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What’s Next: 5 Trending Activities During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant changes. Aside from dealing with the health and economic consequences caused by the virus, many are also experiencing emotional challenges due to the lockdowns and self-isolation measures.

Since staying at home and repeating the same things every day can be mentally draining, embracing change and trying out something different is a must.

With free time on their hands, people are starting to pick up new hobbies. Since there’s still no definite date as to when this health crisis will end, finding something to be passionate about can go a long way to not only keep people busy but also help make this period fun, productive, and meaningful.

To help you get started, here are some hobbies and online activities you should try today:

1. Be your own chef

Learning how to cook different cuisines is the next best thing to traveling to your favorite spots. Cooking your own food also gives you more control over your diet and lets you save more money by steering away from expensive meals and delivery fees. But, apart from the practical benefits, one of its greatest upsides is that it’s also a fulfilling activity.

Whether you’re a beginner who wants to learn how to cook or an experienced chef who wants to discover new recipes, taking part in cooking classes can do wonders for you. Livestreams and seminars such as the 36-Hour Adobo Online Cooking Class can teach you new and fun ways to cook one of the country’s favorite dishes.

At the same time, preparing lunch and dinner with the people in your household is also a great chance to bond.

2. Create an indoor garden

Indoor gardening can be a relaxing and fruitful hobby. Similar to taking care of pets, cultivating plants of all shapes and sizes can teach you so many things. Maintaining an indoor garden can also improve the atmosphere of your home and bring about multiple health benefits.

Luckily, indoor gardening can be done whether you live in a suburban home or an apartment in the city. If you’re interested in building one, you can learn everything you need to know in this indoor gardening workshop.

3. Learn how to play an instrument

Everyone can agree that listening to music is one of the best ways to unwind. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument, many musicians are now offering online classes at affordable rates. Watching tutorial videos can be effective to a certain degree, but having a hands-on teacher to personalize your learning can help hasten the pace.

4. Pedal on a brand new bike

Gyms may be closed until further notice, but fortunately enough, this isn’t stopping people from taking steps towards wellness. If the home workout program you’ve followed for months is starting to lose its appeal, you should take it as a sign to switch things up. Biking around your neighborhood is a good cardio alternative that is also a fun and effective way to burn calories.

As a full-body workout, cycling can help you get into the best shape of your life. Since it’s also a form of exercise that greatly emphasizes social distancing, you’ll be able to work out safely and responsibly. Apart from helping you stay healthy, it can also be a practical investment since biking to a nearby store can save you gas money.

5. Study a new language

Learning a new language can open many doors for you. The moment travel is officially declared safe again, being fluent in a country’s native tongue can help you navigate through tourist destinations with ease.

From a business perspective, learning how to speak in several languages can bring about many opportunities for income. With the free time you have, now is arguably the best time to get a tutor.

Discover a new passion

These are just some of the new fads that are trending today, but expect to see more creative ones that are tailored to digital platforms. SHOOR’s Online Experiences aim to do just that, providing a selection of unique and diverse online experiences that Filipinos can look forward to, especially during the transition to the new normal.

Being passionate about something not only keeps you entertained, it also allows you to spend your time in a productive and meaningful way. Whether you’re looking to reignite an old hobby or immerse yourself in a new skill, there’s something for you at SHOOR. Check out our list of fun virtual experiences today.

Sophia Ramos

Sophia Ramos

Sophia Ramos is a communications specialist for SHOOR. An adventure-seeker, she's always on the look-out for new experiences. Sophia’s not-so-secret guilty pleasure is binge-watching cheesy rom-coms and K-dramas.
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