Do you have a project that you’ve been meaning to start? A book you’ve been meaning to read? I mean, literally, any goal you’ve been putting off? I wouldn’t believe you if you said no. Okay, even if you don’t have a goal or project that comes to mind, you can choose anything you want. Autumn is the time of reflection, re-assessing and looking inward. In other words, it’s time for some self-growth.
Your new hobby could be something you want to really master or something completely new. There’s no “wrong” choice when it comes to choosing something to work on in order to grow. All that matters is that it’s interesting to you and keeps you engaged.
- Gardening or any yard work really. Taking care of something other than yourself could be fun and a good distraction.
- Crocheting or knitting or stitching or even embroidery. If you end up liking this, I can promise hours will fly by without you noticing.
- Art skills. This could be painting, coloring, DIY (fails–which we’ll always try at least one more time) or photography. Using the creative side of your brain could be a nice break from work or school stress.
- Baking or cooking. Whether you want to develop your healthy meal skills or comfort food skills, baking and cooking are great ways to pass time and have something that everyone can enjoy afterward.
- Writing. You could practice writing short stories or poems or blogs or just journaling. This is just another creative outlet if you need a break from your daily stressors.
- Puzzles of all kinds. Even if the puzzle is an app on your phone, your brain will still get a good mental workout. I have a jigsaw puzzle app on my phone that’s over 500 pieces. It literally takes me hours to finish, but I eventually get there
- Reading. Pick a genre and look up the top-rated books. You could even make it like a game. Finish the top 5 before social distancing is over.
- Learn a new language. I actually know of a couple of people taking on this challenge and I applaud them. So if you’re up for a real challenge, why not this one?
These are just some social distancing-friendly hobbies to start working on. For most of them, you won’t need to spend a ton of money and you can give them only a couple of hours a week if you want. Hopefully, you’re willing to try something new and can grow a little bit.
Written by GUADS staff member Toni