Staying at home when you are not used to it can be stressful and super boring. One way to help alleviate both is by taking up a new hobby. As someone who loves mastering new skills, I have learned a few things about how to get started.
1. Choose a Hobby You’ll Like
Do you enjoy creative pursuits? You might enjoy painting or knitting. Are you someone who likes to be physically active? Taking up yoga or running might be up your alley. Do you love being outdoors? Try gardening. Whatever your preferences, try to choose a hobby that fits your interests.
2. Do Your Research
Creating a home aquarium might seem like a good idea at first, but once you have done a bit of research you may discover that the setup and maintenance is more than you envisioned. Then again, you may find that learning about fish keeping gives you new ideas to be excited about. Either way it is worth researching your chosen hobby before diving in.
3. Consider Costs
You may be excited to start your first sewing project, only to discover that the sewing machine you want is too expensive. Some hobbies are inherently expensive, but sometimes there are ways around that. If sewing is your dream, investigate less expensive starter machines, buy a used machine, rent a machine or take classes where the machines are provided (such as those offered by Orange County Library System). Whatever hobby you choose, it is best to know the costs before you become invested.
4. Start Simple
Starting simple can not only keep costs down, but it can prevent you from biting off more than you can chew. Start knitting with the basic stitches and small projects before attempting that fitted sweater you love. Avoid frustration by learning the basics before working up to that project you’ve been eyeing on the Pinterest boards.
5. Don’t Give Up!
You are unlikely to be an expert the first time you pick up a new hobby. You will mess up, get frustrated and maybe think this new hobby thing was a huge mistake. Instead of viewing mistakes as a failure, view them as gaining experience. Keep at it and you may find that everything suddenly clicks.
6. It’s Okay to Give Up!
This may be confusing since I just told you NOT to give up, but hear me out. If you have worked at your new hobby for a while and are just getting more frustrated, it is okay to decide it is not for you. Move on and try something else. Hobbies are supposed to be enjoyable and fun so don’t feel guilty for quitting.
7. Share Your New Passion
You’ve done the previous steps and you realize you have discovered something you love doing. Share that passion with others! Post your achievements on your social media network of choice, create gifts to share with others or join a club to meet others (once it is safe to do so) who share your love of your chosen hobby. You might even be able to convince a few of your friends or family to join you.
I hope that you have been inspired to find a new hobby that you will love. The library has some great Resource Guides on a variety of hobbies that can help you get started with your research. Have fun and let us know what your current hobby is!