No matter what age you are, having hobbies is super important, but most of us can probably agree that finding hobbies as an adult feels almost impossible for a number of reasons; lack of time, not sure what hobby to pick up, too busy scrolling. Not only are hobbies expressive, but they are very much a form of self-care, a way to challenge ourselves, an opportunity to get out in the world and meet with new people, and do you know what else? They’re a way for us to feel really darn proud of ourselves because we’ve accomplished something. If you aren’t sure where to even begin, we have some tips that will help you, a full-blown adult, find a new hobby.
Think about what you absolutely loved doing as a kid. Was it art? Building? Being outside and looking at bugs? Reading? For a lot of us, the last time we did something because we really loved it and not because we felt obligated was when we were children. Say for instance as a kid you loved sitting outside and just looking at the world around you, well, as an adult maybe you would enjoy bird watching or hiking as a new hobby. Hey, it’s worth a shot.
Once you’ve come up with a few ideas that align with what your interests used to be, come up with some ideas that pertain to what you might like to enjoy now. A lot of people enjoy crafting because the arts force our focus on something else meaning we have to forget everything, even if just for a little while. So don’t think you only have to try hobbies that align with what you once loved, get creative in your endeavors.
Consider past projects that never got finished. Almost all of us are probably guilty of starting a project and not seeing them to completion. Well, instead of just letting all of those materials sit around, pick them back up and see if you’ve still got it. If not, at least you tried, but best case scenario you just found your new hobby.
Pay attention to the things you’re naturally drawn to while you’re out and about. Can you just NOT pass a bookstore without wanting to go in? Maybe reading or writing should be a hobby you consider. (We know, reading books and collecting books are two very different things, but they don’t have to be in your world!)