Having hobbies when we were younger felt easy because we didn’t have much going on. But as we get older, work, family, and relationships often take precedence over hobbies. And when it’s been a hot minute since we’ve done something just for fun, it’s difficult to know where to start. Follow these tips to find a hobby that sparks joy and adds meaning to your life.
It’s What You Know
Turn what you already know into your new hobby. Think about how you like to spend your time and roll with it. Do you love cooking shows? Sign up for a cooking class. Is your fur baby the center of your universe? Volunteer at your local animal shelter. The beauty of taking something you already know and turning it into a hobby is that you’re already passionate about it, so your hobby will never feel like an obligation.
Another way to find a hobby that sparks joy is by revisiting your childhood hobbies. For example, if you once enjoyed arts and crafts, consider taking art classes in your community. If you were always reading as a kid, join a local book club.
See If It Sticks
Finding a hobby you love can be hit or miss. You may have to try several hobbies before settling on one you enjoy – and that’s okay. Our best advice is not to get overly invested in purchasing materials until you know you’ve found something you want to stick with.
Ask yourself what you’ve always wanted to do, and try it. You may surprise yourself and love it or find out it’s not your thing. Regardless, you can say you’ve tried something you’ve always wanted to do!
Don’t Overthink It
Find a hobby that prevents you from overthinking things or becoming anxious. A hobby is supposed to be fun and relaxing! If you are experiencing stress, this might not be the hobby for you.
Hobbies Can Be Productive
The words hobby and productive don’t always go hand in hand, but they can! For example, cooking, home decorating, reading, exercising, or playing an instrument are all productive hobbies that can be beneficial in the long run.