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This past year has been hard for all of us, especially with this pandemic. This pandemic has brought out the boredom and laziness in all of us, which has brought us to learn or revisit new hobbies. Based on research from  Instrument learning over pandemic, “Many people are taking the chance to learn an instrument while others are rekindling an old passion.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has increased anxiety and stress to such an extent that some experts are warning of a looming mental health crisis.” (Hobbies) Research shows that hobbies have helped with the anxiety and stress of others. For example, baking and music making can help people express themselves and help them relax in a way. These hobbies don’t have to be done alone. For example, during this quarantine, you could video chat with others and share new hobbies or even learn new hobbies with others. 

Based on my experience during this pandemic I have picked up several new hobbies (rollerblading, playing the ukulele, playing the piano, painting, drawing, etc) Having these new hobbies has helped pass the time in this dreadful quarantine. Some hobbies are physical activities such as rollerblading, skateboarding, and learning tricks on a bike. These new hobbies of mine haven’t just passed the time but have helped me stay fit and active everyday for the past year. Also, many other hobbies have kept my brain actively learning, for example learning how to play the ukulele and piano has worked my brain because it’s a new skill that I’ve never done before. 

Yes, this year has been hard for everyone. Now that we have new hobbies/skills/talents they will help us get through this almost ending pandemic. Not only do they pass up the time, but they can help academically, physically, and mentally.  “A distraction can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression,” and doing “something positive to manage anxiety is a healthy coping strategy.”