Find New Space For Hobbies And Creativity

Although it’s a good time to do it, you probably don’t need to hear anyone else telling you how you can use this time to clean and organize your house. And even though it’s easy, you probably shouldn’t just sit in front of the TV or play on your phone. Being stuck at home gives many of us the time to find new space for creativity, or to form new hobbies. Here are two fun and enriching ways you can spend your days at home.

Pick Up An Old (Or New!) Instrument

Maybe there was a birthday when you asked for a guitar. Or a banjo. Or maybe a harmonica. Or maybe there’s a piano in your living room that, at this point, is purely decorative. You always meant to take lessons. Maybe you even had the phone number of a teacher, or you bought a Guitar for Dummies book, with every intention to use them. But then you never made that call or cracked that book. Now’s the perfect time! Playing music takes creativity, artistry, and, of course, focus. Being able to concentrate on creating something beautiful might be exactly the right distraction for you, and (after some practice) those around you as well. 

Put A Puzzle Station Next To Your Work Station

It has long been said that there are puzzle people and non-puzzle people. If you happen to be a puzzle person, and you’re working from home, grab a card table out of the attic. You know, the one you only use on Thanksgiving to extend the table for the kids. Put it just outside the view of your webcam. And then fill it with a puzzle! Since it’s right next to you, it will be relatively easy to stand up from your desk and fit in a couple of pieces at a time. A puzzle can provide a welcome distraction from that problem at work you just can’t quite solve, and, you get to see your progress as the picture grows in front of you! A bite-sized break and a feeling of accomplishment – what could be better? 

From Chris Burkland, LMHC, CDP, Counselor at PRO Medical

Chris believes his clients should be trusted as their own experts, and lends structure and strategic questioning as a guide in finding solutions that work for them. When working with children, Chris uses play therapy, behavioral strategies, and emotional identification as a way of engaging the child in a language they understand. He also works to develop coping strategies that work for both the child and family. Chris has been a Licensed Counselor since 2008.

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