Around the same time the pandemic hit, cottagecore, the internet aesthetic showcasing a return to simpler life, started booming.
As people continue to shelter in homes and seek comfort in an uncomfortable time, pastoral hobbies like sewing, gardening, and homesteading, are becoming part of the new normal.
Imagine escaping city life to live in a cabin in the woods, where you go to bed early, hang your laundry to dry, and grow your own food.
Here are some ways to live your best cottagecore life…
Test your baking skills. Have you always struggled to perfect homemade bread? Or ever wanted to try homemade pasta? Here’s a recipe to get started.
Carve a pumpkin. Get crafty this holiday season. Just because trick or treating might be canceled in your town, that doesn’t mean you can’t be excited for Halloween. Go all out and decorate. Get creative with different pumpkin carvings.
Make a bird feeder. As the days get shorter and colder, birds are seeking food now more than ever. Consider a DIY bird feeder using a recycled plastic bottle. This simple YouTube tutorial from Eco Sapien is a great way to get started. You can also get prepared to participate in the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count from Monday, December 14, 2020 through Tuesday, January 5, 2021, by counting the types of birds that come to your feeder. Here’s how to join the count. If you’re a beginner bird watcher or an expert, this authoritative app can help you identify more than 800 birds by listening to their calls and viewing photos.
Go foraging for mushrooms. Mushrooms are not only fun to find, they are good for your health. Mushrooms contain a number of B vitamins and consuming them has been linked to better heart health, a healthier digestive system, and better skin. All you need is a forest and a good pair of shoes. Just be careful of poisonous mushrooms! Take a look at this app, featuring 570 types of North American species to help you identify mushrooms you spot along the way.
Join a book club. Being part of a club is a great way to get you excited about reading.
Drink tea. Drink a selection of herbal tea in your favorite mug. It’s relaxing, good for your health, and yummy.
Go forest bathing. If you’re feeling stressed, studies show that being surrounded by trees is a natural way to unwind and center yourself. If you’re unsure what forest bathing is, here’s how to get started.
For more ideas on how to seek comfort at home, check out our staycation e-book.
Written by Katy Savage