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Recharge Your Batteries With These Hobbies

Given the time we’ve spent at home, it’s normal to experience intense boredom. When you’re not thinking about work and are in the mood to relax, there are days when you just end up asking yourself, “What can I do today?” This is relatable and there are different activities you can look into to keep your hands busy while getting that much-needed break. Below, millennials share the hobbies they’ve picked up during the lockdown. You might get a few pointers, too!

#1. Oil painting “I started creating artwork during quarantine because I wanted to spice up my bedroom’s interior. I went back to my first love which is oil painting because I wanted to create an inspired line art piece. Canvas, oil paint, palette, paint brushes, palette knife, and linseed oil are the supplies I use in creating my paintings.” –Krish

#2. Sculpting “DIY ceramics was another hobby I started during quarantine. Instead of buying online, I figured, why not just make them myself? I started making simple trinkets using air-dry clay. The process is simple—you create your preferred mold, let it dry for 24 hours, and paint it after. You can buy a large pack of air-dry clay at any local bookstore. It was fun and I saved a lot of money.” –Krish

#3. Sewing At the beginning of ECQ in March, I started sewing face masks with scrap fabric that’s been tucked away for a very long time. It was the perfect activity to keep me busy during times like these… Sewing and crafting help me cope with my anxiety and stress. I consider this my ‘me time.’ I fell in love with crafting again and I really don’t mind that my earnings from this hobby aren’t that much. I am just grateful that people find my work interesting. My heart is full.” –Abie

“I’m an advocate of sustainable fashion and for the longest time, I’ve been wanting to upcycle my old clothes into trendier ones but I didn’t have the time and resources yet. Thankfully, my boyfriend got me a sewing machine as his anniversary gift last August! I’ve been obsessed with it since then… Sewing is a tedious process which, I must say, tests your patience but once you’ve seen the result just like how you envisioned it, it’s beyond fulfilling.” –Than

#4. Drawing “I started learning how to draw digitally on my phone. The first step was tracing out pictures and working on finding my style. It’s really therapeutic! I use Painter on the Google App Store (they have a pretty lengthy free trial too).” –Talia

#5. Embroidering “I started embroidering two months into quarantine. I was running out of shows to watch and I’ve been seeing it all over subtle asian traits—a fun Facebook group with Asians from all over the world. I got curious and bought a kit from Shopee. It took me two weeks to finish my first kit. It takes up so much of my time but I love it so much!” –Karla

#6. Watercolor painting “To be honest, I’m not really good and I don’t think I even have the right brushes, but watercolor painting helps me relax. I just try to follow art that I like on Pinterest. Also, watching those watercolor video tutorials is so satisfying!” –Tasha

#7. Color By Numbers “Color By Numbers is a fun and relaxing hobby! I also feel accomplished after.” –Ish

These activities prove you don’t need to leave home to be able to enjoy and discover a new hobby. If you live in a condo unit with well-appointed amenities, chances are, you’ll find a reason to stay active, too! Trees Residences by SMDC in Novaliches, Quezon City has pristine natural gardens and stroll paths that let you wander while relaxing your mind. Fancy biking and breaking a sweat? Bloom Residences in Sucat, Paranaque has jogging and biking trails for adventure-seekers. Learn more when you log on to

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