The humble hobby is experiencing a resurgence, and we're here for it.
Have you noticed more of your friends, colleagues and family members picking up hobbies lately? You're not alone! More and more adults are turning to hobbies as a way to de-stress, improve their mental health, and add some creativity to their lives.
Let's face it, life can be pretty hectic. We're constantly connected to our phones and laptops, and it can be hard to disconnect from the demands of work and social media. Hobbies are the perfect solution for taking a break from the hustle and bustle. They give us a chance to focus on something we're passionate about, whether it's photography, cooking, or knitting. It's a chance to tap into our creativity and explore new interests.
Hobbies are the perfect way to escape the daily grind and focus on something we're passionate about. Having a hobby can boost self-esteem and make us feel more fulfilled.
According to a 2018 report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the most popular hobbies among Australians were listening to music (62%), followed by gardening (54%), and reading (52%). The same report found that men were more likely to favour outdoor activities like fishing, while women were more likely to have indoor or home-based hobbies like knitting, cooking and gardening.
A key benefit of having is hobby is its positive impact on our mental well-being. Studies have shown that hobbies can reduce stress, anxiety, and even depression. They can also boost self-esteem and make us feel more fulfilled. For example, practicing yoga can help us feel more centered and calm, while gardening can help us feel more connected to nature. For us, knitting and crochet give us a big hit of endorphins as we see our work come to life right in front of our eyes.
Perhaps the best thing about hobbies is the sense of community they bring. We may be living in a digital age, but there's nothing quite like the feeling of meeting up with a group of people who share the same interests as you. Knitting groups, for example, are a great way to make new friends and be part of something bigger than ourselves.
So, whether you're looking to pick up a new hobby or dust off an old one, know that you're not alone. More and more adults are discovering the benefits of hobbies and are reaping the rewards. So, go ahead and try that pottery class you've been eyeing, join that gardening club, or try and knitting or crochet kit. You'll be glad you did!
How to pick a hobby that's right for you
If you're thinking about picking up a new hobby, consider these tips for finding the right one (or two, or three) for you.
Consider your interests: The first step in choosing a new hobby is to think about what you're interested in. Are you drawn to the outdoors, or do you prefer indoor activities? Are you interested in art, music, or sports? By focusing on your interests, you're more likely to find a hobby that you'll enjoy and stick with.
Try something new: While it's important to consider your interests, it can also be fun to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Trying a new hobby can open you up to new experiences and perspectives, and you may discover a new passion you never knew you had.
Look for a hobby that fits your lifestyle: When choosing a new hobby, think about how much time and money you're willing to invest. Are you looking for a hobby that requires a lot of time and commitment, or something more low-key? Consider also if the hobby requires specific equipment or facilities.
Join a community: Many hobbies are more enjoyable when shared with others. Joining a community of like-minded people can provide support, inspiration, and a sense of camaraderie. Look for local clubs, groups, or classes that align with your interests.
Start small: Finally, don't try to take on too much too soon. Starting small allows you to test the waters and see if a hobby is right for you before committing a lot of time and money. You can always increase the level of involvement as you become more comfortable and proficient.
By following these tips, you can find a hobby that fits your interests, lifestyle, and personality, and that can bring joy, fulfilment, and a sense of accomplishment to your life.