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Five steps to find a new hobby

July 2, 2020

As we officially have all 24 hours of a day to ourselves, most of us may be eating, sleeping, Netflix-ing and repeat. With all this time on our hands, why not develop a new hobby?

Many of us have favourite hobbies that we can’t wait to get to do during physical distancing, however, some of us may be struggling to find a hobby or would like to find a new hobby. 

Here are five easy steps that worked for me in finding a new meaningful hobby: 

Take it back to childhood 

If you don’t know where to begin, think back to what you loved doing as a kid. Usually, as a kid, we would only do what we really enjoyed doing and chances are you probably still love to do those tasks today. For me personally, as a kid, I enjoyed painting and colouring, so these days you can find me printing off a picture, getting out my art set and colouring away! 

Try a couple of ideas

Now that you have narrowed it down to a few things you enjoyed doing as a kid, let's give those ideas a try 

Choose the idea that made you forget about your day

As you experiment with new ideas, try to figure out which one really made you forget about your day. 

Notice what you love to buy as guilty pleasures 

Is there a certain thing you just can’t help but buy whenever you come across it at the store? This item can be transformed into a new hobby. For instance, my favourite hobby is doing DIY’s especially fashion related DIY’s, which I realized began from my guilty pleasure of buying super cheap clothes from the thrift store and turning them into something I would wear. I’m always at the thrift store or similar super discount stores checking out random items and I must buy something, so I tend to leave with a plain tee that needs a little bedazzle. That’s where my colouring and painting hobby from childhood comes, in which I now have a shirt as my canvas when I’m bored of plain old paper. 

Reflect

Think about what you would like to change about yourself. Sometimes it is hard to fully let go and do a hobby for the sole purpose of pleasure. If this is something you struggle with, transform your hobby, personalize your hobby for the better. How will this hobby help you be who you want to be…

Five DIY hobbies to help you get started: 

Sewing, crochet, or knitting 

A total low-cost and handy hobby to help you pass time. You could knit birthday presents, socks, gifts etc.

I became interested in sewing when I took a fashion course in grade 12, where I sewed pajama shorts from scratch.  I never knew how fun sewing would be till I tried it, so I encourage you to check out this easy, beginner sewing video tutorial to help you get started if you are interested.

Gardening

A fulfilling and therapeutic task, just a few cheap packets of seeds to grow a marvellous garden. 

I don’t know about you but it seems like a lot of people are either baking or gardening this summer, as the baking supplies are always sold out and the garden centre lines are astronomical. A fun hack though, check Dollarama for plant seeds and baking goods, as the lines are never long and they usually aren’t sold out. 

Scrapbooking 

An awesome way to help remember the best parts of your life. Supplies are cheap and you can drink or print your wonderful memories. 

When I first began scrapbooking I always felt like I was doing it wrong or my scrapbook was never cute enough like the pictures you see online. So I began browsing through videos to get some layout and design inspiration. My personal favourite video shows you how to take random pieces of paper, old shopping bags, maps and small souvenirs and use them to enhance your scrapbooking skills. 

Cooking 

A fun way to spend your time and a useful life skill. Invest in cheap ingredients and learn to cook your favourite meals from watching YouTube or TikTok. 

Now although many of you have that inner Gordan Ramsay in you. If you are someone like me who needs a little bit more help, get on TikTok for the cooking recipes. I personally love looking at food videos on TikTok, as whenever I am craving something I just type it in on TikTok and I’m flooded with thousands of easy recipes for that food item all shown to me in a maximum of 60 seconds. That’s all it takes 60 seconds to become a pro chef… what’s stopping you now? ;) 

Yoga 

Use videos on YouTube to get started and master some yoga positions. It’s totally free and good for your mind and body. 

To help you get started, there’s a 10-minute morning yoga full-body stretch routine that I just recently began using every morning with my sister to get a kick start into our days. I noticed I don’t wake up as sore or stiff anymore after doing yoga in the morning, and it also preps me well for my fitness workouts during the day. 


Hope these simple steps help you find your new dream hobby! :)

By Sabikah Bazli