In pandemic times “stay home” orders from the government have people bored out of their skulls.
Never before has basket weaving felt so appealing.
Many of those working from home have quickly realized that it can be tough for an employer to stock a remote eight hour day with tasks. The job just doesn’t translate well enough to be as busy as it was in the office.
Or maybe someone is fully unemployed. If they’re fortunate enough to not be absolutely panicking about feeding kids and paying rent, they have a TON of extra time on their hands.
To stave of malaise, people are searching high and low for some productive use of time. The Netflix library is only so large.
ziyangzou asked, "What are some cheap fun hobbies?"
"Not woodworking. Not woodworking is a great hobby that is practically free. The best part is, not woodworking is SO easy that anyone can do it!"
"Things you need:"
"There are a few other things you need but if you have these basics then you should be able to get by! Now get out there and don't get into woodworking!"
Finally “That Must Take Forever” is a Positive Thing
"One of my favorites is making stop motion films with clay. You can get decent clay for around $3, and any camera can do the job, including your phone."
"You simply move the subject around taking pictures of each tiny movement. Then compile the pictures in a video editing software. Free ones like Windows Movie Maker work."
For All of those Post-Quarantine Parties
"Learning old strong man tricks. Hold a chair down with one pinky, rip a phone book in half, so on. There are guides online. There is no greater power move than to be able to pick up a thick pile of papers, and just rip them clean in two."
High Time for Influencing
"Opening an Instagram account that focuses on a very specific subject, then only posting pics if that subject. For example interesting building facades in your city, or abandoned umbrellas, or people wearing purple. Whatever interests you."
"It becomes a fun scavenger hunt for you, gives an excuse to go on long aimless walks and develops a unique little collection that doesn't take up room or cost money."
An Absolute Classic
"Dungeons & Dragons."
"All the resources you need can be found online, the only thing you really need is a few people to play with and a set of dice which are less than 10 bucks. Now that everyone is quarantined we play using voice chat and it works surprisingly well."
Just Choose a Spot Far Enough From Someone Else’s Spot, Please
"Nature observation and journaling. Go hang out in the same spot at the same time for the same duration, once a week. Document what you observe. Then contemplate it."
"Doesn't cost a thing, is educational and relaxing, and will give you a bigger appreciation of Gaia."
for the Takeout Addicts
"Cooking can be a pretty cheap hobby. I mean, you have to eat anyway, might as well enjoy the processes of making your own food." -- LoriannStell
"Honestly, I've found cooking and listening to podcasts to be really fun. Keeps the hands and mind busy, and then you have a necessity afterword so good results!" -- odd_ender
Prepare the Lungs
"Running. Especially now, you can literally keep your distance from people and better yourself at the same time."
"And not a bad idea to build up that cardio in case sh*t starts truly popping off. I'd rather be fit during dark times than fat; you'll likely live longer." -- OMS6
"You ever seen a lion limber up before taking down a gazelle?" -- allothenamestaken
Plenty of Time for Gazing
"I recently got into astronomy and astrophotography. All you need is yourself, a notebook if you want to take notes and a camera/phone. Very cheap and very fun and interesting. You can use starfinder apps on your phone to know what stars you're looking at."
Busy Hands are Happy Hands
"Knitting/Crochet" -- Elu_Tala
"Idk about cheap to start but it is incredibly relaxing once you have the motions down. That's basically how I survived college." -- aaron2718
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