Studies show it takes, on average, 66 days to form a habit. Though I hope we're not social distancing for another two months, this is a great time to build the foundation for a new routine. Whether it's learning a new skill you've always wanted to try, or saving money by teaching yourself a service you would normally pay for, this is the perfect time to try something new. Here are nine ideas.
Learn a new language. Maybe you had a trip planned to a foreign country and wish you knew a few key phrases of its language. Or maybe you're kicking yourself for forgetting the language you studied in high school or college. Free apps such as Duolingo and Quizlet or paid services such as Rosetta Stone and Babbel (which offer free trials) are great resources to help brush up your linguistic skills.
Learn to dance. Whether it's the TikTok-famous "Renegade" dance or a classic salsa or waltz, impress your partner or your social media followers by learning a new dance. This could be great for couples or families looking to get creative, learn something new and spend time together.
Learn how to draw. As spring transitions to summer, all the inspiration to draw something beautiful is right in our backyard. Almost everyone has paper and some pencils or markers, so channel your inner Bob Ross, get outdoors and try to recreate some of Buffalo's natural beauty. Or, try and sketch your pet or whoever you're quarantining with. There's an endless amount of YouTube tutorials for all kinds of drawing ready to help you make a fun souvenir from quarantine.
Become a barista – at home. Those expensive coffees you buy during the workday are pretty easy to make at home – even if you don't have any fancy machinery. From tutorials on making the perfect latte to cappuccinos and easy overnight cold brew, this is the perfect time to step up your coffee game.
Fine tune your green thumb. Since we're all cooking more – and going to the grocery store has become quite the kerfuffle – why not bring fresh veggies to your home? Herbs such basil, mint and parsley and vegetables such as tomatoes, lettuce and carrots are easy to grow indoors and easily transferable to outdoor gardens. Some veggies such as lettuce and celery are easy to regrow from store-bought produce, too. If all else fails, succulents and cacti are hard to kill, making them perfect for beginners.
Learn to read tarot. Center your chakras and explore your spiritual side by learning how to read tarot cards. Whether you want to know what your love life will be like in the post-Covid-19 world or you're looking for guidance, tarot cards might be able to provide some answers.
Bake bread. It seems as though everyone's go-to quarantine activity has been baking sourdough bread, so why not hop on the bandwagon (if you can find yeast, that is)? From creating a sourdough starter to shaping and baking your dough, this video masterfully explains the process in simple steps, perfect for the beginner baker.
Learn to sew. Maybe you have a ripped shirt you couldn't take to the tailor before social distancing started. Or maybe you've seen your friends posting pictures of their embroidery cross stitching on social media and are inspired to learn to sew. Regardless, sewing is easy to learn and a handy skill to know how to do.
Play an instrument. Almost everyone has an old piano, ukulele or acoustic guitar laying around their apartment or their parent's house. Now is the perfect time to hop on YouTube, learn some chords and finally master that song you've always wanted to play.