This is a collaborative post written by Ellie Jo.
Maintaining hobbies as an adult is hard. Between work, looking after kids, keeping up with your social life and running a home if can feel like there’s no time in the day for anything else. But actually, making a little time for yourself to do something you enjoy is really worthwhile. It can boost your confidence, make you more interesting (no more feeling stumped when asked ‘what do you do for fun?’) and can help you learn new things. Even as adults, we should be looking to expand our minds and grow wherever possible. If you don’t have all the hours in the day to spare and a whole lot of cash, taking up a hobby you can do from home is a good way to go. You don’t have to worry about childcare or travel to and fro; you could simply dip into it when your kids are at school or anytime you’re at a loose end. Here are a few to try.
There is a whole heap of reasons why learning to play an instrument is beneficial. It teaches you patience and discipline, and research has shown that it even improves your brain. In fact, adults who learn an instrument age better and have better motor, cognitive and physical abilities than those who don’t. The longer you have been playing, the better the benefits, but it’s never too late to start! You could buy a basic instrument which will perform perfectly without breaking the bank or even hire one from a music shop. There are often longer term hires available which are useful as it gives you a chance to try different things and work out what’s best for you. You can then download sheet music from sites like Tradebit. There are plenty of guides and video tutorials online so you can teach yourself and take up the hobby without spending much at all.
Arts and Crafts
There are a wealth of ideas on sites like Pinterest to inspire you to get crafty. You don’t need a ton of fancy art equipment to enjoy the hobby. Some pencils or an inexpensive set of watercolor paints with paper gives you endless opportunities to explore your creative side. You could look online for a second-hand sewing machine for cheap or free and have a go at sewing. This could even save you money if you’re able to sew some of your own clothes or home furnishings! Baking is another fun hobby you can do from home, a few inexpensive staples in your store cupboard and you can bake for next to nothing. Keep an eye on sales and offers to pick up things like decorations which can be more costly at full price. Plus baking something delicious is the perfect excuse to get friends and family round, you could all enjoy your creations with a hot drink and a chat.
Blogging and Writing
The great thing about blogging and writing is it costs nothing at all. All you need is a computer, and if you’re reading this chances are you already have one! Open an account with a free blogging site like Blogger or WordPress, and you have a platform where you can speak about the things you love, showcase your creativity and connect with like minded people. There’s a fantastic social side to blogging, which is a nice additional benefit.