Looking for a new hobby? Break out of your comfort zone today by trying something new. Hobbies are important because they improve our overall health; they’re stress busters, they help you make new friends and in turn make you more interesting as a person! It’s a win-win, right!?
Researchers believe that having a hobby acts as a positive influence on our overall state of well-being. They give us a sense of individuality and importance when we are not at work or with a significant other. They encourage us to take a break from the stresses of our everyday commitments and responsibilities. And, they make us more interesting, often working as a great ice breaker.
Research has also found that regular engagement in enjoyable activities during down-time can reduce blood pressure, waist circumference and body mass index (BMI). The research also found a correlation between those who engaged in these activities having a high level of positive psychosocial state and a lower level of depression.
What more reason do you need to find yourself a hobby? If you’re stuck for ideas here are 10 popular hobbies that you’ve probably never thought of…
Who would have thought paper-folding could be so soothing and satisfying? Even if you’re not an artist you’ll feel like one after perfecting origami.
Love writing? Why not practice calligraphy. There’s something very soothing about classing-up ordinary writing.
Now this would be fun! There’s nothing more memorable during your childhood then the moment your training wheels come off. Relive that moment and learn to ride a unicycle.
Get fit while you’re at it! Hiking is a great way to be adventurous and enjoy your own company.
5. Volunteer Work-
Put your free time to good use and feel good while you’re doing it. Volunteering gives us a self esteem boost; we feel good about helping others voluntarily and not just because we’re getting paid for it.
6. Candle Making-
The perfect way to relax is by lighting some candles, drawing a bath and sipping on a glass of red wine. So, why not make your own candles while you’re at it?
While cooking to some may feel like a chore, try cooking something for enjoyment. Maybe it’s something you’ve never made before or maybe it’s a cake to decorate. This kind of creativity distracts the brains from stresses, allowing you some down-time.
Buy an adult colouring book and stay between the lines. New research has found that colouring is a form of meditation. It helps to calm and soothe the mind.
Pick up a paintbrush and do some handy-work at home. A DIY project is a great way to take your mind off everyday stresses and challenge yourself.
10. Learn A Foreign Language-
Challenge your learning with a bi-lingual aspect! This might even be motivation to book your next holiday so you can show off your new skills.