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The How-To Lounge: Hobbies

With life as busy as it is, it can seem like there’s no time to sleep, let alone take up a hobby. But a hobby can actually help you slow down and make invaluable time for yourself during the busiest moments. While I know there are those of us who’ve been rocking a hobby since childhood, I’m sure there are some of us still looking for a way to do something just for ourselves. To see my tips for starting up a new hobby just


  • Instead of picking a hobby at random, think about what really interests you. If you’re not crafty, scrapbooking is probably not a great idea. But if you love sports, joining a recreational soccer team may just be a perfect fit.
  • Your hobby is supposed to be enjoyable so make sure you pick something you can actually have fun with! For example, just because you love politics doesn’t mean you want to take up political blogging, which could require more time, energy, and thought than you’re willing to expend. You want it to add to your energy, not to take away from it.
  • It might be unrealistic to make time for your hobby every day, but try to set aside at least an hour each week that you can spend doing it. If that’s too much, let it be what you can turn to during your alone time.
  • Like with anything else you want to accomplish, try setting a goal for yourself. Not only will it give you something to work towards, but meeting a goal will give you a sense of personal accomplishment you can’t get from the working world.
  • Use your hobby as an opportunity to branch out and meet new people. You can make new friends, and find even more excuses to invest yourself in an activity that’s just for you.

Hobbies are great stress relievers, so just because they may seem time consuming at first, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give them a try.


wildegurl wildegurl 9 years
Dr. No- I have a sewing machine that has sat unused for the past 6 months, all because I'm having the worst luck trying to thread the machine myself... my mom comes over to my apartment and has to thread it! My roomie just got her own sewing machine and she has already made like 3 floor pillows. I think I just need to suck it up and figure out how to use the dang thing. Start off with pillows then work your way up to clothes!
Dr-No Dr-No 9 years
Baking is a hobby of mine but I usually end up eating everything :-/ And it's expensive to make something with quality ingredients and give it away! One hobby I would like to take up us sewing. I would love to learn how to sew! Imagine all the clothes I could make for myself... Although, granted, it may take a while till I can make clothes I wouldn't mind wearing OUTSIDE!
gemsera gemsera 9 years
how do you convince someone else they need a hobby? I have lots of things I like to do on my own, but my bf keeps getting in the damn way. He always wants to drive me there (i have my own car) or pay for it or things like that. he is always saying he is bored and watches tv shows constantly after work til midnight. If only he would be busy doing his own thing then I could get on with mine :(
Phunkometry Phunkometry 9 years
If you're like me, I'd say try to pick something you really see yourself being good at. Like, if you're tone deaf, don't try to teach yourself piano. I mean, there is always room for improvement in anything, but why stress yourself out when you should be enjoying yourself?
OhMyDragonflys OhMyDragonflys 9 years
I love indoor rock climbing. It's great exersice and it's so much fun.
Mesayme Mesayme 9 years
I love to paint, only finances keep me from painting. It's more expensive than people realize.
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