• Atul Prasad

Behind Closed Doors

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 has forced the entire world to move their lives to the inside. With this lockdown in place, billions of us are looking for ways to keep ourselves occupied or entertained. A lot of us in isolation have taken up activities like binge watching shows on various OTT platforms and having that regular gulp of wine. Well, it might be time to try a new approach. That’s right! Taking up a hobby or two. It has been helpful in improving mental health and in the reduction of stress levels to great extent. With all of us ordered to be behind closed doors, it’s never been more perfect a time to prioritise on personal and family well being.


From fueling your creative juices to picking up new skills, here are a few ideas for making the most of your time behind closed doors.


Music Production


Apart from learning to play an instrument, there's a lot more that goes into making music. From recording to mixing and mastering a fully finished audio track, music production is a skill like no other. During this time of isolation and working from home, music production is something that will put your stress at ease and will allow you to blow your own mind while you’re at it!




Gardening


Some of us have had the luxury of keeping some green space in our homes. This lockdown period is a perfect time for you to learn some gardening skills. Valuable information regarding this skill like, what are the Do’s and Don’ts while looking after a plant/s, keeping your soil healthy and attracting new wildlife into your garden is just a google search away. There is something very satisfying, mentally and physically, about having a green space in your home. To be capable of bringing up a life form to its fullest is a feeling unparalleled by no other.





Yoga


This lockdown has forced everyone to shut shop. From yoga studios to gyms, all remain shut till things actually clear up. Personal fitness is something that can be achieved regardless of where you are. It is easier if it is within the comfort of your own space. Whether it is to improve your flexibility or progress to some impressive inversions, you can use this downtime to get a good stretch in the mornings.





Cooking


Let's face it. You're trapped on the inside and the cravings hit you. What? It hits all of us. Well, now is when you make use the quarantine to the fullest by discovering the hidden chef in you. Explore different recipes that you've always wanted to make but the schedule hasn't really been kind. Learn to experiment with food and most importantly learn to surprise yourself!





Starting a Podcast.


Some of us want to put out a message to the world or have that itch to tell a story to the world. This period of trying times is perfect to get what you want to say to the world out there. All you need is a computer, access to the internet, an idea and the drive to keep going. There are a lot of helpful articles about how to shape your content and find your listeners.




While these are some hobbies that only some of us might take interest in (let’s get real), there are an array of things that you can do with regards to the hobby of your interest. A lot of us have taken up hobbies that require us to be outdoors and since these trying times have restricted us to be behind closed doors, we can make the most of this by going online to learn more about our hobbies. Because Learning is a never ending process. So here is a list of things that we can do in regards to our outdoorsy hobbies.


Learn how to repair your motorcycle or bicycle.


Being a motorbike enthusiast now and a former bicycle enthu cutlet ( Don’t we all start from there? ), it is essential to know the in’s and out’s of your vehicle. Being a rider doesn't just mean that you’re a rider. It bestows upon you a plethora of responsibilities. Like from the frequent wash ups to regular check ups of your bike ( Some of us name our bikes. I’ve named mine Carol and Jainy). All us bike enthu cutlets know that we need to frequently fire these babies up but during this period of a lockdown, one can only keep checking and if need be attend to some issue that might’ve been neglected in the past. However big or small an issue it might be, a biker must always know how to fend for oneself in the time of crisis. After all, you bought the bike and she’ll always be yours.






Learn to clean your camera.


In this digital time and age, a lot of us have an array of gadgets and one of the most common ones is a camera. Yes a camera. There is a little bit (if not more) of a photographer in all of us and who doesn’t love a nice stroll outside with a camera every once in a while. But given the current situation that we’re all in, going outside with your camera isn’t really a good idea. So what do we do now? We’re left with two options. 1. Practice our photography indoors (honestly, its a great way to sharpen your skills - make do with what you have really)


2. (And most importantly before you go clicking those wonderful photos) Clean your camera!

Cleaning your camera is one of the best things you could learn during this whole lockdown period because when the time comes for you to step out there, believe you me, you do not want to be taking pictures with a dirty camera.





Research in detail about your favourite Hobby.


Like the above two options, other outdoorsy hobbies too require quite a bit of research online. For ex. If you’re into sailing or snowboarding or adventure biking, you will need to gather all the information you can during this lockdown because, I’m sure that once this thing ends a lot of us will step out to do the things we love so much. So while we’re at it, why not gather as much knowledge (History, New gear, New places to go to etc.) as you can.




So let's not give COVID-19 a chance to slow down our regular life and dwindle our productivity. Being indoors is actually not a bad thing after all, we need only find out ways to keep our mental and physical health at par. You know what they say, where there’s a will there is most definitely a way. Not everything behind closed doors is a hush hush thing these days.

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