Make, do, and learn something new every day

As another week begins, it’s time to think about how you want to enjoy time spent at home. Yes, work still has to be done, but there’s also time to explore new activities.

Reconnecting with nature or with projects that require hands and not minds is definitely worthwhile. This doesn’t mean you should stop working, or never look at a computer – it’s simply a reminder that there are other pursuits to enjoy. 

This post aims to encourage everyone at home to learn or try something new every day. Below are listed seven activity categories to get your seven day challenge started!

1. Painting and drawing 

Whether you’re a well practised artist or a novice, painting and drawing challenges can always be found. If you are new to either one or both, then try drawing a simple sketch or splashing some colours on a page. 

If you are already excellent at drawing or painting, then there’s nothing to stop you from trying a new medium or testing yourself with a more challenging picture. 

2. Sewing and crafting

If you know how to sew, you could try making something new for your home, an item of clothing for yourself, or even a gift for someone else. If you’re new to the craft, then try sewing simple items such as a phone holder or bunting. 

If you’re not into sewing, then knitting, crocheting, paper craft or carpentry are just some other options to try. There are however hundreds of crafting techniques and ideas to try, so do some research and start experimenting!

3. Cooking and baking 

Cooking and baking are for everyone, from professional chefs and experienced home bakers to those who’ve never tried it before. Now is an excellent time to experiment in the kitchen. Even if you are an expert, challenge yourself to make something you’ve never made before or even create a concoction of your own. 

4. Garden and house design 

If you have a garden, or even a small patch of land at the front of your house, then have some fun making it look lovely. Set up a window box or a hanging basket filled with flowers to brighten up your exterior. You could also plant some seeds and start growing your own crops.

Planting might not be your thing, but that shouldn’t stop you. Why not create a new garden feature, like a bench or a simple bird box?

If you have to stay indoors, then you could redesign your garden on a piece of paper. Whilst cooped up indoors, you could also spring clean your house, redesign the rooms, and even repaint!

5. Walking and exercise

You might be a regular gym buff or go swimming every week, but now is the time to try a new exercise at home. Exercise is important, so why not try a new physical challenge each day? This could involve a workout, different yoga styles, or weight training. You could even try meditation. If you are able to go out for a walk, then check out a map and try a new, untried route. 

7. Read, watch and listen 

Whether an avid or occasional reader, books can offer comfort and stay boredom. Reading and completing a book every week might be difficult, so set yourself a goal to read one a month instead.

It’s much easier to pick a new film or programme. If you watch familiar programmes every day, then mix things up a little and try a new show or film. Likewise, make yourself listen to a new song each week rather than always selecting those old favourites.

6. Challenge your mind 

Have you always wanted to learn a new subject, language, or skill? Why not start now? There are hundreds of online courses and apps available on a range of topics, so if you’re burning to learn something new, start searching and sign up to a course.

Whether you’ve always wanted to learn touch typing or French, or have an entirely new interest, start doing some research. You never know what you might find!

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