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The Importance Of Hobbies & 20 Trending Hobbies You Can Start Today!

This may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s 100% true: I can count the amount of times in my life that I have been truly bored. Like lying on my bed staring at the ceiling with nothing to do bored. Even on days off or in spurts of free time, I am always busy with something and if it’s not work-related, then it’s most likely one of my many hobbies.

Ever since I was a kid, I have had a bunch of hobbies I enjoyed diving into: reading, journaling, playing piano, crafting, nail art, and now blogging. As I have grown older, I have discovered the importance of keeping these hobbies in my life. I have also discovered that it’s rare for someone my age to have so many activities I enjoy that don’t involve electronics!

The Importance Of Hobbies & 20 Trending Hobbies You Can Start Today!

The unfortunate reality is that a lot of adults don’t have any hobbies at all! For some reason, the activities they took part in as kids didn’t translate to anything when they became adults.

I have found that many people spend their free time at the gym (which is great but let’s be honest, it’s more of a chore than a hobby for most people), going out with friends (which is also great!), or at home binging something on Netflix. Very little time is spent by themselves engaged in an activity they thoroughly enjoy.

Hobbies aren’t just the things we force little kids to do to keep them out of trouble. Their value actually increases as we get older and become apart of our identity. Here are 4 reasons why the importance of hobbies is so great as adults.

 

THEY MAKE IT EASIER TO UNPLUG

Most hobbies don’t require a computer or phone, which presents you with a great opportunity to unplug. I didn’t think I spent that much time on my electronics but a few months ago, I thought of a couple things:

  1. I imagined what fun things I could do if I replaced the little time I spent on my electronics with a hobby.
  2. Right after scrolling through Instagram one day, I quizzed myself on how many posts I could recall seeing. It wasn’t many and that proved how mindless it really is. I could be helping my brain in that time instead of turning it into mush!

Just think about the better things you could be doing with the time you spend on social media or watching TV. You could be learning new things or improving on a skill that will help you mentally or physically. And if you’re too tired to learn, there are plenty of hobbies that don’t require much thought and relax the mind, like yoga or knitting.

 

YOU’RE IN CHARGE

Between college, careers, money, and people that rely on us, sometimes it can feel as if we have no control in our lives. Hobbies can help you maintain a sense of control, freedom, and independence. You decide what hobbies you take part in, how you do them, and when you do them.

Also, it’s great to do team or couple hobbies, like chess or participating in marathons, but remember the value of keeping a solo hobby too, where you can maintain full control.

 

THEY PROVIDE FULFILLMENT

For me, there’s nothing like reaching a new milestone with Glamorously You or learning a song on the piano. There’s a feeling of fulfillment that comes with new accomplishments, which is wonderful for your overall mental health. It boosts your mood, lifts your self-esteem, and maintains a feeling of optimism. This is especially great when you’re going through a rough time. Your hobbies will be the constants that bring you joy!

 

THEY KEEP THE BRAIN SHARP

Aside from being good for your mental and/or physical health, hobbies are fantastic for keeping your motor skills and brain function in tip-top shape! You may not realize it, but these activities are exercising your brain, which is just as important as exercising the rest of your body.

What’s even better are the hobbies that you can take part in for the rest of your life! You may not be able to play basketball when you’re 80, but you will definitely still be able to play an instrument or read.

 

TRENDING HOBBIES

Now that you’re aware of the importance of hobbies, let’s get into some trending hobbies you might be interested in taking up! These are activities that I am seeing more and more people getting into and some of them are quite interesting. Take a look and see if any of them speak to you.

  • Collecting crystals
  • Art/bullet journaling
  • Meditation & yoga
  • Furniture refinishing
  • Growing your own fruit/vegetable garden
  • Beer brewing/tasting
  • Traveling (local trips count too!)
  • Jewelry making
  • Raising chickens
  • Knitting/crocheting
  • Astronomy
  • Crossfit
  • Wine & paint nights
  • Photography
  • Beekeeping
  • Woodworking
  • Calligraphy
  • Candlemaking
  • Performing arts (poetry reading, stand-up comedy, community theatre, etc.)
  • Homemade beauty products (soaps, scrubs, makeup, etc.)
  • … and of course, blogging!

