At the end of a long work day, it’s easy to throw on Netflix and zone out until its time to go to bed. And some nights that’s exactly what we need.
But what about the moments you’re looking to feel more engaged and connected to yourself and your community?
Since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a resurgence in hobbies and 3 years later, they’re continuing to help people find joy and connection in their lives.
Here are hobbies and activities to try in the new year if you’re looking to find some balance in your day-to-day life, take a break from screens, connect with your community, and pick up some new skills along the way.
Knitting and Crochet: Textile crafts have made a comeback. Whether you’re scrolling on #crochettok or looking for something to keep your hands busy while watching your favourite show, knitting and crochet are hobbies that have stood the test of time. Plus, textile goods make fabulous gifts for friends and family! And with tons of online tutorials, you won’t be left to learn on your own. Check out this guide for knitting and this video series for crocheting.
Embroidery: Not just for the Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey. Embroidery is a great craft to keep your hands busy all while feeling fancy and sophisticated. Embroidery teaches you how to make a variety of knots and patterns with thread to create beautiful art pieces or embellish things you already have like clothes and linens. There are a ton of free resources online, like this YouTube video, to help you get started!
Painting: To quote the iconic Bob Ross, “I think there’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us.” Get your easel ready and channel your inner artist! Painting is a great activity to cultivate mindfulness, stretch your creative muscles, and disconnect from screens. And while you’re painting be sure to remember, “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” Get inspired and find tutorials on the Bob Ross YouTube Channel!
Get Physical (and then nourish!)
Exercise: Finding joyful movement is a great way to reconnect with yourself outside of work. Whether you want to try a variety of new classes, or you’ve always wanted to master a certain fitness skill (like yoga or pilates) there are so many options to help you get moving in a way that feels good for you. Not sure where to start? Go back to basics with a gentle walk outdoors after work and feel the benefits.
Baking: A win-win hobby—baking is a great practice in mindfulness and you get to eat or share something delicious when you’re done! With thousands of free recipes online, it’s easy to get started. From breads and rolls to cakes and cookies, try something new every week and watch your skills grow. Looking to go even further? Explore the science behind baking.
Virtual Cooking Class: With a wide variety of class choices, you and your friends are bound to have a great time learning new and unique recipes such as bubble tea, matcha, spring rolls and more! They also offer holiday-themed events, arts and crafts, and learning and development sessions. Offsite Price: $25
Host a virtual movie night: Get together with some friends and have an online movie night! Movies Anywhere offers all new releases and has all the classics. Pick a movie, share your room code, and then once all of your guests have arrived, sit back, relax and enjoy the movie! Movies Anywhere Price $4.99+
Live out your trivia dreams with a virtual game show: Grab a group and get ready for game night with a live host! Whether you’re looking for a new way to stay connected with friends who live elsewhere, or just looking for a fun game night, check out the family, adult, or kid-friendly experiences for a night to remember. Make sure to book in advance! Virtual Games Show Room Price: $20
Channel your competitive spirit with a JackBox Game night: If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your family nights or parties with friends, try JackBox Games. With a wide range of options to choose from, these games are bound to take you back to some fun childhood games you may have forgotten about. JackBox Price $18+