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Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership self-care calendar: day 12

Day 12: ‘How to find a new hobby’ from FutureLearn

We’ve got 40 top ideas to give you some inspiration when trying to find a new hobby.

If you feel like you’re in a bit of a rut and you definitely don’t want to spend time watching yet another series, perhaps it’s time to find a new hobby? It can be difficult to find new things that you could be passionate about, but don’t worry!  We’ve got you covered. This list of 40 new hobby ideas is here to get you motivated and inspired to try something different. From relaxing, to energising, to expressive, there’s sure to be something for just about everyone.

Find a new hobby – what do you like?

First things first – it’s maybe not the best idea to throw a dart at a random list of hobbies to choose one. Unless, of course, darts is your new hobby. Instead, try thinking about the kinds of things you like to do.

Are you the creative type or do you prefer being active? Do you want escapism or tangible gains? Narrowing down your wants may make it easier to choose an activity that’s suited to you.

Is there something you used to enjoy as a child? Maybe you had a particular aptitude for something when you were younger but didn’t have the time to keep it up. Maybe it’s worth dipping back in and seeing if you still enjoy it as an adult? 

Another point worth considering is whether or not you want your new hobby to be similar to your existing ones. It can be nice to find something that complements your existing skills, but it’s often refreshing to have a change of pace.

What’s your goal for your new hobby?

Although your hobby is probably a way to keep you engaged and happy, it’s likely that you have other goals in mind. Jigsaw-puzzling, for example, is a less physically intense pastime than weightlifting.

Here’s some inspiration to get you started:

Find a new hobby for relaxation

With all the stress of the world at the moment, finding a relaxing hobby seems like a sensible idea. They can give you some calm amidst the storm, and even help with your mental wellbeing.

Read the full list on the FutureLearn website: https://www.futurelearn.com/info/blog/find-a-new-hobby-lockdown

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