Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend your time? You should consider one of the most exciting and practical hobbies to pick up at home.
With all the extra time we now have on our hands, from staying home and avoiding our commutes, the lack of change in scenery can make life feel dull and unexciting. If you are feeling unmotivated or even unengaged at work, it may be because your brain needs a new challenge. While we may not be going outside and are avoiding running unessential errands, it is the perfect time to stimulate your mind and pick up a new hobby that you can practice at home!
Setting aside time for a new hobby can also help you to destress by clearly separating work and leisure activities while you are in the same space. While all hobbies can be rewarding, there are some that are not only great for relaxing but will also improve your quality of life.
Read on to find out the most fun and useful hobbies to pick up at home!
Being at home has pretty much forced us to try our hand at cooking our own meals, so this hobby is a no-brainer in terms of practicality. And yes, while a lot of us have never picked up a pan, are kitchen risks and want to avoid a house fire at all costs, I am not lying when I say that you CAN do it AND have something edible to show for it at the end.
There are tons of YouTube videos that teach you the basics, from how to poach an egg to how to cut a premium fillet of fish. Plus, if someone in your family already knows how to cook, you could learn the basics through video call and get to spend some quality virtual bonding time with them too! If you really want to hold yourself accountable, look into subscription services like HelloFresh that regularly send you all the ingredients and recipes needed to make a MasterChef worthy dish.
Lots of chefs and even companies like Airbnb are offering online cooking classes now, and many of these are free or cost less than $1. Check out a list of online cooking classes here.
Personally, watching cooking shows like TopChef and MasterChef inspires me to try new culinary challenges (like the Mystery Box or Quickfire Challenges), which makes cooking a lot more fun and exciting. I also recently discovered the Bon Appétit YouTube channel, which has a ton of cooking-related games and challenges that you can try for yourself or just watch while cooking at home.
Learning a new language is honestly one of the best uses of your time and an awesome hobby to pick up. Not only does learning a new language strengthen your brain’s neural connections; it is also a hobby that you can put down on your resumé, that employers actually care about. This hobby is especially beneficial for travel enthusiasts who want to explore the world. Connecting with others in different countries in, or over a love for, their own language can facilitate deeper social connections by allowing you to pass for a local wherever you may go!
Finding a foreign TV series you love can be an amazing way to motivate yourself to learn a new language. Immersing yourself in a new language this way can help you learn it more quickly, and watching a show or movie is also much more fun than reading a textbook about grammar. There are numerous and comprehensive language learning apps (like Rosetta Stone) that you can explore, and many of these are perfect for beginners as well. I’d also recommend participating in a language exchange with a virtual (or in-person) friend if you really want to dive deep into another culture.
Zumba is the perfect hobby for anyone who wants to take a step (pun intended!) towards improving their health. It is essentially a fun, aerobic work out to upbeat music and involves simple Latin-inspired dance steps. The best thing about Zumba is that it is super accessible for couch potatoes and fitness freaks alike. It is also a very low barrier hobby in terms of cost - all you really need is someone to follow along with. There are also already a million YouTube videos out there with instructors showing you steps that you can instantly try out, sorted by intensity level and even music style.
I find that the best way to get inspired and motivated to start Zumba is to find someone else to do it with you. Whether it’s a friend or a family member, beginning with someone else definitely makes you feel less sheepish when starting out - simply because you have someone else to laugh at and improve with. Whether you want to start alone or not, I’d recommend following a simple YouTube video to get started. Don’t forget that you’ll have the most fun when you dance like nobody’s watching!
Being closer to nature makes a lot of us happy. Whether it’s stepping outside for a few minutes or working in an office with windows, greenery has a calming effect. If you are lucky enough to have a backyard or lawn, now is the perfect time to pick up some tools and transform it into something that makes people stop and notice. It is also great idea to plant produce that makes up a large part of your diet like tomatoes or basil. Alternatively, if that seems like a big and unfamiliar step, perhaps you can start small and take care of just one plant. And yes, succulents count!
Visit a nursery and get inspired by all the vibrant colours and varieties of plants that could keep you company at home. You can also find out which plants would be best for your climate and care-taking capabilities here. If you are feeling creative, you can also assemble a simple but chic terrarium to house your plant babies. Here’s an easy video that shows you what you might need.
Developing a new hobby is an amazing way to learn new skills and continually improve on something. It is even better when your realize that activities that are fun end up being useful hobbies to pick up as well. Which of the three hobbies outlined above are you most likely to try, and what other hobbies are your personal favourites? Leave a comment and let us know!
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