Do you really want to feel regret for wasting so much time every week?
We all at certain points in our lives feel bored with nothing to do. Keeping ourselves occupied with productive activities helps to sharpen our minds and bodies for better functioning.
Benefits of keeping yourself busy
- It increases mental health and focuses
- It enhances creativity
- It raises your energy levels
- It helps you become more productive
- Negative emotions become a thing of the past and make you hopeful.
Here is a list of 27 hobbies to keep your hands busy, and eliminate stress and boredom.
Learn to sew online
Sewing is a low-cost hobby to pick up and keep your hands and mind focused. Famous film stars like Emma Watson, John Lennon, and Julia Roberts use their free time to sew because it helps them relax and unwind.
Many research studies conclude that sewing improves concentration and creativity.
To have the best sewing experience I recommend you use the Gutermann Sew All Polyester Thread, Husqvarna Viking Emerald 116 sewing machine, and the Schmetz Universal needles. Here is a beginner tutorial on how to start your sewing journey.
Learning to program is not difficult as most people think, but it requires practice on your end to get good. There are a lot of free resources to help you get started without investing a penny. I recommend you start with the fundamentals. Use Codeacademy or freecodecamp to start.
What better way to keep your hands busy than to lift weights? It is beneficial for both your body and your mental health. it is a great hobby for a man or a woman because you get to build stronger bones, improve your posture and lose fat.
You also stay out of the hospital for longer than most people who don’t exercise.
Read books online
“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” – Orhan Pamuk
You can become more productive with your time by diving into the minds of giants.
A scientific study shows that the number of books you need to read in order to become an expert in a field is four books. Imagine what it means to read ten books.
You can also read fun and fantasy books like Disney with your children.
Time spent with family is well spent.
Start a garden
If you want to supplement your family’s food source and income with your spare time, then look to the path of gardening as a hobby.
Gardening has its pecks. It helps reduce stress, improves your mood, and builds strength. It is a beautiful thing to grow something from scratch.
Learn calligraphy online
Clear and focused concentration is required to learn calligraphy. To start this hobby, you will need a practice book and some lettering brushes.
Learn from the likes of Jake Weidmann, one of the youngest master penmen in history.
Learn to paint online
The brush is a simple thing. Isn’t it? But in the hands of someone willing and dedicated to learning, it can be turn anything into a masterpiece.
Bring out your inner Davinci, and get to panting my friend. Put on your favorite tune and get artistic with your painting kit.
To effectively learn to paint, join Skillshare or Udemy classes
Learn a new musical instrument
How beautiful are the songs created by our favorite musicians? Be that person to your loved ones, learn to play a new instrument in your free time, and amaze them.
Learn Instant photography
Capture and document fun memories of everything around you: your family members, pets, and nature. Pick up your favorite camera and get snapping.
Don’t know how? Watch this YouTube Tutorial and learn the basics of photography.
Learn to bake
Baking is one of the oldest hobbies dating back to the Roman empire.
Show love to your family and friends by baking some delicious cakes, biscuits, and doughnuts for them. They will adore it.
Enroll in this free baking fundamentals course by Baker Bettie to get started.
Start a blog
The internet has made it possible for everyone to connect to the world. It has made it possible to share what you know with others online.
I started this blog as a hobby in my free time. It kept and urged me to write almost every day online. Try it it’s fun. If you don’t know where to start, watch free resources on YouTube to get started.
Learn to play chess
Chess is a game of tactics and strategy. It will build your critical thinking skills. This is one hobby I recommend you to do to keep yourself busy. It is played by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and George R.R Martin.
GothamChess is one of the best YouTube channels on learning how to play chess. In that tutorial you will learn:
- How pieces move
- Piece interactions
- Check, checkmate
- Openings Mid/Endgames
- Study Plan
You can also play chess online at chess.com
Great posture, upper body strength, and balance are some of the benefits you can gain from picking up this hobby.
Research published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that tennis elevates your heart rate and helps boost your fitness level.
In this tutorial, you will learn skills like Forehand, Backhand, and Serve which are some of the core fundamentals of tennis.
Learn to color
Color is the beauty of life. It can be fun and relaxing to do in your free time. All you need is a coloring book and a color pencil or pen. Include your children and create life on paper.
There are a lot of amazing coloring books on Amazon.com from animals to houses to human beings for you to color to your heart content.
Almost every home in the world has a dog. Treat your dog to some exercise to keep you busy. It is one of the few hobbies that help you exercise while having fun with your animal friend at the same time.
Write a book
The paper can store everything; your fears, anxieties, and the things you love. Research even shows that people who write every day are more relaxed and focused.
You don’t need to write a whole book in one day.
First, choose what topic you want to write about. It could be anything from your family history to your children’s lives and even from your own life.
Plan to write a few pages every day in your free time for a year.
You would have a full book by the end of the year.
Spark your creativity with the craft of origami. You can create beautiful paper objects of creatures, household objects, and maybe your favorite human characters. This hobby can really make you a more interesting person as you can with your hands turn paper into beautiful designs.
Learn to knit online
Knitting has become popular over the years. All you need to start knitting is yarn, knitting needles, finishing needles, and a pair of scissors.
You can knit beautiful designs on your apparel and even small pocket bags.
use this YouTube video to kickstart the process.
Coin collections have exploded over the years. There are rare coins from silver to gold which can be very lucrative. You can get coins in your local coin shops, from online marketplaces like eBay and Walmart.
It can be a great way to supplement your income. Check the United States Redbook on Amazon.com to start your journey on coin collecting.
Start journaling your ideas and thoughts
As one of the most useful habits from some of the most powerful people in the world like Marcus Aurelius. To journal is to write to yourself.
In your free time take a journal and write out your thoughts; your problems, your success, and also your actions for the day.
A study at Cambridge University concluded that journaling leads to reduced stress, which in turn leads to improved physical and mental health.
Perform Yoga exercises
Take care of your body and mind, there is no better way to do that than doing Yoga poses and stretches.
This helps keep you in shape and makes good use of your time.
Use YouTube tutorials on Yoga exercises for beginners to get started or low-cost resources if you want more effective and targeted results.
Sitting down in your free time and focusing on your thoughts for just 10 – 20 minutes can lead to better health. Also, you can learn more about your mind and how your thoughts flow. In short, it makes you a better person.
There are tons of resources online to help you meditate properly.
Learn To Dance
The vibration in your body when you start dancing is invigorating. Use your free time to get the exercise you need. It helps fight depression. Involve your family in the process and have fun.
Learn To Sing
Music is like medicine to the soul of every human being. It evokes emotions and the right kind of music has been proven to have physical and mental benefits. Take some of your free time and learn some good songs from your favorite artists. Soak them into eardrums and voice them out.
Update your room
Transform and style your room to your liking. Your room will need new furniture and fittings.
Use your free time to get this petty little thing done by yourself. Find ideas on basic interior designs.
Collect vintage cards
Card collection comes in different forms. You can start collecting cards in sporting activities like Boxing, Baseball, Soccer, and Basketball.
Pokémon cards are also types of cards you can collect. Kids love Pokémon and it will help you foster strong relationships with your children.
Start a podcast
Statistics show that 67 million Americans listen to a podcast every day. This is a great opportunity to connect with people and share what you know. You will also make money in the process, all in your free time.
Learn more on how to start a podcast at Buzzsprout
Be productive and enjoy your time to the fullest.