What was your last satisfying simple pleasure
6 hobbies that will promote your emotional wellbeing
If, like us, you're going through curfew, if you've watched all of Tiger King's episodes, if you've done your daily workout and aren't sure how to fill the next few weeks or months, look no further. We stand behind you. At Bach, we've tried a few new hobbies and we believe you will enjoy them as much as we do. Have fun!
# 1 | Craft
There is something deeply satisfying about doing or fixing something. Sophie - our Global Content Manager - has always had a penchant for replacing lightbulbs, fixing a broken plug or building an IKEA closet. But since the curfew, it has taken things to more sophisticated landscapes. In the past few weeks she has tackled a few projects that you too could try:
- Sew a hand puppet out of socks or gloves for your children or nephews and nieces. Go online and find out how you can easily turn your old socks and gloves into cute animals. Here's a little elephant that Sophie made; all she needed was a sock, thread, a needle, and some toy filling. She also made a giraffe out of an old pair of knee socks and a squirrel out of a glove.
- Art. All you need are a couple of brushes and the primary acrylic paints (blue, yellow, and red) to make any other paint you need. Sophie researched some of the art pieces on her wish list and tried to redesign them in her own way. She also took inspiration from the view from her window to try to lift her mood a bit and include the outdoors wherever possible.
# 2 | Indoor plants
It is common knowledge that plant care can help people with their emotional wellbeing. And that's exactly what she did for Alison - Global Communications Manager - while she was at home. Before the lockdown was announced, she bought some houseplants. But now she's been inside all the time and has built caring for her plants into her daily routine. Here's how she did it:
- Daily watering. By sticking a finger in the soil of her plants, she can check which plants need to be watered daily. When the earth is dry, she waters it; if it is still wet, it will check again the next day.
- Cuttings. The more the better when it comes to our green friends. So Alison used old yogurt pots and pans and took cuttings from her favorite plants. A few tips: Take a healthy 3 to 6 centimeter long stem and cut it off with a sharp knife or scissors. Remove any low leaves and immediately place them in moist soil. It may take a few months, but you will soon have lots of beautiful new plants.
- Transplanting: Now that spring is, well, spring, the light is a little different. Be careful not to expose your windowsill plants to too much light or burn them. Each plant has different needs, so do a little research and rearrange accordingly. Perhaps you will find a new favorite place for it to flourish.
# 3 | Scribble
Are you a chronic conference call scribbler? Well, Frankie - our Global PR Manager - is one, and she takes her subconscious doodling to the next level while she's inside. Taking inspiration from artists like Mr. Doodle, she spreads out large sheets of paper to see where every scribble leads her. Although Mr Doodle is cartoonish and monochrome, you can play with colors and types of doodles: flowers, lines, shapes. You can also download a few templates to work on coloring in some pre-made doodles and use them for inspiration or just enjoy coloring in.
# 4 | Sewing (sewing pattern)
Sewing may be something you dismiss as a hobbies for old ladies. But don't be too hasty! Now is one of the best ways to redesign your wardrobe. Emma - our Global PR & Comms Executive - used YouTube videos to get inspiration for some changes to old t-shirts, jeans and sweaters. Think of flowers, polka dots, lemons; anything you like.
There are also a variety of free patterns online in case you have spare supplies on hand and want to try your hand at making clothes. You never know; You could unearth some unknown talent!
# 5 | baking bread
Caio - our Global Website Manager - has perfected the ability to bake your own bread. Much to the delight of his pregnant wife! Here's his recipe, straight from his grandmother's recipe book:
- 3 tablespoons of flour
- 8 g yeast or 1x small bag
- 100ml milk
- 100ml water
- 100ml vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- Tomato, to taste
- Hard cheese (we like slices, but try cheddar or parmesan), to your liking
- Ham slices, to taste
- Dried oregano, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 180 ° C.
- In a medium bowl, add salt, sugar, milk, water and yeast and stir until the yeast grains are completely dissolved.
- Stir in 3 tablespoons of flour and let the bowl stand in a warm place for 30-40 minutes.
- After the resting time is up and the batter has started to grow, add 2 eggs and the oil and stir again until completely blended and smooth.
- Once the mixture is smooth, start adding the flour, 3 spoons at a time, and stir. Repeat this process until the dough is firm and ready to be rolled out.
- Divide the dough into 4 parts and roll each into a long flat shape.
- In the middle of the flat batter add the filling; a slice of cheese, a slice of ham, tomato slices and oregano.
- Fold the dough in half so that the filling is completely covered and use the yolk from the third egg to coat the top.
- Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until it grows and turns golden.
Tip above: You can freeze the dough before it's baked. And when you're ready to bake it, you can thaw the frozen dough.
# 6 | Home improvement and home decor ideas
While changing your winter wardrobe and cleaning your house thoroughly well in advance of spring, why not make a list of a few things you want to work on around the house. Genelle - Global Digital Marketing Manager - got her house ready for the arrival of her baby. Here you can see what her household has been up to:
- Wall paint: Whether you have your own apartment or rent it, you can play with wall paints. Anyone who owns a house can try one of the many free virtual reality (VR) decoration apps. All you have to do is take a picture of the room you want to redecorate and add colors to see which one you would like best. For tenants of the world, a great alternative is to use temporary wallpaper. You can also use a VR app to decide what type of wallpaper you like and go online to buy them.
- Switch the light bulbs from bright white to warm yellow: it seems like a small change, but it makes a huge difference. White light shows off all of the lumps and bumps you don't want to see, while warm light is more natural and creates a cozy space that takes your eyes to the things you are most proud of.
- Create space: A tidy room can give you a sense of clarity and calm that we all need at the moment. As you change your wardrobe from winter to summer, pile up all of your clothes that don't fall in either season and set them aside for charity, recycling, or throwing away. Now do the same thing all over your house, moving from room to room, even in the bathroom; we hoard so many beauty products or half-full bottles of shampoo. Just make sure you donate to charity and recycling where you can.
Here are more tips and tricks from interior designer Sophie Surridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbiMuXBwk5k
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