Presented by\nSo, you're stuck inside and you're going a little stir crazy. You've already watched all of the movies you wanted to see on Netflix, you've scrubbed the house from top to bottom, and you've read a week's worth of news in five minutes. Now what?\nIf, like most of us, you're struggling to come up with ideas to keep yourself busy during this odd time, there's good news: there are plenty of activities to help make your time indoors as interesting — and perhaps even as productive — as possible.\nFrom the soothing art of meditation to once-lost hobbies (with surprising benefits) like knitting, here are 12 cheap and creative hobbies you can do at home that will keep you entertained for hours:\n1. Journaling\nDear Diary... I know, I know. You're groaning already, right? Hear us out. Journaling is no longer reserved for emotional pre-teens. It's good for our health. Putting pen to paper reduces anxiety, evokes mindfulness, sparks creativity, and helps us organize our thoughts. Plus, journals are cheap — pens are even cheaper. It's a no-fuss, inexpensive hobby that keeps your wallet full and your mind sane.\nView this post on Instagram Are you naturally an organized person? A post shared by Paytm Canada (@paytm_canada) on Nov 4, 2019 at 8:57am PST\n2. Launch a blog or podcast\nFinally get that blog or podcast off the ground! It doesn't cost much to set up, it's a great creative release, and who knows, you may just launch yourself into stardom with it. If you record a few episodes and then immediately give up, that's okay too.\nView this post on Instagram Have you subscribed to the Brown Girl Green show yet? 🌿😛🥰 📸: @krunched #browngirlgreen . . . So I post content to both YouTube (browngirlgreen) and my podcast Brown Girl Green (Spotify, SoundCloud, ITunes)! You can also find some of my stuff on Le website - browngirlgreen.org 🌿❤️ Supporting my work even through following/ subscribing (and telling your friends!) is a HUGE contribution for the work and love I put into my content. Quarantine continues to be both an emotionally challenging and invigorating time for me as a creative thinker and advocate. I am so appreciative of my friends on here who have supported my journey, my mental health, and my joy. I plan to release a lot more of myself to the world this spring and I would love to bring you all along with me!! 🌿❤️ and if you have any questions, comments, ideas, or if you wanna collab, ya girl is always down!!! 🥰🌿🌿🙏🏾 . . . #browngirlbloggers #pocenvironmentalist #supportbrownpodcasts #pocpodcast #wocsisters #wocootd #browngirls #browngirlblogger #podcastlife #podcastersofinstagram #filipina #filipinabeauty #climatechangeisreal #environmentalist #environmentalscience A post shared by Brown Girl Green 🐸🌿🌱 (@browngirl_green) on Apr 2, 2020 at 8:13pm PDT\n3. Paint a picture\nAre the walls in your house a little bare? Why not decorate them with something you made yourself? All you need is a canvas, a few paints, and a little bit of creativity. Once you're finished, you'll have a masterpiece to hang on your wall and show off to your friends on Facetime.\nView this post on Instagram Can’t wait to get back in the studio ☁️☁️☁️ A post shared by miacathcart (@miacathcart) on Apr 5, 2020 at 10:07am PDT\n4. Learn to organize\nSome may say organizing more accurately falls under the category of chores, not hobbies, but once you've organized properly and felt that sense of accomplishment, you'll know that simply isn't true. If you're new to the world of organization and don't know where to start, head to your closet. Fold what's in your drawers, arrange everything by colour, use coordinating hangers, and finally get rid of those pieces you've never worn. Once you've tackled your closet, move on to your kitchen, bathroom, office, and any other room that needs a bit of tidying up. When you're done, show off your hard work on Instagram and take pride in knowing that your home — and your life — is finally organized.\nView this post on Instagram So hello from the other siddddde 🎶 (...of my closet) Closet designed, organized, & curated by: Me Purchased from: @ikeausa Built by: @jjhol A post shared by Meghan Gallagher (@megthedestroyer) on Mar 24, 2020 at 2:20pm PDT\n5. Take up knitting\nDid you know crocheting and knitting can actually reduce stress? Once you get beyond the initial learning curve, the crafts use physical and cognitive skills that can lower blood pressure and bring a zen-like experience similar to yoga or meditation. Plus, you end up with a super cute scarf or sweater you can wear when you're done.