You go to work, you come home, you eat. When free time comes around, many of us resort to two options: spending money going out or staying in and streaming videos. What is a way to break up the routine without spending too much? Perhaps a new hobby!
Recent studies have shown a positive link between hobbies we do for fun and cognitive ability. Hobbies have also been connected with higher overall happiness and lower levels of stress.1 If you don’t currently have a hobby, you may not know where to start. We’ve compiled a list of easy-to-approach hobbies you might like based off of other preferences you have. Find your new hobby now!
Step Up Your Foodie Game
Everyone has to cook from time to time for survival, but how often do you do it for fun? Cooking and baking range from simple to complex processes, allowing you to really develop your hobby in a variety of ways. If you feel confident in your current cooking skills, start to elevate your understanding by specializing in a certain cuisine or perfecting a certain technique. Go through your cookbooks at home and try those recipes you always skip over because they seem too complicated.
If you’re not much of a cook at all and not sure where to start, try a service like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh where the recipes and ingredients are picked out for you and sent with easy-to-read instructions and visual aides.
Painting and Drawing
Are you addicted to colouring books? Take this trend a step further by trying your hand at drawing or painting. There are a variety of styles to try. Practice on your own or build a technical foundation with lessons on sites like Drawspace.
Drawing a blank on what to create next? Check out this simple and addictive sketch book that gives you over 600 prompts to try.
Dedicate some time to that stack of books you always say you’re going to get through. If you struggle to make your way cover to cover, pick a different story from these books favoured by bibliophiles.
If you want to share in the fun with friends, start a book club! Not only will it keep you accountable and ensure you’re making time for your new hobby, talking through the story may help highlight nuances of the story you may have overlooked or give you the chance to reexamine your favourite parts.
With high-quality cameras available to everyone through their mobile, photography is super easy — we snap away without thinking twice. Back when photos were taken on film, we’d take more time considering the lighting and framing of the shot because we were limited to a few. Revisit the days long gone and dust off your camera.
Enrol in a photography course at your local community centre or find an online resource to teach you about your camera and how to take the best photos.
Rec Sport League
There are so many opportunities to play sports when you’re younger. Club sports are a great time to get in some exercise in a social atmosphere. You can pick up what you played as a child or try something new. No matter what direction you choose, it’s sure to be a fun time.
Did you know there are 24 official languages used in Europe? That’s 23 opportunities to bulk up on a new skill! New languages can help you on your next international adventure or add something special to your CV.
Dance comes in so many forms — it’s a hobby for anyone! Look for adult level classes at your local community and build your technique in classic styles like ballet, tap or jazz. Some may even have musical theatre or hip hop! Grab a partner and try out ballroom classes.
If you like to dance for exercise and aren’t excited about the technical aspect, try a dance-focused cardio class like Zumba, WERQ or other styles of easy-to-follow dance routines to scorch calories. Many dance-based cardio workouts are available on DVD, so you can do them in the comfort of your own home and for a fraction of the cost of a gym membership.
Speaking of exercise, there are many forms of exercise that can become a hobby. From yoga to rock climbing, spinning to boxing, there are many ways you can invest in your physical health as well as your mental health through a new exercised-based hobby.
If you know you want to explore a new physio-focused hobby, but you’re not sure where to start, try something like Class Pass. Available in London and other large metro areas, Class Pass gives you access to many boutique studios at a fraction of the cost. Use their introductory pricing to find the workout style that works best for you.
Knitting may sound like the ideal hobby choice for your grandmother, but don’t be too quick to pass judgment. There is a worldwide resurgence of the crafting culture, similar to how our elders grew up — and all for good reason. Knitting has been known to relax and reduce stress in knitters and it allows you to shake off the stress and thoughts of the day and focus your energy on a simple task. The best part? You’ll have a tangible product at the end of all your efforts.
If you’re not sold on traditional knitting, start with arm knitting, a less time-intensive endeavour. Arm knitting has gotten popular in recent years for a simple reason: most arm knitting projects take an hour or less! Try some of these arm-knitting projects today.
Have you ever found yourself watching hours of DIY shows on a home improvement channel? Furniture rehab may be for you! Start by looking around your home for pieces you want to upcycle. Look to see what others have done with similar pieces on Pinterest or DIY blogs, or stop by your local hardware store to see what the experts there recommend.
If you don’t have pieces at home to start with, find something at the local flea market. Start small (and cheap), taking on projects you know you can complete. Otherwise, you might get frustrated and give up altogether or spend too much money trying to remedy the issues in the process.
1Mitchell, H. (24 August 2015). Does having a hobby increase your happiness? Retrieved 7 October 2016, from http://www.wsj.com/articles/does-having-a-hobby-increase-your-happiness-1440430582