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Starting a new hobby can often feel daunting and can sometimes be expensive. Because every day you are balancing work, family, and everything else life throws at you; it can be difficult to make time for yourself. Here are 9 awesome hobbies that will prompt you to spend time on yourself without breaking the budget.
9 Hobbies That Won’t Hurt Your Wallet
Coloring has become a very popular hobby for adults recently, and for good reason! Among many other benefits, coloring has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in adults. Coloring is also a great way to sharpen your focus and improve fine motor skills. Because adult coloring has become so popular recently there has also been a trend in coloring parties. This is another great way to add a social component to your hobby. Gather some friends, grab a bottle of wine, and break out the coloring books!
You don’t have to be a part of a sports team to stay active. Doing things like rock climbing, or bowling are an awesome way to get some exercise and also get out of the house. Getting involved in local classes or clubs can also be a great way to meet new people who share similar interests. You don’t need an excuse to sign up for that yoga class you have been meaning to take, or go play in a bowling league your friend told you about!
Knitting or Crocheting
This is not only a cool hobby, but you will also have a never ending supply of birthday presents for friends and family. If you get good enough you can channel your inner Molly Weasley and make your family sweaters for the holidays. It is also a very soothing hobby that you can do almost anywhere. If you are good at multitasking you can even watch Netflix at the same time!
Board Games and Trivia
This is a hobby everyone should partake in. Board games are so much fun and there are board games for all ages. If you are looking for a fun family activity or a weekly hobby with your friends, it is an easy way to kill a couple of hours and get your brain working. If you are not big into board games, trivia is another fun option to consider. There are a lot of restaurants and venues that play trivia weekly so if you live close to any local restaurants it is definitely worth looking into trivia night as a weekly outlet.
If you pick up geocaching you are essentially participating in a real life treasure hunt (what’s cooler than that). Geocaching is an activity in which you navigate GPS coordinates in order to find the geocache container hidden in that location (treasure). If you enjoy hiking, exploring, or tracking down treasure, this is the hobby for you. All you need is a geocaching account, a phone, and a sense of adventure!
We all need to eat right? So why not pick up cooking. There are so many how to videos and tutorials now a days it makes cooking so fun and creative. If you look at cooking as a hobby rather than a chore it opens up the door to so many fun projects. For example you can make anything from a five course meal to homemade peanut butter snacks for your dog! The possibilities are endless.
If you are really into making your home more eco-friendly another fruitful hobby to pick up is gardening. If you have the space and time to make a garden it is another calming pastime to consider. Not only will you have an easy going hobby but depending on the garden you may be able to grow fresh vegetables void of any fertilizers and pesticides. Maintaining a garden has also been shown to be therapeutic for your mind, body and the environment.
Having a collection is an extremely cool conversation starter. There are so many cool things to collect whether it is sports memorabilia, stamps, posters, or toys, an impressive collection represents a lot of time and patience. Collecting may not be the best hobby for everyone but if you have something you really enjoy collecting run with it!
Pick up a Book
Reading is essentially exercising your brain. So when you don’t feel like working out your body, picking up a new book can give you some time to relax and dive into another world. Reading is an awesome escape from reality and also helps improve memory, and vocabulary. If you need a relaxing hobby after a long day, drawing the blinds and grabbing a book may be the way to go. If you are looking for a more communal hobby, many places have local book clubs that will add a social component to reading as well. If you would prefer to stay at home in your pajamas, or that sweater you knit yourself, you have the option to join an online book club as well.
When life gets stressful these are nine hobbies to try out that can get your mind off your crazy life and focus on YOU! Find what makes you happy and calm and stick with it, whether it is reading a book, or trying a new board game there are countless hobbies and pastimes that will make your life more fulfilling and less stressful. What other hobbies put you at ease without breaking the budget!?