The 2019 Environmental Events emphasized how climate change is taking a toll on our lives. Therefore, it is essential to come up with simple ways that will help us save the planet. You may conduct recycling drives, river cleanups, community cleaning, and more. However, the best way to go about this is to start in the comfort of your own homes. Recycle materials to come up with your DIY home decorations!
Kitchenware Wall Clock
You can design your wall clock by using old utensils, keys, fabric pieces, and used clothes. All you have to do is transform your spoons and forks as clock hands and use the other materials to design its surrounding area.
Mason Jar Vases
If you have received too much mason jars from your past birthdays and holidays, then why not maximize its use by creating vases? Just put a quick coat of paint and add a rustic ribbon around it. Then, attach this to a sconce surface to keep the jar in place. What’s just missing are some blooms to add color!
Plastic Bottle Holders
Plastic bottles are pretty flexible when you shift its use to being a home decor. You can utilize it as a pencil holder or as a container for other school supplies. Do this by cutting the bottle head and designing the body with some leftovers. You may work with some old magazines, art papers, newspapers, plastic trash, or even cloth.
Bottle Cap Wind Chime
Whether you’re a beer lover or a craft beverage aficionado, the bottle cap wind chime will transform your boring porch into a cheery one. Collect all the bottle caps you get from your favorite beers and sodas and link them together. Then attach these to a tin can to be able to produce a colorful one-of-a-kind wind chime.
Braided T-Shirt Coasters
If you want to declutter your closet, then make sure not just to throw away your extra t-shirts or any cotton-made clothing. Instead, you can cut these into strips, braid it circularly, and create nifty t-shirt drink coasters. If you’re a minimalist, you may opt to use one primary color. However, if you aim to have a playful vibe at home, try out the different color combinations. It’s up to you!
We’re all on edge because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The anxiety is not just our imagination, either! In times of outbreaks, especially on a scale such as this one, it’s normal to feel stressed or anxious. Take note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines on how to maintain our mental health regarding the outbreak, which we should all know. The virus is a physical threat, and to combat it, most governments have instituted quarantines and social distancing. The lack of social interaction and not being able to leave home can cause us to feel antsy.
On top of that, there’s the anxiety caused by the threat of the coronavirus. We can’t go out to meet friends or go out to our favorite restaurants. The outbreak is creating a time of high stress for everyone.
But the quarantine doesn’t mean we should stop doing what we love. It means that we should probably be doing our favorite activities all the more to keep ourselves together!
Group Listening From Far Away
Having a hobby has long been proven to relieve stress, similar to my previous post on how keeping a journal can help with mental health. A lot of us have different interests, and if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I love music and movies. With all this time at home, we’ll probably have a lot of time to go through our music libraries again. We can go back and listen to albums we haven’t heard in years.
But you don’t have to indulge in your music hobby alone. We live in a time of nearly instantaneous communication! Now would be a great time to ask friends about what music they like. With all the various ways to listen to music out there, you can organize a listening party – you and a group of friends can join up online and listen to music together.
Listening parties are a great way to discover new music and share your favorites. It also lets you keep that human connection we’re all surely missing by now.
Maybe you’d like to watch a movie instead of listening to music. Again, social isolation because of COVID-19 doesn’t mean we can’t go out and watch a movie with friends. Similar to how a listening party is hosted, put up a video call with friends and watch a movie together. Cook up some popcorn and your favorite drink, and you’ve got that movie night with friends.
But not all of us want to hang out with all our friends all the time. There’s nothing wrong with watching movies alone. Marathon that long movie series! If you feel up to it, you could also train your brain and analyze the film – identify some storytelling techniques and tropes, look for insights that you might not have had when you first viewed the movie.
DIY When You Can’t Go Out
Can’t go to the store? No problem. Now’s the time to touch up old projects and give everything a fixer-upper. Look around at past projects and see what might need a little repair or some love. Even the most durable things have difficulty against the test of time and elements. But don’t trap of some DIY projects that are probably just going to be a waste of time!
