Social distancing is driving a lot of people insane. This is understandable. Most people cannot stand isolation. They need the company of others to enrich their lives. They also don’t know what to do with themselves once you remove the structure their job provides.

If that sounds like you, you don’t have to succumb to the boredom that is driving so many people mad. Use this opportunity to better yourself. There are so many hobbies that you could not find the time to master before but which you can start experimenting with today, for instance:

1). Cooking

If all your meals come from your local diner, this is as good a time as any to cultivate your culinary skills. Go online and start looking at recipes. For the most part, cooking is a simple matter of experimenting with ingredients.

You could always sign up for an online class. But if you want to take a more casual approach to the process, find some simple recipes, and start experimenting. Given enough time, you will get the hang of cooking. If you already know how to cook, use this opportunity to fine-tune your skills. Try your hand at making the sophisticated meals you typically find in your favorite high-end restaurants.

2). Arts and Crafts

This field is quite broad. You can make beads, learn to embroider, cross-stitch, draw, paint, etc. The sky is the limit with arts and crafts. The path you choose to take will depend on your talents and preferences. Additionally, this hobby is not that expensive. Supplies are readily available. You can use household items to create combs, candles, picture frames, and the like.

3). Bees

If you have ever wanted to handle bees, this time of isolation is perfect for you. This is because beekeeping is time-consuming. You must inject quite a bit of effort into the hobby to fully understand and appreciate its intricacies.

You cannot master beekeeping on a lazy Sunday afternoon. But with this period of isolation, you have all the time you need to sink your teeth into the activity. It is quite rewarding.

4). Photography

Professional photographers don’t just take pictures. They use the images they capture to tell stories. Today, anyone with a smartphone can practice photography. The key is to dedicate a few hours of your time each day to figure out what it takes to capture emotionally moving images. Don’t waste this opportunity that social distancing has provided. Use this free time to indulge in hobbies both new and old.