All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, or so the old saying goes. Not having something outside of career and family life is very common in an age where unprecedented connectivity blurs the lines between work and personal time, with hobbies being a proven way of increasing happiness, lowering stress levels and reducing the chances of suffering from dementia. Finding time for a hobby may be the difficult part, but choosing what is of interest to you can also be challenging with so many options out there. We’ve selected a few well-known hobbies to try out, as well as a couple of paths less-travelled to keep things both new and exciting.
Normally art-related hobbies include things like painting by numbers or the new trend for adult colouring books, but why not dream a little bigger? Try something like graffiti art. You don’t need to break any laws, with clubs across the country offering canvasses on private land or in dedicated graffiti zones. If your eye for painting or drawing isn’t quite there, why not make something from scratch? Knitting has come full circle and is now extremely popular, with home-made scarves, gloves, jumpers and tea-cosies making ideal gifts.
Going for a walk may be more of a necessity than a hobby, but you can mix walking with technology to get your exercise whilst getting your technology fix at the same time. Geocaching has hit the mainstream in recent years, with games like Wallabee and Pokémon Go requiring users to visit new locations to collect items and virtual monsters. If that doesn’t sound like your idea of a hobby, then why not make a list of landmarks to see and tick them off as you go?
Console gaming is so complex and engaging that many spend their spare time building the perfect sports team, exploring a different world or unlocking achievements and getting the perfect score. Why not try something different than the normal console? You could try something completely outside of the box such as Pai Gow Poker, the game is ultra-fun to play. Based on an ancient Chinese domino game, Pai Gow keeps things interesting by giving players two hands they can bet on simultaneously.
Whether it’s classic cars, stamps or even airline sick bags, collecting can be a rewarding and challenging hobby that takes patience and hard work to hunt down hard to find items. Things like retro clothes, sunglasses and shoes are really popular at the moment, but hopefully football stickers, Pogs and troll pencil toppers will come back into fashion soon so we can have a head start.