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Hobbies to do at home

Many hobbies offer health benefits and there are numerous activities you can be doing from the comfort of your own home at little or no additional cost.

Be it that you’re home alone and feeling a little bored, or you need some activities to keep the kids entertained, read on to find out our top ten hobbies to do at home.

1. Writing

Whether it’s getting lost in a world of fiction, or you pick up journaling to document your day with your thoughts, dreams or plans for the future, writing can be a therapeutic exercise.

Struggling for ideas? Use a free writing prompt online that will be sure to get your creative juices flowing.

2. Reading

If you’re looking at a good few hours of downtime, or you only get half an hour once the kids are in bed, reading can be the perfect wind down if you find your head cluttered and in need of some R&R.

Explore different genres and find the topics that interest you. Guaranteed the book is almost nearly always better than the film.

3. Photography

Whether you have a DSLR or you’re using the camera on your phone, photography is a hobby that grows with you. Learning about the placement of objects, how light affects images, and exposure can be a steep but fun learning curve. You can find tips & tricks all over the internet to get you started on the right path.

4. Drawing

Another relaxing exercise where you will see your craft improve with time. Drawing not your bag? Consider colour-in workbooks, which will alleviate signs of stress and give your well-being the boost it needs.

5. Astronomy

At a loss come night-time? Get started with astronomy in your back garden by learning the constellations with an unaided eye. Even in a light-polluted area there is a wealth of patterns and stars to see – even planets too!1

6. Bird watching

Set up a bird feed station in your back garden and watch the birds come flocking. Birdfeed doesn’t need to be expensive and can be made up of small seeds like millet and larger seeds like sunflower that will see a range of birds arrive at your post.2 Keep a journal of each one you see and key markers on their feathers or beak, so you can identify them.

7. Learning a language

Learning a language might seem tricky without a teacher. However, there is so much available online that you can start learning from the comfort of your home from day one.

Start with essential phrases and basics and listen to podcasts to hear the language as it’s really spoken. Don’t worry about it being too study-heavy; research from Babbel shows that studying for 15 minutes per day is the best approach for becoming conversational.3

8. Cooking

There’s something about mastering a recipe or serving up a home-cooked meal that ignites a sense of pride and accomplishment. Especially when it goes down a treat with everyone else.

If you’re new to cooking, start with simple, easy recipes and don’t over complicate your dishes to begin with. If you’re a pro, now is the time to really hunker down and perfect that one recipe that will be your signature dish.

Even better, get the kids involved and teach them more about the food they are eating.

9. Exercise

Exercise comes in many forms and you don’t need a gym membership to achieve getting the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week.4 You can work out in the comfort of your own home with a wide range of free fitness classes online. You could also simply take a walk close to home or get out into the back garden with the kids.

10. Meditation

Meditation can significantly improve your mental well-being and overall happiness, even if you’re only practicing once, or twice, a week. When practiced regularly for around 15-20 minutes each day you can train your mind to reach different levels of consciousness and effectively relax your body.5

Last updated: 7 April 2020

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