The older I get, the less time I feel I have to dedicate to real hobbies AKA things that don’t involve me wasting hours tapping my way through social media or vegging in front of Netflix. I fondly remember when pouring time into productive and exciting projects was fun and not a seen as a chore, and I want to try to reintroduce that back into my life!
Lately I’ve started to do things that I really enjoy, and I’m surprised by how much I’m loving mixing it up. Here are just a few hobbies that I’ve indulged in so far…
I’m a huge fan of yoga. When I held a gym membership I attended weekly classes, however at the moment I follow the fabulous guidance of Adriene Mishler from Yoga With Adriene and I cannot get enough. Not only does it make me focus on myself and how I feel, it grounds and connects me and I always feel at ease after a good stretch. I invested in a bright pink mat and some very stretchy leggings, and genuinely look forward to finding what feels good when I can. I want to try Bikram at some point in the near future, so any friends around Manchester please let me know if you fancy it!
At the moment (and for the foreseeable future) blogging is nothing more than a hobby, but one that I enjoy massively. It is the one hobby that takes up a significant chunk of my life, but I’m also finding that it is the most rewarding. I also do something towards this one every day – if I’m not drafting posts or taking photos, I’m doing admin and connecting to other bloggers on social media and it’s fantastic. I have felt a bit mentally exhausted in the past week and it has felt like a slog at points, but I have remained consistent and dedicated and I’m so proud of myself for sticking with it.
I have fully launched myself back into the world of gaming with The Witcher 3! I’ve had it for a few months and I’m roughly 10% through…it is one of the largest fantasy game worlds that I’ve explored yet. Rather than being a button masher, it requires skill, levelling up and conscious choices and I think this is why I like it so much. Last weekend I also dug out and dusted off my Nintendo DS XL, and I’ve been adventuring and puzzle solving during the evenings so that I’m not just spending my whole night staring at mind numbing television.
Programming & Pi
Technology and computers are both real passions of mine, and after abandoning my Raspberry Pi last year I’ve spent some time researching what to build with it. In just a week I’ve attempted a Scratch game and created a portable media server & hub, however I want to do something a bit more challenging – any excuse to solder things! I’m thinking something along the lines of home automation or a retro gaming emulator…watch this space! I’d also like to get back in programming and if possible, look at participating in a self paced course so that I can really educate myself. I love learning and expanding my knowledge, so no doubt I’ll be enrolling for some kind of course in the near future.
It’s not much, but it’s definitely enough to keep me occupied and I’m having so much fun doing what I genuinely enjoy. If anything, making time for hobbies has reinforced that occupying and entertaining myself with things that I enjoy should take priority sometimes, and I can already feel a benefit in both my mental (and physical) health.
Do you have any hobbies, or something that you do that you think others should too? Let me know – I’m always up for a new challenge!