Tired of watching Netflix and surfing the internet? It’s time to take a step back from your laptop and do something new and productive. Summer is a perfect time to hone new skills and unleash your creativity. Hobbies give you a learning experience and boost your self-confidence. Here is a list of hobby ideas you will love to try out this summer.
1. Learn a new language
Are you fond of learning about different cultures? If yes, then you should go for this hobby. You can start with one of your favorite state or country. This not only increases your knowledge but is also an amazing memory booster, enhancing your brain power. It improves your decision-making skills and stops the onset of dementia in old people. If you are still not able to decide from where to begin, then try out Duolingo. This addictive platform offers 24 different languages spiced with gamification to keep its users engaged.
This is a hobby that most of you love to do. Being a nature-lover, I myself love taking pictures of flowers, birds, animals especially trees. They give me inspiration and idea for my blog. After all, an amazing picture definitely deserves a good blog post. And the best part is, you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take pictures. You just need to have a good digital camera and an eye for attractive frames. Photography stimulates your imagination and is an excellent stress-reliever.
Are you one of those people who like to collect old bottles, tin, papers, clothes, and craft out pretty things out of it? Are you someone who likes to challenge your creativity more often? If so, then this hobby is definitely for you. It will enhance your creative skills and will break your monotony as well. Even if you don’t have any idea, no worries, you can still try it. There are thousands of YouTube videos and Facebook pages that will give you weird and amazing ideas.
4. Explore the areas you live
There must be some areas in or near your city which you have always wanted to visit but never found a proper time to do so. If you are sort of bored sitting at home or walking past the same cafe or shops every day, then it’s time to pack your bags. This weekend, you can try visiting one or two such new places and explore them. This will make you feel happy, peaceful and will give you a feel of mini-adventure.
5. Season your recipe
Summer is the perfect time to upgrade your cooking skills to the next level. If you are a beginner, then YouTube is indeed the best cookbook for you. There are some other sites too. Still confused about where, to begin with? Then try searching for a veggie-stuffed pasta and sandwich. Cooking is a natural stress-buster and helps free your mind of any emotional baggage. It will keep you concentrated and engaged. So the next time you feel stressed out, go to your kitchen and try making a clean healthy recipe.
6. Start a club
This can be a mind-blowing platform to interact with people and learn a lot many things in the process. You can start with a book club, art club or a movie club and can later on progress to a business one if you are willing. Participating in a club is a great way to inspire and motivate each other or share your opinions on various matters of collective interest.
7. Nurture your plants
If you love seedlings and like to see them growing, then you have come across the right hobby. Gardening gives you a sense of accomplishment and makes you feel contented. It improves your hand’s strength and helps you sleep better. Research says that regular gardening can increase life-span by 30% in people over 60’s. This simple hobby relaxes your mind and has therapeutic benefits that help fight depression. It can also be useful to children as they can acquire a practical knowledge of different flowers and vegetables.
8. Observe people
Did you know that just sitting idly and observing people could be a hobby too, and that too an addictive one! Last night when I was traveling by train, I saw a little girl with a palm tree hairstyle, who was moving back and forth and was trying to converse with passengers nearby. This sight took me down to the memory lane of my carefree days. You can also try out this interesting hobby anywhere you like. Just sit in a comfy place like a café or a park, and observe people, their dresses and their body languages. This super cool sport will not only entertain you but also flood you with inspiration and ideas. And if you are a writer, then who knows, the person sitting next to you could be the character of your next novel.
9. Role-play your favorite character
Admit it; we all have done this at least once as a child. Sometimes as a teacher, sometimes as a doctor or sometimes a more colorful and adventurous character we wanted to be in our childhood. The best part about this game is that you are not confined to any rules and you can be anyone you wish, anywhere and at any time. Role-playing stirs up your creativity and gives you a chance to enjoy something different and new. Be it with your friends or by yourself, you can let your imagination take you to any scenario of your choice without any bounds.
10. Write handwritten letters
Have you experienced the magic of sending handwritten letters to someone you love? If not, then why not try one now? This old-fashioned art is not just meant to convey your thoughts, but also restores the warmth and affection that has been lost in the mundane era of digital messaging. You can send these letters to a distant relative with whom you have lost connection or also to old age homes. These little efforts can comfort them and fill their hearts with hope and joy.
11. Knitting without needles
Whenever we think of knitting, the most common picture that comes to our mind is that of your grandma sitting with yarn and a pair of needles. Well, did you know that you can also knit using only your fingers? All you need is a yarn and only yarn. You can learn this simple technique of finger knitting from loads of the video tutorials available online. The next time you are hunting a present for your best friend, why not try gifting an infinity scarf?
12. Work with your non- dominant hand
You can try this mind-stimulating exercise as a part of your daily routine like brushing your teeth, buttering toast or while cleaning dishes. It improves memory functioning and enables people to vent some long-suppressed emotions buried deep within their minds.
13. Learn magic tricks
Magic tricks have always fascinated our imagination since childhood. It’s a wonderful way to amuse people and become the life of the party. Even simple tricks using cards, coins, toothpicks, spoons, and many such items will keep your spectators glued. If you want to take it to the next level, there are a whole lot of mind reading tricks which you can use to hack into your friends’ thoughts.
14. Paper folding
This is the easiest of all hobbies. The appropriate term for paper folding is ‘Origami’ which has originated from Japanese culture. The entire artwork can be crafted from a single piece of paper. You can decorate your walls with origami stars, flowers, birds, and butterflies. And it doesn’t stop here; the world of Origami has a lot more in store if you are willing to learn.
15. Collecting items
Start collecting something, no matter what. Bottle caps, coins, stamps, action figures, rocks and so on. I myself have this bizarre habit of collecting pen caps. Throwing away the used pen and gathering its cap gives a feeling of triumph. People have an entire room or “museum” dedicated to their collections. If you have never been a collector, then you can start being one right now. All the things you need to start a great collection are lying in front of you.
Eat Sleep and Hobby!