With many people having a lot more time on their hands now than they have had in years due to the worldwide pandemic and shutdowns, there’s no better time than now to start picking up some new hobbies. However, starting from scratch with a new hobby can often be a challenge. So to help you overcome this first step and learning curve, here are three tips for starting a new hobby.
Choose Something To Help You Take Your Mind Off Things
The first thing you need to do when you want to start a new hobby is pick something.
At this time, Marlen Komar, a contributor to Bustle.com, suggests that you try to pick a hobby that’s going to allow you to take your mind off of the things going on around you. Not only will this then help you to focus more completely on learning and developing this new hobby, but it will also help you to unwind and relax after dealing with the other stresses of your day. By having a hobby that can do this for you, you may be able to find a lot of balance and positive impacts as a result of taking up this new hobby.
Try New Or Old Hobbies
If you’re still struggling to pick a hobby to try, Deanna DeBara, a contributor to The Muse, suggests that you think back onto your childhood and try to remember hobbies or interests that you had back then that got pushed to the wayside. This could definitely be a good place to start in picking up some of your older interests, and you might even have some of the items you need to get going on this hobby already, like a used piano that you’ve had from piano lessons as a child.
For those who aren’t interested in any of the old hobbies they once had, you can also try looking into classes or groups in your area that allow people to explore their hobbies. While these might be in short supply right now, you can at least start researching what hobbies you might like to try when things become more available in your area.
Create Time For Your Hobby
Once you have a new hobby that you’re ready to start doing, the most important thing for you to do is to make time for you to really get invested in that hobby.
According to Tara Parker-Pope, a contributor to the New York Times, many people don’t start creating more hobbies because they claim that they don’t have time. However, if you think about how much time you spend during the day doing random things that you don’t actually enjoy, like watching TV or cruising social media on your phone, you can likely find a few extra hours in your day to devote to a hobby. Once you do, schedule that time into your calendar and really jump into this new hobby.
If you’re wanting to start a new hobby but you’re unsure of where to begin, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get going.