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New hobby ideas

Should you take up a hobby?

As a result of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, people from multiple countries have been temporarily furloughed, are working from home, or are self-isolating.

While social distancing brings with it its own boredom and frustrations, it also allows us time to reflect on personal growth.

For some, this turbulent period is an opportunity to discover a hobby they’ve previously lacked the time to explore in earnest.

Hobbies allow us to draw our attention away from our worries, and focus on something outside of ourselves. They also let us take time out alone, and encourage us be productive without having to be work-focussed.

FutureLearn has a huge selection of free online courses perfect for those of you looking to take up a new hobby.

If you want to explore your latent creativity, we have short creative courses on everything from screenwriting to songwriting to inspire your inner artist.

FutureLearn also offers language courses from leading universities, along with beginner courses in coding and programming – perfect for expanding your career skillset and keeping your brain busy at the same time.

For history buffs, you can discover the basics of archaeology and genealogy. And if none of that suits, you can even explore the moons of Jupiter – the sky is the limit.

Taking up a hobby is the perfect way to emerge from a spell of isolation with something positive. Browse our courses, and discover your new hobby today.