Starting a new hobby is an excellent way to keep motivated and active through uncertain times. The last 18 months has generally presented more free time than usual. Trying new things and slowing down has become a central focus for many. However, starting something new isn’t always easy – appearing daunting at first, walking into an unknown world. But through correct learning, developing new skills can take place in a matter of days.
Research has shown that taking up a new hobby is perfect to alleviate stress, boost motivation and assist the overall cognitive function. There are hundreds of books in the market to see you hone your skills and become a professional at your craft.
Outlined below are some of our handpicked recommendations for the most popular hobbies
1.Get Tied Up in Crochet
Crochet is one of the greatest ways to unwind while creating something tangible. Similar to colouring in, crochet is engaging while at the same time relatively simple and repetitive. Once you get the hang of it, the systematic repetition is the perfect way to relax, unwind, and end up with a new scarf in 4 weeks. It is also the perfect hobby for those with little time and requiring some unwinding. Being able to pick up and put down your craft at any time makes it incredibly appealing for those running a family or juggling a busy schedule.
Crochet Stitch Dictionary by Sarah Hazell is one of our top recommendations for anyone looking to try their hand at Crochet. This informative yet easy-to-follow book will see you become a crochet professional in no time. Look out Nan!
2. Take A Deep Breath
Meditation is the perfect way to unwind, alleviate stress and boost productivity throughout the day. Studies have shown that meditation has powerful effects on the brain and assists in reducing the effects of depression and stress.
While stress within the external environment over the past 18 months has been unprecedented, an increasing number of people are now turning to meditation to re-calibrate their lives.
Meditation Made Easy by Lorin Roche demonstrates the power of mindful meditation on multiple aspects of your life through her book. He demonstrates how meditation doesn’t have to be complicated – even five minutes of mindfulness can centre your attention and improve health.
BONUS: If you enjoy autobiographies, Dan Harries’ 10% Happier is one of our personal favourites, which discuss the world of spirituality, self-help and the author’s connection to the topic.
3. Take Your Handwriting To The Next Level
Learning to write like a professional is something we all dream about – writing like we were born in the 60s is a fine way to impress your friends. Learning calligraphy is similar to colouring-in. It is an easy to follow, repetitive and therapeutic way to unwind after a busy day yet learn a new skill simultaneously.
Lettering and Modern Calligraphy is perfect for intermediates and beginners and has been well-loved by all our readers. This book is designed to take people from the very basics through to complicated lettering using easy-to-follow instructions.
4. Adult Colouring Books
In what may seem like a relatively straightforward concept, adult colouring books are a perfect way to relax and enjoy creating simple art. Because colouring is a relatively simple task but aesthetically stimulating, the effects on your mind and managing stress are astonishing. Studies have shown that colouring books are one of the greatest ways to reduce anxiety and generate mindfulness.
Styles and themes of colouring books vary wide and far. There are so many in the market that anyone is bound to find one that’s right for them. This website by Oprah Daily provides a large variety on colouring books available and its many different styles.
5. Wine and Reading
There’s a lot more to wine than just drinking it. Understanding the flavours and the differences between wine and its region of origin is just the tip of the iceberg. Learning about wine is a great way to spice up your drink at dinner and make drinking an exploration.
Our personal favourite book for exploring the flavours of the world is Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide by Madeline Puckette & Justin Hammack. Being one of the most renowned wine books on the market, the authors take the readers through a journey, exploring wine from every corner of the globe.
6. Interior Design and Home Organising
Adding extra time into people’s lives have seen an increasing number take up home development as a new pastime. Making time for tasks that you wouldn’t usually have is a perfect way to stay busy whilst also being refreshed.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is our favourite for those looking to organise their home. This short, information packed book explains the benefits of tidying up and how it can positively affect one’s life. This book is designed primarily to see people design the living space of their dreams, bringing increased functionality and a sense of refreshment.
Choosing a hobby that’s right for you comes down to personal preference and time commitments. There are hundreds of different hobbies to choose from, each providing much needed refreshment and revitalisation into anyone’s life.
Picking up a new hobby isn’t about being the best at your new skill. It’s about enjoying your newfound hobby. We hope these book recommendations and new hobbies inspire you to try something new and find a new sense of motivation.