Why you should continue honing skills you picked up during circuit breaker

We should not stop cooking, baking and exercising just because we are no longer stuck at home.

Ardini Insyirah

Published: 1 October 2020, 9:16 PM

Remember how different your Instagram feed looked during circuit breaker? Even while confined to home, everyone seemed to be trying out new hobbies and activities like baking, embroidery and exercising.

Now that we’re in Phase 2 (and possibly approaching Phase 3), I realised many friends have stopped the activities they picked up during circuit breaker, often citing busier schedules as their reason.

Here are three reasons why I feel we should continue honing these new skills and hobbies we picked up over circuit breaker:

1. Cultivating good habits can improve your lifestyle

Whether it was a way to fill up the extra time or an excuse to get out of the house, people were exercising more regularly during circuit breaker. This was a good thing, as incorporating exercise into your lifestyle helps maintain your physical and mental health.

Many of us have stopped exercising as much as we did back then, but are still working from home and slowly falling into the sedentary and inactive routines. This can negatively affect our well-being in the long run.

Beyond exercising, there are many good habits that we picked up during circuit breaker that can help achieve a healthier and more balanced lifestyle that we should continue doing. This includes starting your day early, eating healthily and reading regularly.


Starting your day early can be a good habit to adopt. PHOTO CREDIT: JULIAN HOCHGESANG VIA UNSPLASH


So let’s cut back on the bad habits and polish up on the fruitful ones!

2. Life skills are useful wherever you go

If you picked up some new skills at home like baking and cooking, congratulations, you are one level deeper into adulthood!

Many of us tried new recipes or started learning how to cook over circuit breaker, and this was beneficial in not only helping us pass the time.


I started baking a lot more during circuit breaker and experimented with creations like cornflake cookies. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/ARDINI INSYIRAH


Skills you learn at home are some of the most useful for the future. They teach you to not only take care of yourself, but also how to be a hassle-free family member.

So don’t stop trying out new methods of cooking or honing other homely skills!

3. Trying new things can open doors

Circuit breaker gave us the opportunity and time to try out new hobbies, and in some cases helped people discover their hidden talents.

One of my friends picked up embroidery over circuit breaker, and got so good at it that she started to sell customised pieces of her work online.


Some turned their newfound interests into profitable hobbies. PHOTO CREDIT: NIF.DESIGNS ON INSTAGRAM


Getting out of your comfort zone allows you to discover interests and talents that you may have never been aware of. It pushes you to expand your knowledge and attain goals for your own self-improvement.

This attitude of being open to new things is essential to grow as a person. It reflects the desire for constant self-improvement and helps you stay motivated to attain new goals, even in the face of uncertain times.

Circuit breaker helped get us started on new interests, which is often the most difficult step. Let’s keep on progressing and improving ourselves!

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