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Are you an adult and do not have a hobby yet? You should have one. A hobby does wonder by helping you relieve stress, refresh you, and probably nurture the creativity in you as well depending upon the type of your hobby. But if you’re an adult then finding a new hobby may not be an easy task. No worries, here are some easy ways to find a new hobby as an adult to help you utilize your free time in a better way. ~ Ed.
Finding new hobbies when you’re a child isn’t too tricky, but it can be stressful as an adult. You have free time and don’t want to waste it, but you don’t know what to do during it.
There’s also the issue of finding a hobby that doesn’t feel too old or too young. For instance, you might feel like knitting is for old ladies or gaming is for children (neither of which is true). You might also not know where to start when you want to find a new hobby.
Where do you start looking for a new hobby? Does it need to be stressful going through activity after activity for weeks until you find something you can tolerate?
Not at all. There are plenty of easy and painless ways to find out your perfect hobby. Here are five ways to find a new hobby as an adult.
5 Ways to Find a New Hobby
You can do some research and try out some options. However, first, you should ask yourself questions because nobody knows you better than you! Check out all the ways to find a new hobby.
Step 1: Go Back to Your Roots
If you’re drawing a complete blank for where to begin, think about what you were passionate about when you were a child.
Children have no issues going from hobby to hobby because they have the freedom to do almost anything. Plus, when you’re a child, you don’t do something unless you love it.
It’s likely that as an adult, you have the same interests you did as a child.
Ask yourself what you loved to do when you were a child. Even if it’s something “childish” like climbing trees or running around your backyard, it can help you discover what you could be passionate about as an adult.
If you loved climbing trees, you could try rock climbing. If you loved running around your childhood home’s backyard, you could try jogging or hiking. If you loved to dance, you could join an adult dance class or go dancing every Saturday night.
Regardless of what the hobby was, thinking about what you loved to do as a child can rediscover your passion.
Step 2: Ask Yourself Questions
So, you can’t remember what you loved to do as a child, or you have no idea how to connect that childhood passion to an “adult” hobby. No problem–your next step is to ask yourself a series of questions about what you enjoy and how you enjoy it.
Ask yourself these questions when trying to find a new hobby:
- What hobbies do my family and friends enjoy? You might like a hobby if you know you can do it with friends or family.
- What’s my budget? Be realistic about what you can afford. Hobbies can get expensive.
- What do I value? Narrow down your interests by recognizing what you value (for instance: the arts, helping others, animals).
- Do I prefer to be alone or with a group? Hobbies like crafts or hiking are possible to do either alone or with a group.
- What are my skills and talents? Lots of people don’t enjoy doing activities if they’re not good at them. Think about what you’re good at and see if it’s something you’d enjoy making into a hobby.
Asking yourself these questions will help you understand what you expect out of a hobby. Then, you’ll be able to find one that suits you.
Step 3: Throw Yourself into the Options
Once you’ve generally decided what area your hobby should be in (sports, arts, etc.), your next step can be throwing yourself into something (semi) random.
This spontaneous activity can be as noncommittal as adding yourself to a local group hike social media page or as committed as signing up for a local pottery class.
Throw yourself into an option before you’ve discovered what you like. It will either help you eliminate options or find something you love.
Remember that you need to commit to trying a new hobby at least three or four times. Not all hobbies are fun immediately; there might be a learning curve, or you might need time to get used to it.
Give yourself time to adjust to this new hobby. If you find yourself not looking forward to it or even dreading it, at least you gave it a solid try.
Step 4: Do Research
If you’ve found an interest and want to try it, but you’re not 100% sure what it’s all about, do research.
Your hobby should be enjoyable and fun, but you should also have some idea of what you’re doing.
Let’s say you want to pick up drumming and you’ve got enough money for a new drum set. You wouldn’t want to pick any old drum set, would you?
Instead, you want the best one in a price range that you can afford. You’d also want the best drum sticks, the best double bass pedal, and the best other equipment for your new hobby. The same goes for any other hobby–you need to know about it to do it successfully.
Do extensive research once you’ve found a hobby you like. Who knows, you might learn that there’s much more to it than you initially thought, which makes you like it more!
If the opposite happens and you’re not sure you’d like to continue with this hobby, return to Step 3 and throw yourself into something else.
Step 5: Share Your Hobby with Family and Friends
You’ve finally reached step 5, which is where you have a hobby you enjoy! Now it’s time to share that enjoyment and passion with others.
Share your new hobby with the people you love. When you’re genuinely excited about something, they’ll likely get excited with you too.
Plus, if your new hobby is one in which you produce things such as arts and crafts or music, you can share the products of your hobby with others.
Finding something that you love and want to pursue as a hobby can seem like a monumental task, but it’s worth it. The right hobby can make you feel creative, independent, and fulfilled. All you need to do is follow these five steps, and you’ll find the perfect hobby for you.
Over to you
Do you have a hobby? How did you come to discover it? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.