Posted on Apr 06, 2020, 6 p.m.
To say the least, the shutdown many find themselves in at the moment is frustrating, but it also gives people an opportunity to catch on abandoned and forgotten hobbies, goals, and ideas. As such a recent survey asked people about their quarantine plans, the results suggest there may be many improvements when things return to normal.
2,000 British adults were surveyed, in all 60% of the respondents said they were planning on or had already started working on improving themselves during the lock down; some plan on learning an instrument, and others wanted to to start up mindfulness, drawing, painting, or writing.
Additional responses included enrolling in online educational courses, taking up yoga, learning how to garden, researching family history, and learning a new skill. One third report going to start working out at home daily, 25% plan on learning a new language, 10% are working on mastering coding programs such as Python, 7% are learning how to run a small business, and 32% are hoping to become master cooks by the time the lock down is lifted.
“There are lots of positives to an enforced time spent indoors. During this unusual time, it would be so easy to give in to the bad mood, worry all day, and focus on all the things you can’t do,” comments a Lottoland spokesperson in a statement. “Instead, as this research clearly indicates, many adults are choosing to use the time wisely, and in a really encouraging way.”
80% are working to find the silver linings to each day spent pent up inside, two thirds think that it is important to achieve something positive through all of this, 69% want to leave home lock down with a new skill, 57% are being positive reporting that they are looking forward in taking part in activities that they normally would never have had the time to do, and 40% report that they believe that they will be a better person once this outbreak is in the past.
60% of the participants that are parents report encouraging their children to learn a new skill and work on self improvement during all this downtime, 40% want to teach their children life skills such as how to clean up the home, and 20% plan on showing their children how to garden.
Learning how to cook was listed as the number one most frequent goal among all respondents, others worth noting include learning to sing, learning how to change a tire, learning how to cut their own hair, and learning how to practice mindfulness.
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