I recently made the decision to spend less time watching TV shows and movies and more time picking up other hobbies instead. It didn’t really matter what, as long as it was something that would get me away from a screen. I already spend so much time looking at my computer and phone screens for work-related things, so I figured it made more sense to spend my free time away from my screen.
So if you’re looking for some new off-screen hobbies, I have a few suggestions that you might enjoy.
Knitting or crocheting. The two are pretty different from each other, yes, but the general result is the same. This is a great hobby if you like giving gifts that you made yourself. You could also try to sell what you make if you’d like. Either way, it can be really relaxing to do this while you’re sitting with friends talking, listening to a podcast, or winding down for the night.
Coloring books. I’ve talked about this before. Coloring is one of the best pastimes because it’s creative and relaxing and doesn’t really need to be perfect. There are so many kinds of coloring books out there now, so you’ll definitely find one that matches your personality. (Seriously. I’ve even seen a coloring book that was all about swear words.)
Baking. This is something I often do when I’m feeling anxious or stressed. (Which will occasionally mean that I burn or otherwise ruin what I’m attempting to bake.) It’s one of my favorite things because it can be a lot of fun if you put on the right music and don’t make something terribly complicated. And then, after all that, you end up with something absolutely delicious.
Writing letters. Again, this is something that I’ve probably talked about more than once. I really do love writing letters. If you know me or have been reading this blog for a while now, you probably already knew that.
Writing letters to people can be a lot of fun because it’s a great way to keep in touch and make someone’s day. People don’t receive very much “fun” mail anymore. It’s mostly bills or junk. Sending a letter instead of a text or email or whatever says, “I really was thinking about you.”
Yoga or Pilates. Both of these are relaxing exercises that are good for releasing tension and improving strength and flexibility. If you don’t want to sign up for a class at your local gym, you can find some good videos online. There also might be a place in your area that occasionally offers free or discounted classes. It doesn’t hurt to look into.
So what are some of your hobbies? How do you like spending your free time? Let me know in the comments!