 

I have always been a huge advocate for the importance of hobbies mainly because I have seen the results for myself. Many of my most memorable life moments have been made because of a hobby I’ve had, like milestones this platform has met or performing in New York City.

There is an activity out there for everyone, no matter where your interests or skills lie. You have to start somewhere! Make an effort to take some time out of every week for yourself and your hobbies. I promise you will feel empowered, excited, and confident!


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What are your current hobbies? Are there any new ones you’re interested in taking up? Let me know in the comments!

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24 Comments

  • Reply Yolanda

    So many good ideas here 🙂 I used to go belly dancing once a week which was SO amazing. It kept me in serious shape and it was so much fun. This is a good reminder to get back into dance or try some new hobbies. I would love to start calligraphy and I’m planting my first proper veggie garden this year!

    May 23, 2018 at 10:06 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      I’m jealous! Once I get my own place, I am totally starting a veggie garden!

      May 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Jeanne

    My hobbies keep me sane in my insane world. I read, travel, garden and crochet.

    May 23, 2018 at 10:36 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      There you go! I feel you on that one lol I don’t know what I would do without mine 🙂

      May 23, 2018 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Courtney

    Before I got married and had a child, I loved refinishing or building furniture! Your post reminded me that I need to take some time out of my busy schedule to do the things I love. This week I am going to figure out what I will refinish next and start working on it, even if it takes me longer than it used to take to finish before I had a family.

    May 23, 2018 at 11:32 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      That’s the great part about hobbies – there’s no deadlines! Whenever you have time, they’re there waiting for you 🙂

      May 23, 2018 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Corey

    Great list of ideas and so true about unplugging.

    May 23, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Thanks!

      May 23, 2018 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Kristi McAllister

    It’s been a really long time since I’ve thought about having hobbies! The blog started out as my hobby, but now it’s really more of a full-time job! I’ve been considering starting a bullet journal, but haven’t delved into yet. Thanks for the great list!

    May 23, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      My pleasure! There’s so many out there to choose from 🙂

      May 23, 2018 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply ShootingStarsMag

    Wonderful post! Having hobbies really are great. I’ve always loved to read and that’s a hobby that I can literally take anywhere! I’ve also gotten into dance the last few years and this year, I’m in a tap and hip hop class for adults and I just love it. Plus, it’s a physical activity that I actually enjoy – as working out is not something that’s fun for me. LOL

    -Lauren

    May 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      There you go! There needs to be more adult versions of things – like gymnastics lol

      May 23, 2018 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Denise Riehle

    Collecting Crystals, I’ve already been doing that but never really considered it (another) hobby of mine. I’m excited, I think I need to work on that today!

    May 23, 2018 at 3:11 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      It’s absolutely a hobby! I’m not too well-versed in that but I know there’s a lot you can learn from the different kinds of crystals 🙂

      May 24, 2018 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Kairavi

    I so love this. Hobbies increase my work efficiency and keep me on the go. Thanks.

    May 23, 2018 at 4:32 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Same here! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      May 24, 2018 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Merry Ohler

    What a great post – it is easy to forget the benefits of hobbies! Thanks for sharing this!

    May 24, 2018 at 5:10 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      My pleasure! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      May 24, 2018 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Emma Burns-Di Lauro

    Love this! Also, I think the most important part is the unplugging, it’s such a simple thing to do but so important every now again to just zone out entirely from our various devices.

    May 25, 2018 at 10:33 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      It really is. Gotta stay in tune with the actual world!

      May 25, 2018 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Chuck G

    Very good post and great into. Sadly, I have too many hobbies. Jack of all trades and master of none! 🙂

    May 25, 2018 at 12:02 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      haha I am right there with you! Sometimes I wish I was a master of just one thing but then I think about how fun it is to be able to do a whole bunch of things 🙂

      May 25, 2018 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Lindsay

    Thank you for this post! Lately I’ve been finding myself spending too much time scrolling through social media that I haven’t taken time to do things I actually love. Hobbies make us who we are and what adds excitement to life! You’ve inspired me to get back to them! 🙂

    May 25, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      I’m glad I could help! 🙂

      May 25, 2018 at 1:33 pm

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