If you’ve got some time to spare or are simply in the mood to try something new, we’ve handpicked some of the most satisfying, relaxing, or just the most fun hobbies to take up. So simply choose a hobby from our extensive list below.
If you’re not already into knitting, it’s a cheap and fun way to feel both accomplished and relaxed AND have something lovely to show for it. One study even found its physical and psychological effects to be comparable to yoga, distracting from chronic pain, and reducing symptoms of arthritis.
We all know the magic of getting lost in a really great book, but have you ever thought about writing one? Short stories are a great starting point — tap into your imagination, take inspiration from other things you’ve read or watched recently, and when/if you’re happy, try your luck at getting it published.
For first time painters, watercolor is your best bet as the consistency is easier to work with. Make sure you’ve protected the carpet or work surface with newspaper, and then head over to a tutorial on YouTube to get started.
Add some pretty paper florals to your home this season with this simple craft project. From colorful bouquets to show-stopping flower walls, you can let your imagination and creativity run wild when it comes to paper flowers.
Adult Coloring Books
If you haven’t already bought an adult coloring book, where have you been? These cheap and cheerful alternatives to kids ones have been flying off the shelves for the last few years and we can see why as they’re wonderful for stress relief. Just make sure your coloring pencils are nice and sharp!
How’s this for a dose of nostalgia? Stamp collecting was big business during the wars when soldiers would write home from all corners of the globe. If you’re lucky to have friends and family abroad during the lockdown, why not ask them to send you an old fashioned handwritten letter, and start a collection of all the weird and wonderful stamps you find.
Research Your Family Tree
This one is lots of fun for history buffs and curious minds alike. Thanks to advancements in technology, there are loads of resources around for tracing your family roots back generations.
You can start this hobby immediately if you’re physically able to. We don’t need to tell you the health benefits of regular exercise and with so many different types of fitness to try, why not give it a go?
Yoga is a great hobby that has also been scientifically proven to be beneficial to weight loss, overcoming depression, and anxiety. Just make sure you invest in a good quality exercise mat.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden to spend time in, it’s the perfect excuse to get outside and make a garden makeover your project.
If you’re looking for a hobby that looks impressive but is actually really simple to do, napkin folding is a great option. You might not be having any dinner parties any time soon, but with a little practice, this niche hobby will be sure to make an impact.
Block printing is an ancient practice for making art and printing textiles, originating in far East Asia, we’ve got the lowdown on what you need to create your own prints.
A puzzle can be a relaxing (or yes, frustrating!) hobby to take up and with so many out there to choose from, the fun is endless!
Now could be the perfect opportunity to grab your dancing shoes and learn how to dance.
Other Hobbies to Try
- Blogging or Vlogging
- Jewelry making
- Wine tasting
- Learning a new language
- Interior design
- Flower arranging
- Stand up comedy
- Make your own alcohol
- Lino cutting
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Yours.