Hobbies can be anything you enjoy doing. Whether it’s staying in and watching TV, spending time switching between social media apps or taking naps. Sometimes these “hobbies” become routine and we need a break to do something a bit more fulfilling. Having hobbies can be useful so that when you’re ready to get back to work, you have a clear mind. Here are a few things you can try to do:

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Get Grounded!

When we’re stuck inside all day, whether for school or work, it can be harder to be productive. It’s so hard to unplug and get grounded, here are a few things you can try to ease yourself into the habit of unplugging:  

  • GARDENING
    • Nothing is more grounding than giving back to nature. If you don’t know anything about gardening, that’s OK! There are plenty of how-to books to help you get started. In case there isn’t a place for you to garden, you can invest in house plants. Bringing nature back into your house can liven it up and clean your air as well. There are plenty of different types of plants that will be convenient for your time and needs. Don’t have time to go to your local nursery? There are websites that will deliver the plants straight to your doorstep!
  • CAMPING/HIKING
    • Don’t have a green thumb? That’s ok too! Remember, hobbies are something that you like to do. If you’re more of the athletic type then give camping a go. There are usually trails around the campsites and you can hike around in the area. Adventures in nature are something that can clear your mind.
  • STARGAZING
    • Whether you’re out camping, in your backyard, or even on your balcony, the stars are always out to say hello! You don’t necessarily need a fancy telescope either, some stars and planets are visible to the naked eye. You can learn all about them through books, the internet, or even apps. My personal favorite is the SkyView. All you have to do is point your smart phone at any part of the sky, and the app will tell you what stars, planets, asteroids, satellites, etc. should be there! So even if you can’t see it without a telescope, at least you’ll know which cool constellation is hovering above you!
  • COLLECTING  
    • If you thought that collecting things was just a hobby for children, think again. It’s never too late to start collecting things. Choose an item or items that interest you (and fit in your space). This can be anything from rocks that you find when out on nature walks, gems, bottle caps or even aluminum cans (you can even get some cash if you take the cans to your local recycling area. Not only will you be helping Mother Earth, but you’ll also get some extra change in your pocket).

Create!

The outdoors aren’t for everyone and that’s ok. Some people have a more creative side that needs to be explored more. There are plenty of activities that can be done from the comfort of your home or your favorite coffee shop. Here are a few hobbies that are done using pens, markers, and stationery items:

  • WRITING/JOURNALING
    • There are times that our minds are overflowing with thoughts and ideas and it’s hard to organize them. Writing down your thoughts can help you de-stress. There are also online platforms like Wattpad and Webtoon that you can upload your content on for other readers. This can even lead to being discovered by scouts and can eventually lead to publication. Maybe you want something more personal, journaling can be the way to go. There are bullet journals you can buy or create yourself. Writing about anything can help sort out your thoughts on what might be causing more stress.
  • CALLIGRAPHY/DRAWING
    • Don’t want to write about your thoughts but you still want to use those cool pens you bought a while ago? Then try calligraphy! This type of art is a hot trending topic these days. There are plenty of books you can either buy or borrow from your local library. Perhaps you’re not sure where to start, then there are even kits sold in certain bookstores and online that come equipped with utensils that are needed and instructional books. Additionally, there are so many Instagrammers and YouTubers that specialize in this kind of content
      • Drawing can also be an outlet to help manage stress. The good thing about drawing is that you don’t have to be good at drawing. It’s art so it can be as good as you want it to be. There are also videos on online that can help you achieve the style you want.
  • SCRAPBOOKING
    • If you’re the sentimental type, then you can pick up scrapbooking. Not only can you use calligraphy but you can also put your new drawing skills into it. Scrapbooking can be a method to incorporate all types of art forms while keeping your memories alive. 
  • ORIGAMI
    • If you’re the type that wants to see the end product of what you’re working on, then origami can be the hobby for you. There are all types of intricate designs and sizes that you can make. There are plenty of books and videos on origami. Sometimes even thrift stores will have books on different trades and crafts that you can find at a fairly low price.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
    • Photography is such a versatile hobby! You can do it from the comfort of your own home, or you can go outside and take pictures of anything else. So while you’re taking a walk outside, you can take advantage of the scenery and take amazing pictures. You don’t need a fancy camera to take the pictures either, most mobile devices nowadays have amazing camera qualities. You can even buy lenses for cell phones online at a very low cost.
  • DIY PROJECTS
    • Pinterest is a great place to look for DIY projects to do in your home either alone or with a group of friends. Who knows? maybe you’ll uncover a new hidden talent.
  • SEWING/CROCHETING/KNITTING
    • Sewing can be for everyone of all ages. It’s also a hobby that can save you money in the long run! Most local arts and craft stores have starter kits for all different types of sewing projects, whether it’s sewing something small or knitting a blanket.

Stimulate Your Mind!

Perhaps you need a bit more of a challenge mentally, then there are other outlets that might be more suited for you.

  • LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
    • There are different apps for your mobile device that allow you to learn a new language. Apps like Duolingo and Memrise are at a low cost or even free. Not only is a challenging thing to do but if you get fluent enough with the language then you can add it to your resume.
  • LEARN A NEW INSTRUMENT
    • Music is an outlet that helps a lot of people combat stress. What better way to feel one with music than to make the music yourself? Do some research on what would be best suited for you and look for videos online that can teach you. You can also visit your local library and explore the books that they have or just stop into a local music shop.
  • CHESS/STRATEGIC GAMES
    • Chess is a great way to sharpen your strategic and critical thinking skills. You can learn a lot about yourself too! When you’re stuck on a problem whether at work or school, taking on a different mental challenge can help you come back to the problem with a new solution.
  • INTROSPECTION
    • One of the most beneficial hobbies to have is one that helps your personal growth. Professional, academic, social growth, etc. all come back to personal growth. Get in touch with your sense of self. If you need a little guidance, you can research different personality tests and identifiers. Find out your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator from 16Personalities. Or figure out your strengths and weaknesses through Stephen Covey’s Strengthsfinders 2.0. If you’re into astrology, there are so many different websites like CafeAstrology that will help you create your birth chart.

Get Active!

  • DANCING
    • Being active can be a very helpful way to help combat stress. There’s also no need to go out. It can be completely free by just turning on the radio and dancing in your room. Don’t want to do it alone, check your local community center and they might offer Zumba classes at a low cost.
  • COOKING
    • Cooking is another way that you can express yourself while destressing. There are many forms of cooking that you can choose from. Even if you don’t know how to cook, there are lots of books at the library you can check out and online.
  • VOLUNTEERING
    • Want to feel like you’re doing something for your community? Then check your local community centers to volunteer. There are plenty of options that you can do. Volunteering is a very fulfilling experience that you can learn from.

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