Hobbies from Home
Posted by: The Personal Truths Team
We can all appreciate that setting quality time aside to do things you enjoy is a key aspect of living a healthy lifestyle. However, with hectic work schedules and free time often spent doing housework, running errands and squeezing in extra commitments; it can sometimes be difficult to find a healthy work / life balance.
According to research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, valuing your time more than the pursuit of money leads to a feeling of greater wellbeing.
“It appears that people have a stable preference for valuing their time over making more money, and prioritising time is associated with greater happiness,” said lead researcher Ashley Whillans, a doctoral student in social psychology at the University of British Columbia.
In a nutshell, ‘valuing your time’ by spending it wisely on hobbies, exercising or being with your friends and family, leads to greater mental wellbeing. The Personal Truths team have taken a look at the top ten hobbies you can do from the comfort of your own home for guaranteed ‘you’ time.
Start a blog or write a book
Writing is a therapeutic way to organise your thoughts so they’re right in front of you. It gives you the chance to express your creativity and blogging is the perfect opportunity to write about things you’re passionate about.
A great money saving hobby – look through your house for items for which you no longer use, then search for creative DIY ideas online. Pinterest had thousands of upcycle ideas, along with inspirational blogs such as Upcycle That. You can even go as far as furniture restoration.
Cook and bake
Go one step further in looking after your health and make cooking your hobby. There are so many quirky recipes available for free online and on social media; from ideas with cheap ingredients, to baking healthy treats. If you’re stuck for inspiration, why not give a recipe box a go, such as these from Abel & Cole.
If you’re artistic, there is nothing better than releasing creative energy by painting or sketching. Drawing is a great way to relax as your focus becomes the artwork and all other thoughts disappear. Other creative hobbies include calligraphy, embroidery, sewing and colour therapy books.
Challenge yourself with a tough puzzle, crossword or video game to keep your mind active and entertained. Games and puzzles can be addictive hobbies, with a great sense of achievement at the end. And if you’ve accomplished one level, there’s always the option to move on to a higher difficulty.
Start a book club with your friends
Reading is a fantastic way to escape into another world and someone else’s story. It’s also an opportunity to learn about different places and cultures. If you’re already an avid reader, why not set up a weekly book club, and have every person to suggest a different genre for the next time you meet?
When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, which is why exercise is great for both your physical health and mental health. Exercise can be anything from running and weight training to a dance class or yoga.
During the summer months, re-vamping your garden is the perfect excuse to get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine. There are gardening tips everywhere you look; online, in magazines, blogs and on TV. A wide range of plants and seeds are available to buy from the comfort of your home, and because it’s project work, the end product will give you something to aim for and be proud of.
Learn a new language
Broaden your knowledge of other cultures by investing in a ‘learn a language’ audio book or online course. While it may seem challenging at first, being able to speak another language is a really useful skill to have. Even if you just stick to the basics, being able to communicate with the locals when travelling abroad can be very rewarding.
Learn to play an instrument
According to this article by Shankar Mahadevan Academy, playing a musical instrument can relieve stress, make you smarter and build your confidence, along with many other benefits. It’s a rewarding ongoing hobby because your skill level depends on how much time you put into practising. There’s also the opportunity to socialise with a band or choir.
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