Many of us have picked up new hobbies and projects during the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to all of the extra time we have that is no longer spent socialising or commuting to work, there’s been a massive rise in people taking up cooking, baking, gardening and crafting.
For some, more traditional hobbies and ways to pass the time simply weren’t enough. The lockdown has brought out plenty of creativity and also a whole lot of silliness and quirks.
Here are a few of the most unusual and unique ways that people have been dealing with life in lockdown.
The Moor Bears
One resident of Stockport near Manchester decided to bring some fun and frivolity to their neighbourhood by posing two large teddy bears in their garden. The bears, named Ted and Ed, were seen doing the washing up, ironing and camping out over the course of the first lockdown, delighting neighbours and internet denizens alike.
Doggy Dress Up
Many of us can empathise with the boredom that prolonged lockdowns have caused. Makeovers have been a big part of many lockdown lifestyles, with people taking the chance to revamp their style or try out new looks.
Some dog owners have gone one step further and decided to give their pets a whole new look. This includes dressing their dogs up in various costumes, styling the coat of long-haired dogs, and using pet-friendly dye to create a colourful, playful fur coat.
The range of doggy beauty products available has undoubtedly come in useful for some dog owners this year. From nail polish to hair dye to doggy outfits, there are plenty of options to give your pup some new style.
While this may not be for everyone, plenty of people have been using their free time to hone their karaoke skills in preparation for getting back out to the karaoke bar. The great thing about home karaoke is the privacy. So, you can relax after a long day of wine, pour yourself a glass of wine, and belt out some of your greatest hits.
A Unique Proposal
One bodybuilder from Kazakhstan took the time spent in lockdown to plan and throw his dream wedding. This may not seem too unusual, but there is one catch – he married a sex doll.
It seems that there may already be trouble in paradise, as the bodybuilder reports experiencing some jealousy of his new bride and dislikes how much time she spends on social media. At least he doesn’t need to worry about any envy from her of cam girls in return!
It remains unclear how a doll could manage to spend too much time on the internet, making this one of the strangest stories to come out of lockdown.
There’s no doubt that a return to live music is high on most people’s lists of things to do once lockdown is over. While a live-streamed gig might not quite have the same impact as real live music, it is the closest we’re likely to get for a while now.
Many of the biggest stars in pop and rock have been putting out free streamable gigs that can allow us to have a taste of the venues that we’re missing. This option is perfect for anyone chomping at the bit to get reconnected with the favourite musicians.
Virtual Museum Tours
We are all missing our favourite haunts, thanks to the pandemic. Whether you miss the pub, the local gym or something artier, we are all stuck home trying to find ways to recreate those experiences.
Luckily for anyone keen to get back to visiting museums or art galleries, many of these venues are now offering virtual guided tours as a way to give people the culture fix they crave. There’s no better time to see what is on offer as we wait for the end of yet another lockdown.
Given that the weather hasn’t been ideal for picnics lately, many people are moving their picnics indoors. This is a great way to add a little fun and spontaneity to days spent stuck at home.
If this sounds like something you would enjoy, you could consider setting up a pillow or blanket fort at home, getting in your PJs and putting out a tasty spread of picnic food – all to enjoy from the comfort of your own living room!
Singing as a community spread throughout Italy during the first lockdowns, as people tried their best to keep busy and raise each other’s spirits. This led to some beautiful collaborative efforts across blocks of flats in the country. Many people got their instruments out to add to the chorus of voices, resulting in some of the most memorable moments from the first months of lockdown.
Becoming A Befriender
Many people have struggled with loneliness during the pandemic. Zoom parties and virtual pub quizzes have got many of us through these challenging times, but these options aren’t available for some. The elderly, in particular, are feeling the loneliness of lockdown and often don’t have the same access to technology that younger generations have benefitted from.
Many people have decided to take some time to give back during the past year and reach out to others who may need cheering up or some company. This is a great way to spend your time, keep yourself busy and entertained while helping others who may live alone or have no access to technology.
There are some crazy ways that people have made their way through the pandemic. What is fantastic about all of these ways it that they have kept people connected and entertained.
There are so many options to choose from when looking for a new lockdown hobby or activity beyond the more traditional options. While some of the options mentioned above might not suit everyone, it just goes to show that there is something out there for everyone, as long as they are willing to find it.