a year ago – by Lisa Marlin

Wondering What to Do When You're Home Alone? Have Fun Learning a New Skill

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Wondering what to do when you’re home alone? Take the opportunity to learn a new skill with one of these fun and productive activities!
  1. What to Do When You’re Home Alone
  2. The Best Way to Learn a New Skill

Figuring out what to do when you’re home alone can be a challenge. These days, it’s all too easy to fall into that boring pattern of scrolling through your socials in a zombie-like state. We know, the struggle is real.

However, being at home doesn’t have to be boring. Spending time alone at home can be the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to speak French, paint, cook, or read tarot cards, now is your chance!

So, if you are looking for a new skill to master, read on to get some productive ideas for things to do when you are home alone.

What to Do When You’re Home Alone

Mentioned below are some of the most exciting and interesting things to try when you are home alone. This is what you should do when you are bored at home!

1.   Learn a new language

Hands up if you’ve watched Amelie and been inspired to learn French or read Eat, Pray, Love and wanted to learn Italian so you can fly to Rome and gorge yourself on pasta and gelato?

Learning a new language is a great skill to pick up and one of the best things to do when you’re home alone. You may think that you don’t need to speak other languages, since people speak English all over the world. However, there are plenty of places where speaking the local language will make travelling a whole lot easier, not to mention allow you to connect with local people and have a much deeper travel experience.

Even if you’ll rarely use the language in practice, this is an excellent way to keep your brain active and exercise those little grey cells. The first step is to choose the language you want to learn: this might be something that will be useful to your career, a country you’ve always wanted to visit, or simply a language that interests you.

You can then sign up to an online course (you can even find free ones for beginners), find an online tutor, or use an app like Duolingo. To further hone your skills, you can watch movies in the language you’re learning. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll pick up just by watching a film in a foreign language with the English subtitles on. You can also read books in this language to sharpen your skills.

2.   Learn to paint

We all have an artist hidden inside us. Think back to when you were a child: chances are you were very keen on drawing and maybe even practiced your skills on your bedroom wall. If you’re wondering what to do when you are bored at home alone, maybe it is time to pick up a paint brush again.

Since you are only doing this for yourself, there are no expectations here. No one expects your first work of art to be fabulous. You can take your time and paint anything you like. This is about developing your skills in a relaxing way, though if you manage to make something cool for yourself or for a gift, that’ll be a bonus.

Betterly’s Paint and Color series is a great way to get started, with everything you need to learn the art of chalk paint. This is a simple yet highly effective medium that can be used to make anything from wall art to stunning vases.

3.   Learn to knit

If you think of knitting as something that only grannies do, think again. Knitting has seen a surge in popularity of late, with people of all ages picking up a pair of knitting needles. This is also a great skill to learn if you want to live a more sustainable, ethical lifestyle by making your own clothes and accessories.

Learn to knit and you’ll be able to make your own jumpers, scarves, hats, and more! These days, there are also tons of fun yarns you can play with in a limitless range of textures and colours, including ombre, variegated colours, and metallic.

4.   Learn to BBQ

Learning to BBQ is a skill that will benefit not only you but also all of your friends and family. Practice this skill when you're home alone and once you’ve become a grill master, invite your loved ones over to share the delicious results with you.

Grilling meat, fish, and vegetables over charcoal delivers a special taste that you simply don’t get when cooking on a stove or in an oven. Getting this right with the correct flame temperatures, as well as the best marinades and spices is truly a skill, but it is one that’s fun (and tasty) to learn.

5.   Learn about science

If you have always been interested in science, it’s time you got back into it. Science is vast, and the knowledge you gain from it is inexhaustible. If you like geeky science facts, take an online course or check out science blogs to stay updated with scientific advancements too.

This is a great skill to develop when you don’t know what to do when you’re bored at home alone. You can also uncover the secrets of science in a fun way, away from screens, with our Leo³ series.

6.   Learn divination

Ever wondered what your future is going to be like? With the power of divination you can get insight into what the future holds. DIvination is the ancient practice of seeking knowledge and insights into the future through rituals and tools.

Uncover the secrets of divination with Betterly’s Power of Divination series, guided by experts in the field and with the help of divination tools to explore the Zodiac, read Dream Cards, and interpret the Major Arcana.

7.   Learn creative writing

Writing is an excellent way to explore your creativity and learn a new skill when you're home alone. 

Penning down your thoughts is very therapeutic, whether in a journal, poem, or by taking a stab at writing your own novel. If you take up writing as a serious hobby, you will undoubtedly get better at it over time too.

Creative writing is a fun skill that has so many benefits. When you put pen to paper your imagination sharpens, your writing skills improve, and you feel at peace.

The Best Way to Learn a New Skill

When you’re wondering what to do when you're home alone, it can be all too tempting to just scroll through Insta or binge out on Netflix. Sure, you may have all the best intentions to do something productive, but making this happen can be difficult.

Often, we just need a little kick up the backside and maybe a bit of inspiration to get us started. Once you get into it, you’ll be having so much fun that learning your new skill will become a regular habit.

Betterly’s monthly curated experiences are a great way to get that inspiration you need — you’ll get tools, knowledge, and tips delivered to your door every month, encouraging you along your journey to keep learning something new. Take a look at our full range here.

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