Life is all about finding balance. It often feels like in the struggle between work and play, friends and family, and all the other obligations in our life that we tend to forget to focus on ourselves. This is where hobbies come in. They give us the chance to engage in activities we love for the sole purpose of self-expression and self-improvement. Hobbies help us hone skills, destress, meet new people, and most importantly break free from the monotony of everyday life.
While quarantine made us no stranger to hobbies such as baking—honestly who hasn’t given it a go over the past few months?—there is a plethora of other hobbies that you can start today without needing to buy expensive equipment.
Check out below five cool hobbies to pickup on your spare time at home.
Yoga exercises both your mind and your body. It’s been proven to reduce stress, help battle against depression, improve overall fitness, and more. When things go rough and you're in need of more headspace, yoga can be your new go-to to relax yourself. You can always squeeze in a quick sesh when you awake, mid-day for stress release, or before bed to wind down. A word of caution, though: While there are tons of follow along yoga videos available online, make sure that the videos you follow are from accredited teachers or institutions.
Journaling is the ultimate form of self-reflection. Taking time out of your day to write things just for yourself gives you the opportunity to identify and deal with the stresses in your life, your bad habits, and your fears. It also gives you time to express your gratitude and focus on good things that happened to you within the day. Of course, there is no right or wrong way to journal. While some people like to make their journals a little more creatively or follow a specific journaling method, at the end of the day what you want your journal to be is up to you. Also, how satisfyingly cool is it to document portions of your life to look back on later on?
Voluntarily sitting down to read a book sounds like a huge bore to some people especially if they haven’t read for leisure in a long while. But we can't disregard the fact that through books, you can experience just about anything from fantastical worlds, different ideologies, the hardships faced by others, and more, without even leaving your homes. So, if you're itching to travel right now, reading books is probably the cheapest and easiest way to do so!
I know, I know. Embroidery seems like a dated hobby. But think about it this way: It's an easy and creative way to upcycle your clothes into new pieces. No need to spend too much, too! All you need is your mom's sewing kit, some old clothes you want to revamp, and your unlimited imagination.
Learning a new language
With the world being more international than ever before, it makes sense to invest time into learning a new language. Luckily for us, learning a new language is now more accessible. Countless free websites and apps available like Duolingo, Busuu, Memrise and more, plus additional material can be found on YouTube, podcasts, and blogs. Of course, the best and effective way to master a language is by practicing everyday. So, make sure to carve out time each day to finish a lesson or two. You can even grab a buddy to learn and practice with so you become more motivated to keep it up.