When You Knead Structure: Can Hobbies Alleviate Pandemic-related Anxiety?

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Karly Ball


anxiety, hobbies, COVID-19


This personal reflection considers how hobbies have helped me restore order to my routine during COVID-19. I consider pressures that my chronic health conditions placed on working from home during a pandemic, and I attempt to consider why other people might utilize similar coping strategies to my bread baking.

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