\nView this post on Instagram Something new, something blue🦋 #kumulusbluse . Es ist Zeit für die taubenblaue #kumulusbluse, die sich meine Schwester gewünscht hat🐦 Damit hab ich auch endlich was für den #friedefreudefrühlingskal auf den Nadeln🌷 Habt es fein bei diesen wunderbaren Wetter! . (Werbung/Ad, not sponsored) Yarn: Soft Silk Mohair by @knittingforolive (Dove Blue) . . . . . . . #petiteknit #petiteknitdesign #knittersofinstagram #nevernotknitting #nordicknitting #cumulusblouse #knittingforolive #knitting_inspiration #slowfashion #handmade #instaknit #strikk #egostrikk #strikkedilla #knittinglove #knitstagram #knittingaddict #sticka #makersgonnamake #knitwear #knityourstyle #tricot #yarnlove #igknitters #knitting_inspire #вязание #strickenmachtglücklich #noraisknitting A post shared by N O R A (@redridinghat) on Apr 5, 2020 at 2:17am PDT\n6. Become a plant parent\nFor those of us who don't have gardens to escape to during social distancing, becoming a plant parent is extremely rewarding. Plants require a bit of TLC, sure, but they don't require as much attention as, say, dogs or human children. You don't need to take them out for walks, feed them three times a day, or keep them busy with pretend tea parties. Depending on the plant, all you have to do is water them once a week and make sure they get adequate sunlight. Once you've got the hang of it, you'll be able to transform your condo into an urban jungle in no time.\nView this post on Instagram I’m not sure what exactly classifies a nursery as an essential business but I sure am glad they’re still open. Holding on to the last remaining shred of my sanity thanks to plants A post shared by South Flora Girls (@southfloragirls) on Apr 5, 2020 at 11:06am PDT\n7. Take a virtual class\nWe may not be able to gather in studios or classrooms, but thanks to the power of the internet, there are plenty of classes still available online. Study a language, sharpen your professional skills, or learn how to start your own business. If you want to exercise your body and not just your brain, check with your local studio to see if they offer live-stream versions of their classes. YouTube offers free teacher-led workouts like yoga, pilates, kettlebell, and full body.\nView this post on Instagram with faith all things are possible ✨ 🙏🏻 // my sign says it all. Today was the launch of our virtual learning program at my district and all I can say is DAY 1 success! ✅ QUICK SHOUT OUT to the teachers out there: this is a lot of work and a whole new world to all of us. It can be really overwhelming but remember we are ALL in this together and you are never alone! Take it one day or one topic at a time! 💕 The best part of my day was reconnecting with my students again and seeing their sweet messages. It truly reinforces the powerful impact of this profession and how much I love what I do. 🍎♥️ So, I’ll be here in my new cozy work corner being productive and grading until I “leave work” 🤣 Balancing this home/work life is definitely interesting & just a heads up: my “work wear” looks are gonna be different for a while. Looks like comfortable distressed denim & slippers is definitely going to be on repeat! 💯 Happy Monday loves! I hope you are staying healthy & positive.🖤 shop on the free @liketoknow.it app! http://liketk.it/2MfdN #liketkit #LTKhome #teacherlife #workfromhome #allinthistogether #mondaymotivation #teachersofinstagram #virtuallearning #homeoffice #outfitoftheday #workwear #targetstyle #cozyhome #stayhome A post shared by Samantha (@stylish_samantha) on Mar 30, 2020 at 2:26pm PDT\n8. Bake or cook something special\nYou've watched and re-watched all of the baking shows you could find on Netflix, now it's time to get off of the couch and make something spectacular yourself. Order fresh ingredients from your local independent grocer, get your best cooking gear out, and start copying one of the many free recipes online.\nView this post on Instagram I MADE FRESH BUNS! 😬🍞 #firsttime . . They actually turned out soooo good! I used the recipe from Fraiche Food, Full Hearts Cookbook by @jillian.harris and @fraicheliving 💕 DELISHHHHH. . . . . . . . . . . . #homemade #homesweethome #freshbread #freshbuns #whitebread #baking #bakingfromscratch #bakinglove #yegfood #yegbaking #foodporn #homemadebread #homecooking #selfisolation #yeg #yeggers #yegblogger #yegblog #homecooking #kitchenisland A post shared by JESSIE LAPOINTE (@jessielapointe_) on Apr 5, 2020 at 10:37am PDT\n9. Take up meditation\nIn times like these, we all need a little bit of zen. Luckily, meditation is completely free. If you're new to the art of quieting your thoughts, there are plenty of books and online courses (both free and paid) to help you get started. A few days of practice and you'll be meditating like a pro.