The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people around the world to isolate themselves, a practice known as self-quarantining. It’s rough. But the silver lining? Many are finding new hobbies.
There’s no reason these newfound hobbies have to die down after quarantine ends! And your old hobbies will still be waiting for you. Fortunately, there are ways to get back to your old hobbies after quarantine, and it’s all thanks to technology.
1. Network Encryption
After self-quarantine ends, the first thing you’ll probably want to do is hang out with your friends. Why wouldn’t you? Meeting your friends at your local café or restaurant sounds like a fun time! And while you wait for your friends to show up, you may even use the public Wi-Fi offered by the café. But this is dangerous due to how many cybercriminals lurk on public Wi-Fi networks. Fortunately, you can use a VPN to reduce the risk of having your data stolen.
A VPN funnels all of your device’s data through an encrypted network, making it near-impossible for cybercriminals to steal it. Next time you hang out with your friends and feel the need to use the public network, remember to turn that VPN on!
This pandemic has caused high levels of stress and anxiety worldwide. This rise is not only due to the actual COVID-19 virus, but also the need to stay inside all of the time. Humans are social creatures, so having to isolate ourselves often does more harm than good.
Build up the habit of using Headspace now so you can continue it after post-COVID. But what is Headspace? Headspace is an app that walks you through meditation and relaxation, helping users with sleep, anxiety, and overall stress levels.
It’s not a life-changer—not by any means—but it’s a good way to start the day relaxed.
3. Personal Fitness
The pandemic forced gyms to close, ruining the exercise plans of many, many people. If this sounds like something you experienced early on this year, don’t worry: there’s an app for you.
MyFitnessPal helps users lose weight, get fit, and exercise more by critiquing the user’s diet and their exercise routines. This is especially helpful at home, where you don’t have the equipment to follow your old gym routine.
But even after quarantine, MyFitnessPal is a good way to discipline yourself and stay on track with your diet and/or exercise.
Many people have picked up new hobbies since quarantine started in attempts to alleviate the boredom that ensues with staying at home all day. One of the hobbies that have experienced a spike in popularity is gaming.
According to a survey done by Satelliteinternet.com, one-third of Americans have spent more time playing video games than they did before the quarantine. And there’s no reason this hobby has to end with quarantine! And with Xbox GamePass, gaming is as cheap as it’s ever been!
Microsoft released GamePass in 2017 in an attempt to garner more users. For a monthly subscription, GamePass users have dozens of games at their disposal they can play at any time. Best part? Many new game releases hit GamePass day one, meaning you won’t need to shell out $60 for the latest game.
5. Creative Design
Photographers have had to get creative during the quarantine. Without the ability to go outside and document their muses, find inspiration, or learn new tricks, photographers have desperately looked for a way to continue their hobby/job.
Some have even picked up photography as a hobby! And if that sounds like you, be sure to download Adobe Lightroom. Adobe Lightroom is perhaps the best mobile photo editor available. The only downside is that you have to pay Adobe’s subscription, but if you’re serious about photography and have tried it for a while, it’s worth it.
When quarantine ends, when people are able to go back outside and resume their lives, they may need help. Fortunately, with these apps, people will be able to return to their normal life quickly.