Maybe you’ve got some extra materials lying around! Consider it a challenge, not a drawback that you can’t go out to get new stuff. Work with what you’ve got, eliminate wasted material. If you’ve got some scraps, see what you can put together! Who knows what you’ll be able to put together?
Try Doing Something New
And of course, it doesn’t hurt to try something completely new. Start making art, or if you’re into music, learn to sing. Don’t be afraid to begin anew, and remember that everyone’s a beginner. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making some mistakes when you start. But there’s a project that everyone should take on.
Take Care Of Yourself
Taking care of yourself is probably the most important project you could take on. There are three hobbies listed here, but there are a lot out there. But if you’re feeling down, anxious, or stressed, it’s okay to take a break. If your hobby isn’t helping you calm down and relax, it’s okay to put it down for a while and rest.
Being stuck at home doesn’t mean we suddenly must dramatically improve our hobby abilities. What’s most important during this pandemic is that we keep healthy, both physically and mentally.
When we look at art, it talks to us in a way we cannot explain. There is no sound nor text, but somehow, we understand what the artist conveys. There is an invisible yet incredible communication that happens. That is how powerful art is. That is the reason why we use art therapy as a tool to address different kinds of mental health issues in children such as anxiety and panic attacks, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, etc.
Surely, every writer knows what it feels like to get stuck in a rut. Just the monotonous churning of life with very little room to gather inspiration and motivation. And no matter how you force yourself to start writing an extraordinary piece, there are just not enough stimuli to even let you write your first line. Woe is you.
You’ve beaten up the primary stressors in your life yet you still feel as if you’re a rubber band all stretched out. Well, surprise! There might be little things in your daily life that are causing your stress levels to go up without you knowing it.
Most of the time, people love to judge stay-at-home moms. Whether it’s because of their personality or their lifestyle, there is a comment about them. What’s more is that some people ask about their “way of life” due to curiosity, these questions to them are highly insulting.
Are you a book lover? Do you want to read more books this year? Is it difficult on your part to find the right novel to enjoy? If you answered yes to all these questions, then this article is perfect for you. I have compiled a list of the top books that you will surely love flipping through the pages this 2018:
by R.J. Palacio
This is the right book to read if you are the type of person who loves heart-warming stories. The main character is August Pullman who is a ten years old boy suffering from facial abnormalities. Because of this condition, he encounters difficulty in dealing with other people. He finds it challenging to make friends at school. It can be heartbreaking to realize how hard is life is and how he keeps up with it.
Discover how August survives his day-to-day life situations. You will be surprised at how amazing he is. It is a narrative, so you get to discover the internal dialogues and interactions that the main character has with the other people in his life.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck
by Mark Manson
This book aims to inspire all readers to have a positive outlook on life. The self-help guide was written by a famous blogger in the United States. He presents the daily struggles that most people encounter in different situations and how to get over them. He will not tell you that the secret to a happy life is to keep thinking positive. Instead, he wants you to learn that sometimes, life can fuck you over, and it’s okay. The key is to live with it and keep on improving.
Astrophysics for People in A Hurry
by Neil de Grasse Tyson
Everyone is always in a rush. It seems that the twenty-four hours we get every single day is entirely insufficient. Fortunately, there are many things that we can to do make the most of our time. Neil de Grasse Tyson has some tips and tricks for you in one of his famous books. It is surprising to discover that there are lots of ideas to be good at time management. This book is definitely worth your time!
The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood
This is quite a dark novel that deals with the possibility of having a community that is controlled by tyrants. The main story revolves around the lives of women who are strictly pressured to follow whatever is instructed to them. These women are divided into different classes, namely the chaste, childless wives, housekeeping Marthas and reproductive handmaids. The book can be quite disturbing, but it is so beautifully written that it will spike your interest to finish it ‘til the end.
by Dan Brown
This book was published in the last quarter of 2017. It became a best seller instantly because a well-renowned author, Dan Brown, wrote it. Just like all his novels, this one also tries to stir controversy. One of the questions answered by this book is “Where do we come from?” Pay attention to details because the author took his time in researching for the book.
Make 2018 more fruitful by reading at least one, if not all, a book from the list above.