\nView this post on Instagram Feeling stressed/anxious about your to-do list? 👇 "Most of the time when I’m stressed or anxious it’s because I have too much on my plate. I like to sit down with a cup of tea, and then I write down everything that’s on my mind (like a brain dump or stream of consciousness writing). I find getting clarity about what’s on my mind is the best way to clear my mind. Then I pick 1-2 things I can take action on that are the most important or will make the most impact. If I’m still overwhelmed I’ll go on a walk!" - @jasmineirven #MentalHealthWeek • Meditation helps to filter and calm your mind. Get 50% off yearly memberships to #Hoame this month only with code: YEARLY50! Sign up on our website ✨ • 📸: @alliwalkermusic A post shared by Hoame Meditation (@myhoame) on May 10, 2019 at 5:25am PDT\n10. Read, read, and read some more\nYou can finally give all of those books you've been meaning to read the attention they deserve. If you don't have any books, don't worry! You can still buy them online on Amazon or Indigo, or, reach out to your local library and see if they're delivering.\nView this post on Instagram Was one of your New Year resolutions to read more? Crush your goal this year with a little help from your Paytm rewards + @indigo 📚 . . . . . #indigo #chapters #books #harrypotter #bookstagram #bookshelf #bookstagrammers #bookshelves #bookstore #newreads #booksbooksbooks #epicbooks #harrypotter #biglittlelies #OITNB #booksofinstagram #readmorebooks #readingtime #thrillerreads #bookstack #paytmrewards #deals #yabook #alwaysready #instagood #instapic A post shared by Paytm Canada (@paytm_canada) on Jan 20, 2020 at 9:16am PST\n11. Learn a language\nBeing cooped up inside has presented us with the perfect opportunity to expand our language skills, so why not really take advantage of it? The options to learn a new language are endless: go intensive with programs like Rosetta Stone, Babbel, or Duolingo, pop in your headphones and listen to a German podcast, or watch a Latin American telenovela.\nView this post on Instagram Trying to find balance between pushing myself to study and not being hard on myself. Studying languages distracts me from all the problems and comforts me, because I’m really enjoying the process. Kinda escapism. What motivates me besides this? I imagine that one day I’ll find myself regretting I did nothing, wasted my time, my potential. I can’t bear this feeling, it forces me to get up, make some coffee, open the laptop, the books and start writing..🤞🏻 ____ Пытаюсь найти баланс между тем, чтобы принуждать себя заниматься и тем, чтобы излишне на себя не давить. Изучение языков отвлекает меня от всех проблем и успокаивает, потому что я действительно получаю удовольствие от процесса. Своего рода эскапизм. Что ещё мотивирует меня? Я представляю, как однажды буду жалеть о том, что ничего не сделала и впустую потратила время и потенциал. Не могу переносить это, поэтому встаю, готовлю кофе, открываю ноутбук, учебники и начинаю писать..🤞🏻 A post shared by Valeria • ヴァレリア (@khaim.books) on Mar 30, 2020 at 12:12am PDT\n12. Colour\nIf you find yourself feeling anxious after checking the news or going stir crazy from being inside too long, try colouring — it helps to reduce anxiety and stress levels, improve creativity, and encourages you to be present. You can get cheap adult colouring books and crayons online at Amazon or Indigo and at big-name grocers and pharmacies like Shoppers Drug Mart.\nView this post on Instagram I've really enjoyed coloring you, teddy bear! 🐻🖍 #adultcoloringbook #adultcoloring #adultcolouringbook #mapedcolorpencils #maped #adultcoloringpages A post shared by @ tasnim.hatem on Apr 5, 2020 at 3:59am PDT\nHopefully, these 12 creative hobbies save you a bit of cash, keep you entertained, and make the next few weeks of quarantine as easy and enjoyable as possible. We're all in this together!\nAnd Paytm is here to help make your time inside easier, too. By managing and paying your bills from the convenience of the Paytm Canada app on your smartphone, you'll earn rewards for free which you can redeem for groceries, Amazon gift cards, and so much more.\nIf you download the app today, you’ll get 1,000 welcome points just for signing up. If you refer a friend, you’ll both get an extra 5,000 points, which translates to a free $5 e-gift card. Why not use it to kick off your new hobby?\nThe Paytm Canada mobile app is available to download for free from the Google Play Store and Apple Store. For more information, visit www.paytm.ca or check out their Instagram page!