Having a hobby allows you to reduce stress while spending time doing something you enjoy. Hobbies can have a beneficial effect on your overall quality of life while improving work performance and making you happier. When you have a hobby outside of work, the happiness you gain from your hobby can spill into your work and other parts of your life.
Depending on your hobby, you can also gain valuable skills that make you better at your job. For example, if you have a hobby making YouTube videos, you likely will create better presentations and have better speaking skills than other people at your work.
Ultimately, having a hobby you enjoy can improve your overall life, including your happiness at your job. Unfortunately, too few people have hobbies they enjoy. Many people just haven’t found something they like to do outside of work, while others believe they don’t have enough time to find a hobby. Don’t worry; there’s a hobby for everyone out there, no matter your lifestyle. Here’s the beginner’s guide to finding new hobbies.
Consider What You Already Enjoy
Think about the things you do in your daily life you already enjoy. The chances are you don’t come home from work and continue to do more work on most days. Consider what you like to do for fun. Believe it or not, things like listening to podcasts, eating, and watching television can all be turned into hobbies, such as taking cooking classes, joining a sports team, or even starting a podcast.
Even things like working out, something many people do every day of the week, can be a hobby if you enjoy it. Everything you like to do can be transformed into a hobby; you just have to consider all of the possibilities. For example, if you enjoy reading, you might take up a creative writing class at the local college, something that can also help you improve your professional skills.
Essentially, you’re already doing the things you like to do when you get home from work. It’s up to you to turn sedentary activities into actionable activities that keep you either mentally or physically active.
Reclaim Old Hobbies
When you were a kid with lots of time on your hands, you enjoyed spending time outdoors, painting, putting on costumes, or simply baking in your Easy-Bake Oven. Consider all of the things you enjoyed doing as a kid before work and life got in the way. Even though you’re grown up now, you’ll likely still enjoy doing the same things. For example, if you liked to paint as a child, you can take a painting class at the local community center and learn how to paint masterpieces for your friends and family.
Try New Things
If you can’t figure out what you’d enjoy doing for a hobby, then consider trying everything and seeing what you like the most. There are ways to try just about every hobby out there. For example, if you’re someone who enjoys making things, you can visit the local craft store and purchase clay, yarn, knitting needles, paint, and even wood to see which artistic crafts you enjoy the most. You might find that you enjoy working with clay to help you calm down and destress at the end of the day.
You should also consider other activities that can get you out of the house as well, such as volunteering opportunities, sports teams, and clubs. Try everything you can to help you understand what you like doing outside of work and hanging out with friends so you can find a hobby you truly enjoy.
Remember, you might not like the first few hobbies you try. For example, you might be awful at painting or not have the proper hand-eye coordination for knitting. However, keep trying. You may eventually find that you’re more of an athlete and enjoy joining a sports team where you can make new friends.
If you’re not sure how to start trying new things, take a look at events happening around your community. Visit your local community center’s website to find if they are offering any free classes, including art or fitness classes you might enjoy. Even if there’s something you think you won’t enjoy, you should give it a try because you never know if you’ll like something until you give it a shot.
What to Consider When Looking for a Hobby
The hobby you choose might be based on a few factors, including:
You should always choose your hobby-based on whether or not it’s something you enjoy. A hobby you don’t enjoy isn’t a hobby at all; it’s work or a chore. Ultimately, if you find a hobby you love, you’ll be able to prioritize the rest of your life to ensure you have enough time for it.
Unfortunately, many of us are busy, which means we won’t be able to spend all of our free time away from work on our hobbies. The good thing about hobbies is you’re not on a set schedule. Instead, you’ll find ways to fit your hobby into your schedule. Unfortunately, you might not have time to work on your hobby every single day, but spending a few hours every week doing something you enjoy can help you relieve stress.
It’s okay if you can’t fit your hobby into your busy schedule every week.
Depending on your hobby, you might require space. For example, if you want to take up painting, you’ll need an area of your home to dedicate to your easel and supplies. You may want to use your garage for painting if possible so you don’t have to worry about making a mess. If you live in a small apartment or don’t have any room to spare, then you might want to consider a hobby that gets you out of the house, such as joining a club.
Finding the Right Hobby for You
Everyone enjoys doing different activities in their free time. What your friend enjoys might not be right for you. Finding the right hobby takes time, but once you find an activity you enjoy, you’ll have a hobby for life.