Recently I’ve been realising how important it is to have hobbies, obviously we all need to work but when I’m not it’s about time I started doing something constructive with my time. Here are a few hobbies that I think are a fun and useful way to use your time!
Playing An Instrument
This is a great way to improve your concentration, rhythm and listening skills, plus it’s really fun. You don’t have to spend loads on getting an expensive instrument if you just want to play for fun and you can pick whichever one suits you the best – when it comes to lessons you can either pay a tutor or use the abundance of free online resources.Who knows maybe in the future you’ll be good enough to join an orchestra or group, which is a great way to make new friends and improve your discipline.
Most of the time when people think of knitting they picture the elderly who have nothing better to do with their time, but actually it can be a really useful skill to acquire. There are thousand of free knitting patterns that you can find on places like Pinterest, for all sorts of adorable items. Why wouldn’t you want to be able to knit yourself a cute hat or a tiny pumpkin? It also makes gift giving a lot easier as you can find a pattern to suit anyone, all you need to buy to get started is some wool and knitting needles
If you have access to Photoshop or any equivalent editing software then this is the hobby for you. Teaching yourself to create beautiful images from scratch has never been easier thanks to all the free resources out there, if you don’t already know how to use your software it will take a bit of getting used to but once you’ve got the hang of it I find graphic design very relaxing. Once you’re good enough there’s also the opportunity to turn your graphics into profit with all sorts of websites where you can upload your designs and then sell them on products for commission. Even if you don’t want to make money from it, it’s still a skill that can be applied in many professional areas, especially if you’re a blogger! The most important thing about graphic design is to let yourself take inspiration from everything and anything that you love.
Humans have been writing things down for centuries and there’s good reason for it – it’s useful and cathartic. I wrote about the benefits of doing a mind dump in my post for helping you to beat bloggers block but doesn’t just apply to bloggers, simply writing down everything that pops into your head can be a great release. If you’re more creative you can have a go at writing poetry, songs or even a novel! You simply need a pen and paper or a keyboard and you’re ready to let your imagination run wild. Consider collating all your pieces of writing in one place to look back on later and see if you can determine what you were thinking or feeling when you wrote it, a bit of self-discovery is always a good thing.
In this day and age we are all too quick to throw things out that really we could mend ourselves, if we just took the time, and sewing is often the skill required. Pick up some needles and thread in your local craft store and next time a cushion rips slightly try sewing it back up. If you haven’t got anything to mend there are plenty of free, beautiful sewing projects you can have a go at and if you can afford it you could even invest in a sewing machine. Before you know it there’ll be a queue of people at your door asking how to start sewing cute things.
Store bought cards are great but there’s something so special about a handmade card, it just says, I really put some thought and effort into celebrating you today. The thing I love most about card making is that the possibilities are literally endless, you start with a piece of folded card and then it’s up to you whether you want to draw, decoupage, stamp, collage or basically do whatever takes your fancy. It’s also so easy to customise cards to individual personalities and once you get the hang of it making them is really quick.
Top Tip: See what you’ve already got lying around the house that could become a piece on a homemade card. Look for patterned gift bags that can be cut up or small trinkets that can be glued on.
Most people can make beans on toast but what about actually being able to cook delicious meals that people will be fighting over for seconds. Learning to cook is also extremely useful if you or someone in your household has special dietary requirements or you’re looking to be healthier, it’s really easy to forget what’s actually in what you’re eating when you’re just pulling it out of the packet and putting it in the oven. You don’t have to start with trying to cook an entire Sunday roast but consider attempting something simple like a pasta dish and then slowly build up to more impressive meals. If you already have a good repertoire of dishes try expanding it and adding new recipes every once in a while, for some to get you started you can check out my delicious goodies board.
Language barriers can quickly become extremely frustrating so get one step ahead of the game by trying to learn a new language. Employers are always looking for people who are fluent in two or more languages and, did you know, learning a new language can help improve your memory and multitasking skills. It’s also perfect for that dream holiday abroad you’ve been saving up for. Plus there are tonnes of free apps you can download to your phone to get you started on the go. This isn’t necessarily a hobby where you will reap the rewards straight away but it’s definitely worth the time it takes.
Playing A Sport
We all, always, end up making those resolutions to go to the gym at the beginning of the year but in the long run it always ends up being boring and unappealing so why not try an actual sport instead? There are hundreds to choose from and one to suit everyone’s taste – it’s really easy to find out what your local area has to offer by doing a quick internet search and lots of sports cost nothing or very little to play. There are so many benefits to playing sports; you meet new people, stay active and have fun so it’s a really worthwhile hobby.
Memories are made to be kept and what better way than presenting them in an aesthetically pleasing format. Most craft stores sell inexpensive scrapbooks ready to be filled with the things you want to remember and if you need some bits and pieces to get started with there are also scrapbooking kits that come with a few die cuts, stickers and backing paper. There is no right way to go about scrapbooking you can choose which moments you want to include and how you want to lay them out, for inspiration you can join scrapbooking Facebook groups or just search the internet. Plenty of blogs are scrapbook specialists too. Print out some photos, dust off your craft supplies box and get started!
Anyone can become green fingered with enough practice and you don’t even need a garden – window boxes work just as well. Head down to your local gardening supply shop to pick up some of the basic tools and seeds, if you’re a complete beginner ask one of the employees to guide you in the right direction in terms of what’s best for you and then stock up. Just a few small flowers can really help spruce up your outdoor area and they’re easy to plant and look after. This is a perfect hobby to take up for anybody who wants to spend more time outside with nature.
The art of photography has come on so much in recent times, you no longer even need an expensive camera to get started as phone a compact cameras now provide high quality images that almost rival those on DSLRs. Choose a subject you like or are interested in and start snapping away, it takes a bit of knowledge and practice before you’re getting really good quality images but there are so many tips and tricks available. Consider investing in a photography book for easy reference and remember to consider composition when actually taking a shot. To get started look up information on the formal elements and the basics of how camera work, it will really help you get professional looking images.
Do you have a great hobby that I haven’t listed? Let me know in the comments below!