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How to choose a hobby to suit you

You may have decided that 2017 is the year to introduce a new hobby into your life. It is common knowledge that we all benefit from a little time to ourselves and having a hobby helps to improve our general wellbeing. Choosing a hobby sounds like a doddle, but it isn’t that simple partly because there are just so many to choose from! However, it is important to choose a hobby to suit you, your lifestyle and personality.

The domestic cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID suggest that you look at certain aspects of your life to help you to narrow down the search. Consider the following when making your choice:

Financial constraints: Certain hobbies can tally up when you become really hooked like some sports which require specialist equipment. Do remember that many hobbies are possible with a basic kit. There are many hobbies out there that require no monetary outlay whatsoever, so if finances are a worry, then you need to have a serious think about which hobbies may be suitable for your circumstances.

Interest and ability: Hobbies are supposed to be fun and you should not allow the fact that you may not be any good at them put you off. If you know that you are physically unable to do certain hobbies due to injury, then of course, you should consider more suitable hobbies. The point is that you don’t have to be the world champion to enjoy the benefits of starting something new. So what if you know you’re no good at drawing? If you enjoy it, then carry on! There is value in the old adage that practise can eventually make perfect, so try not give up too soon as you may surprise yourself!

Inside or outdoors: This can be one of the main criteria for choosing a hobby. If you enjoy being outdoors, then start looking at options that allow you to do this. Outdoor sports (running, Nordic walking, cycling) and nature related activities such as rambling or bird watching are the kind of hobbies for you.

Individual or group: If you enjoy being part of a group or a team and love being involved in others enthusiasm then choosing a hobby that you can do as a group would be a perfect. Look into local groups in your area – check out the internet or local publications as they tend to list them, particularly in the New Year.

Collecting: This is particularly good for people who struggle to get out and who are perhaps unable to leave the house easily. There are no rules on what you collect – it can be anything! Stamps, foreign coins, dolls, beer mats, glass, matchboxes, certain toys – the choice is endless. Some collections can become quite sizeable and valuable over the years and can be passed down to younger generations.

The benefits of having a hobby are well documented as they can be a good facilitator to unwinding and relieving stress whilst being fulfilling and giving you the space and freedom to be you without other distractions.

Have fun!