Have you burnt through everything worth watching on Netflix, and now you don’t know what to do with your free time? A whole year of stay-at-home orders has burnt many of us out on our typical hobbies. But to keep your mental health intact, you need something to enjoy after a long day of work or school – so try these hobbies!

Learn Brush Lettering or Calligraphy
A few months back, I hopped on Amazon in a desperate search for anything to take my mind off of work, and I ended up buying a brush lettering book with a pack of brush pens. I opened it immediately when it arrived, and the swirly, calming lettering technique felt strangely therapeutic. My book was full before I knew it.

If you like to create, or you just want to be someone who beautifully addresses each of their wedding invitations by hand… this is the hobby for you! Plus once you’ve got the hang of it,  brush lettering can lead to some amazing décor – maybe even worthy of selling on Etsy!

Take a Hike
The key to surviving in your house is… getting out of it sometimes. You don’t need to live in the mountains to go hiking, just find a pretty park or trail near you! Being outdoors and active is sure to refresh your mind and soul.
And, while you’re at it, check out our tips on dressing for your hike.
A similar activity that has become a must is a visit to the dog park. If you have a dog, this is a great place to let them run out their energy (which means awesome snuggles for you afterward) while you safely socialize with other dog owners. Plus – you can pet so many dogs there!

Purchase a Calming Video Game
Two games have recently consumed hundreds of hours of my life, and they are Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley. Both are slow-paced, cute games that let you play however you wish. Tending to your virtual farm or developing an animal village might be a good fit if you’re hoping to escape to a new world for a little while!

Roll the Windows Down

You can also try taking a casual drive to get away from home for a moment. Windows open means fresh air, and you can play all your favorite songs. Just remember to stay safe & keep your eyes on the road!
Not sure where to go on your drive? Try searching for the best flowers around. Or head to the local frozen yogurt shop for a sweet snack! Nothing sounds more invigorating than a tasty fro-yo. While you’re at it, check out these road trip fashion tips.

Get Crafty
I don’t know about you, but being stuck inside has made me tired of looking at the same four walls. Why not do yourself a favor and spice them up? Now is a great time to finally get moving on that home-improvement project.

You can still get crafty and change the feel of your space without undergoing a whole home renovation. Pick up some canvases and acrylic paints from your favorite craft store, and get to work on some custom décor! Another fun option for DIY décor would be to get a white sheet and a tie-dye kit, and then try your hand at a groovy tapestry.

Taking care of yourself means nurturing mental health as well, finding fun in life, and investing in hobbies that you love. To stay sharp and avoid burning out, try something creative, calming, or in tune with nature.