With the average US citizen spending up to six hours per day on their personal interests and hobbies, it’s clear to see that hobbies are a hugely enjoyable part of many people’s lives. From making new social connections to acting as an effective stress-reliever, hobbies provide an array of psychological benefits many people overlook.
Because some of us aren’t even aware of the benefits having a hobby can provide, seeing hobbies as ‘too much effort’ and avoiding them altogether is relatively common, especially among busy working people. So, if you’re interested in taking on a new hobby now you know the significant benefits it can offer, here are some simple hobbies you can take up right away – even if you’ve never had one before!
Too often do people assume exercise is just a gruelling method of ‘getting fit’ and don’t regard it as something enjoyable. This couldn’t be further from the truth as exercise is a notorious stress reliever and can be hugely enjoyable as long as you find a type you love.
Whether it’s running, cycling, swimming or simply walking, exercise is a hugely beneficial hobby and doesn’t have to cost a single cent. You don’t have to sign up for an expensive gym membership to experience the full benefits of working out, and in time you’ll gain significant mental and physical benefits – what’s not to love?!
Often considered merely a children’s hobby, coloring is actually one of the most relaxing and rewarding hobbies around. Full of variety and options, you can draw and color virtually anything you want, and that’s what makes coloring so unique.
With an app like Coloring Book for Mandala and Me with its array of mandala coloring pages, you’re able to color from the comfort of your very own sofa. Whether you prefer bright, bold colors or simple pastel shades, this app has everything you could ever need to create beautiful pieces without having to purchase expensive materials or making a mess!
Yet another hugely therapeutic hobby, gardening is both rewarding and able to save you money in the long run. If you choose to grow your own vegetables, you’ll essentially receive free food in time and experience a sense of satisfaction every time you eat one of your home-grown products.
But if vegetables aren’t your thing, the world of flowers and shrubs is virtually endless. Take into account the space you have available and do a little research on the most appropriate flowers for your climate – this will ensure you get the most out of your gardening experience. And, even if you don’t have a garden, you can always grow your own herbs from the comfort of your kitchen!
Hobbies don’t have to take up a lot of time or effort, and you are totally in control of how flexible you want to be. From running to spending time taking care of your garden, the hobby options available to you are huge – you just need to find something you enjoy!
Katherine Daniels enjoys being creative in her spare time. She does watercolor sketches and has started selling her prints online. Otherwise she’s stuck in a rather uninspiring 9-5 job.