lockdown, it won’t just be yourself that you’re impressing.

It may even give you an interest in reading, and a better understanding of different writing styles, and you might understand poems, stories, and films better than before. It’s never a bad idea to be more in touch with your emotions, and writing is the most effective way to get those words out of your chest and head.

Holding pen on page

Drawing during lockdown

Have you ever seen a piece of artwork so beautiful, interesting or cool that you wish that you could draw like that too? Well, nothing is stopping you.

Drawing is time-consuming to get the perfect piece, but isn’t it the perfect time to learn a skill in lockdown? Creating a piece of artwork comes from inspiration, some people are talented, but everyone can reach the same point if they put the same amount of work in. It is believed that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill, but it could take a matter of months to start creating artwork that really impresses people, and even yourself.

We’ve already been in lockdown for 7 months, that’s 5000 hours. You could’ve been halfway to mastering the skill of drawing, and there’s still time left to start! Impress yourself.

Someone sitting at table holding orange pencil over drawing

These are just a few skills you could learn during lockdown, keeping active is the best way to maintain stable mental health during times like these, take your time, take it easy, and enjoy yourself. Your new favourite hobby could be right around the corner if you’re worried about someone’s mental health, whether they’re a friend, family member or colleague.

You can find advice and support from here.

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