When someone asks you what you do for fun, do you have any interesting hobbies to talk about?
If not, it’s well worth your time to pick up a cool hobby and commit regular time to it. You may think you’re too busy for a leisure activity or that it’s indulgent to spend your time in a way that isn’t considered productive.
However, having a hobby isn’t just for fun and enjoyment. There are many benefits to trying unique hobbies that can improve your life and career.
Good hobbies can help you:
- Relieve stress.
- Build your self-confidence.
- Become a more interesting person.
- Find a new passion.
- Hone your skills.
- Create new social connections.
- Bring in additional income.
If you are ready to try some new hobbies, you have come to the right place. Check out the Halton Pardee list of Top 15 New Hobby Ideas to try this year!
1. Upcycle your things
Crafting is both fun hobby and therapeutic, and upcycling means you can take the things that you own but have no use for anymore and then turn them into new treasures.
Once you upcycle one thing, you will probably want to do it with everything you have ever used.
To get started, find the things in your house that are just sitting around gathering dust. Rather than throwing them away, think about some potential projects you could create.
For example, you can spray paint an old glass jar to make it into a modern vase or make a magazine rack with old plastic bottles.
Volunteering your time may be more valuable to some organizations than a monetary donation.
Find a good organization that interests you or that you are passionate about and set up a time where you can help them with their mission on a regular basis.
Some places that people enjoy volunteering include animal shelters, soup kitchens, and children’s hospitals. You can even volunteer as part of your vacation plans or adventure travel.
3. Try rock climbing
Rock climbing is an active hobby and an exhilarating sport that can be done both inside and outside.
There are lots of classes that can teach you the basics such as how to use your equipment, how to belay, and how to do lead climbing. Rock climbing is a wonderful activity to help increase your strength and tone muscle.
Go on rock climbing adventures in the great outdoors, or you can even set up your own climbing wall in your backyard or inside your home.
The most basic pieces of equipment you will need to start rock climbing include rock climbing shoes, a helmet, a harness, a belay device, and a carabiner.
4. Enjoy adventure traveling
Rather than taking your typical trip to Grandma’s or to the beach, make your travel more exciting by planning adventure vacations.
You can go hiking, camping, river rafting, sailing, or enjoy any number of unique trips that are unique and fun. Part of this hobby for adults includes the joy of planning an adventure trip and choosing your destinations.
5. Go to concerts
Do you love music and follow the concert schedules of your favorite bands? Why not make your passion for music a hobby by attending as many events as possible.
It’s great to hear the music you love on Spotify, but listening to live music makes you part of a celebration that brings the music to life.
Lots of venues offer free or low-cost tickets, so it doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby. Collect your ticket stubs to help you remember each event.
6. Try international cooking
Do you enjoy going out to your favorite Indian or Thai restaurant? Have you always wanted to learn the art of French cuisine?
Develop a hobby for cooking food from countries around the world and expand your culinary horizons.
7. Practice journaling
Keeping a journal helps you use your creativity and improve your writing skills.
Writing in a journal on a regular basis has been proven to help you process your thoughts and release your stress on paper to get it out of your mind.
There are so many types of journals, such as productivity journals, gratitude journals, relationship journals, and just about any topic you can imagine.
8. Get back to writing letters
Getting a handwritten letter always makes people feel special since it takes time and is so unusual in our technology-driven culture.
Aside from writing letters to family and friends, consider writing to strangers who may appreciate it, like military personnel or seniors living in nursing homes.
Buy some stationery or postcards and stamps and think of some people who may enjoy getting a personal note from you.
9. Start a book club
Getting a group of friends together on a regular basis for something other than lunch can be both fun and interesting.
To get started, find some friends that share some of your interests and get a sense of what people might want to read. Once you’ve decided on a genre, pick your first book and decide on a meeting schedule.
10. Get creative with adult coloring books
If you want to create some art but need to stay within the lines, coloring in an adult coloring book is a great place to start.
The outlines are already created for you so you just have to focus on choosing your colors and relaxing your mind.
11. Do some gardening
Gardening will get you outside, give you a beautiful landscape to enjoy, and even help reduce your grocery bill if you start growing fruits and vegetables.
You can start by getting a set of gardening tools, figuring out what grows well in your area, and building an enclosed garden.
12. Start a collection
Do you own something that is really cool like an old stamp or coin?
How about a piece of art from an old comic book? Start a collection of some sort and make it a challenge to fill your collection with the most unique things you can find.
Go to thrift stores or look online to see what kinds of things you can score to add to your collection and display them proudly.
13. Learn a new language
Learning a new language will help you learn about another culture, and it will expand your horizons.
Being bilingual is a unique skill that is highly sought-after in the workplace, and it can benefit you if you choose to travel.
Learning a new language may be time-consuming, but it is worth it in the end. Plus, you will be able to communicate with different types of people that you would otherwise have no interaction with due to the language barrier.
14. Learn astrology
According to the site How Stuff Works, “Astrology is the study of the influence that distant cosmic objects, usually stars and planets, have on human lives.”
The position at the time of your birth of the sun, stars, moon, and planets impacts your personality, relationships, career, and all aspects of your life.
With a little study, you can learn your own astrological chart and help others better understand themselves.
15. Host board game nights
Find some of the most popular board games and invite a group of friends over to play.
Not only is this a fun and unique way to get together with friends, but it is also much less expensive than a night out on the town!
It’s tough to overstate the benefits of trying new hobbies. When you try something new instead of repeating the same activities over and over, your brain creates new neural pathways.
By increasing the number of neural pathways in your brain, you will also expand your creativity and reduce the likelihood of developing dementia later on in life.
Try a few things on this list that you think fit well with your interests and see how much you can learn in a year.