Hobbies are very enriching.
Exploring hobbies or learning a new skill is something that anyone can do at any time. You are never too old to try something. Having a renewed focus can be good for your mental health. Plus if you choose to learn something physical, you can also benefit from a boost to your physical health too.
With so many different things to learn, what makes a great skill to have under your belt?
Whether you are a novice in the kitchen or a pretty competent cook, teaching yourself some new skills, finding new recipes or learning how to cook different foods, such as trying to make this vermicelli noodle bowl, attempting to make your own pastry, baking or even cake decorating.
No longer just for little old ladies who spend all day at home. Knitting has grown in popularity over the years. There is a growing demand for handcrafted items such as chunky knitted blankets, personalised baby items or even knitted home accessories such as stool covers.
Pick up a pair of knitting needles, grab some yarn and head over to YouTube to find a tutorial on knitting for beginners.
Making, not drinking. Many people have invested in Kombucha kits, home brewing kits, and distillery kits. If you want to try your hand at making your own alcohol, the go-to options are gin and beers. You can even experiment with different flavors and the intensity. Getting started requires you to invest in the right equipment and tools to follow the process properly. And at the end of your experiment, you may even have some delicious alcohol to drink!
There are many different free and paid courses and apps you can pick to help you learn a new language. Why not learn sign language or how to speak in Spanish, Japanese, Korean, India or any other of the approximately 6,500 languages currently being spoken worldwide.
Get yourself a soap making kit and try your hand at creating some beautifully fragranced soaps. The actual process of making soap is pretty straightforward. Once you have mastered this, you can try your hand at making other toiletries, including bath bombs, moisturizer, face masks and more.
Music makes the world go round, right? Now is the perfect time to bite the bullet and pick up the instrument you have wanted to learn. You could learn so many different instruments, have a look at all your options, and then pick up some tips via online tutors, free tutorials, and even in-person lessons.
Art is therapy for the soul. It doesn’t matter if you are a creative person. Putting pen, pain, crayons, pencil to paper can be therapeutic. And if you aren’t technically perfect, then remember, art is completely subjective and can be interpreted in many different ways depending on the individual viewing your artwork. Additionally, drawing is super fun and gives you a new hobby despite your skill level.
If you have been wanting to take up some new hobbies, what is stopping you?
If you have tried new hobbies, what are they?
Let us know in the comments below.
Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy
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