With many people now spending more time inside for the foreseeable future, it can be tough to stay motivated when you’re working from home. That is why having a hobby is a brilliant way to help you get the break you need and stay productive in the long run.
Immersing yourself in a new activity, be it physical or creative, will help bring you into the present moment and chase away boredom. And with the wealth of hobbies that are easy to do at home, in your local area and beyond, there’s never been a better time to expand your horizons and make a list of hobbies to try.
Here are 9 fun and low-cost hobbies you can try while at home.
Try Doing Some yoga
Yoga is one of the most popular exercise practices in the world and makes it onto many people’s list of hobbies, with millions of people using the downward dog to improve their heart health, relieve anxiety, and decrease stress.
With so many tutorials online, yoga is a hobby that you can get started with very easily.You will need for yoga is a mat, which you can use in the house or garden, and some workout clothes and you are good to go.
Take a photography course
Photography is one of the best hobbies to do at home because if you want to start with the basics, you don’t need to buy anything extra. And in the advent of smartphones and tablets, everyone has the potential to be a great photographer, which is why it made it onto our list of hobbies.
Whether you’re amassing an enviable Instagram-ready photo album or looking to get published in a magazine, photography offers the opportunity to capture memories, improve your eye for detail and relieve anxiety, as you spend much of your time focusing and noticing your surroundings.
While anyone can take a picture, it takes a certain finesse and the right camera to really capture the right angles. Take a photography course online, or read through some advice before you get started and then shop the right camera for you. A DSLR camera, for example, is ideal for a beginner. It is easy to use and not too expensive for a high-quality digital camera.
Learn how to play an instrument
It’s never too late to pick up a violin, guitar or trumpet and reap the benefits of playing music. Mastering an instrument can boost your memory, improve dexterity and hand-eye coordination, and sharpen your concentration, not to mention give you the chance to meet and socialize with other musicians when you can.
Many music teachers have now taken their lessons online to places, so this is one of the easiest hobbies to do at home. Or you can find free online tutorials on Youtube, with videos about everything from tuning an instrument to playing a song.
I’ll start by saying that I’ve been meditating for about a year now and without a doubt it has significantly improved my life. Once I realized that you don’t have to sit cross-legged with your eyes closed and woke up to what meditation actually can be, I have found it to be a great way to step away from the chaos of life and to check in with my bad self. The best part about meditation is that you have all of the tools to get started already within you. You can do it anywhere you’d like, and it’s free!
Listen To Podcasts
There are funny podcasts, educational podcasts, podcasts with celebrities – you get the idea. Whatever you’re interested in, it is very likely there are podcasts about it. Search online and see if there are any that grab your attention.
Try new recipes
Cooking is a useful life skill as well as a fun way to spend your time. Invest in cheap ingredients and learn how to cook all of your favorite meals. You can find free cooking course and reciprs on YouTube and similar websites.
Writing is one of the cheapest ways to have fun. From blogging to trying your hand on a book, there are lots of different ways to enjoy writing. One of the easiest forms of writing is journalling. Writing about the day’s happenings or whatever is weighing on your heart can be therapeutic and relaxing.
Did you know that budgeting is also a form of a hobby? Budgeting is a great way to get your finances in order and save you some money. Plus, with this technique you might be able to start a more expensive hobbies like investing. Investing is a great way to earn some extra money, just make sure you do your research properly when you first start. You don’t have to invest large sums, but small ones will be just as rewarding if you have a plan.
Reading is a great way to exercise your mind. You can choose to lose yourself in a fictional world, learn more about your own world, or read the autobiography of someone you admire. If you decide to pick reading up as a low-cost hobby, consider getting a library card for your local library if there are any. They will have a huge selection of books you would want to get your hand on.