Starting a new year can be both daunting and exciting, but after the challenges of 2020, we should welcome a fresh start.
Many people like to start the new year by making positive changes. This could involve leaving behind a bad habit – smoking, biting your nails or ordering too many takeaways. Or it could be by forming a new habit like starting a gym routine, waking up earlier or decluttering your house.
A great way to make a positive change is starting a new hobby. There are countless things you could try, and you never know, you might even find something you are really passionate about.
So why not make a promise to yourself to commit to a new hobby this year? And if you need a little inspiration, here are some ideas to get you started.
Take up yoga
Yoga is a fantastic way to de-stress both your body and mind, and can be a great tool for relieving anxiety.
Another benefit of yoga is that it's cheap to get started – all you need is a yoga mat, or you can even use a towel to begin with.
If you are new to yoga, YouTube has loads of great tutorial videos you can follow along with in the comfort of your living room. Start small by committing yourself to one session per week, and we're sure you'll begin to feel the benefits.
Create handmade gifts
If you have a creative hand and you're looking for a hobby that could potentially turn into a business, why not try making handmade gifts?
Knitted blankets, handmade jewellery, embroidery, customised clothing, poster design, birthday cards, painted pottery, making baked goods – try a few ideas out and see what you enjoy.
Start a YouTube channel
YouTube is used by people of all ages, meaning even the most niche content will have an audience.
Video ideas include:
It's free to set up your own YouTube channel, and uploading videos is easy. So think about what you could share with the world, and try your hand at making and editing your very own videos. Who knows – it could even turn into something big if you stick at it!
Get snap happy
Photography is a much more accessible hobby than it used to be – you don't even need any fancy camera equipment to begin with, your phone will do just fine.
Try playing around with different subjects – portraits of your friends, family and pets, or landscape photos. Experiment with different lighting, angles and perspectives, and see what happens.
This is a fun hobby that gets you out of the house, and you can even have a go at editing and enhancing your photos using free or paid software.
Get snap happy
Why not start a collection – stamps, vinyl, comic books, antiques, paintings, sports memorabilia, vintage clothes or coins. It can be fun hunting for items at charity shops, car boots and auctions.
Learn an instrument
Have you always wished you could play the piano? Or maybe you have an old guitar that barely gets used? Why not make learning how to play your new hobby?
There are plenty of tutorials online, or you could book in for some online lessons with a music teacher. If you make a habit of practising daily, you might surprise yourself with how well you can play by the end of the year!
Meditation has many health benefits – it can reduce levels of stress, lower your blood pressure, increase your patience and concentration, and help you manage anxiety. And if you're a busy person, you only need to spend ten minutes a day on this hobby.
There are some fantastic apps out there that will lead you through your daily meditation, so why not give it a try and see whether it works for you.
Discover the world of gaming
Video games can be a fun hobby for people of all ages. There are so many games out there, you're sure to find something you enjoy playing.
This can be a great way to switch off from the real world for a while and lose yourself in a fantasy. Plus, you can play online with friends, so it can be a social hobby too – you might even meet some new people.
Get creative with drawing, painting or sculpting. Art can be extremely fun and therapeutic. Plus, if you're good, you could end up making a living from it.
You can take online lessons, join a local art class or just get creative on your own. And it doesn't have to be expensive – you can start out with basic paints or pencils while you develop your skill.
Write a book
They say everyone has a book in them – why not make 2021 the year you share yours with the world?
Whether you fancy yourself as the next JK Rowling or you have real experiences you want to share, writing a book is a great challenge to set yourself.
It doesn't matter if the first draft is rubbish – you can take as long as you need to edit and perfect it. Nobody will see it until you choose to share it.
Need a space for your new hobby – or an existing one?
If you have a hobby you are passionate about, why not invest in your very own studio? Our garden rooms make a fantastic place to enjoy your hobby – whether you need a space to work out or meditate, a studio for photography and recording, or somewhere to store your collectable items.
And the best part? We design your garden room exactly how you want it. Check out our Instagram for inspiration.
Smart Modular are UK leading designers, manufacturers and installers of garden studios. If you'd like to book a no-obligation design consultation, contact our friendly team.
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