It's easy to get caught up in day-day-activities and forget to leave some time for yourself. With this list of hobbies to do at home, you can find a new passion and rediscover how great it is to be alone.
Immersing yourself in a new activity, be it physical or creative, will help bring you into the present moment and beat boredom. And with the wealth of hobbies that are easy to do at home, in your local area and beyond, there’s never been a better time to expand your horizons and make a list of hobbies to try.
With many of us spending more time inside for the foreseeable future, it can be tough to stay motivated when you’re working from home. A hobby where you can separate your day from your evening is a brilliant way to help you get the break you need and stay productive in the long run.
And it turns out that some areas of the country have got into some hobbies more than others. Hillary’s research suggests that those in Scotland have taken up hiking more than those in the East Midlands for example, who have developed a love for arts and crafts in the lockdown.
The infographic shows the list of hobbies that have grown in popularity in 2020.
But this isn’t about what hobbies others are taking up, this is about you. Are you an aspiring writer? Future chef? Prospective painter? If you’re in need of hobby ideas, look no further than our round-up of some of the best hobbies for women.
A list of hobbies to do at home…
Learn a foreign language
Whether you’re looking to brush up on what you learnt at school or start from scratch, learning a new language can be an incredibly rewarding hobby. It might seem intimidating at first but with so many resources available, you’ll be chatting away in no time at all.
Why not get prepared for your next trip to France with a programme like this Collins French course? Audible also have courses for learning Spanish, as well as Italian and German, so all you need to do is decide which language you want to learn. With audio books, you won’t have to spend any time sitting in front of text books and can focus on speaking from day one.
You could also try a non-verbal language skill, like sign language. With books like this one, you can pick up the basics fairly easily and learn a valuable language used by almost 150,000 adults and children in the UK.
When you’ve got loads of time on your hands, it’s easy to spot the things around your home or garden that might need a lick of paint or a spruce up. So why not take the time in lockdown to do those things?
Use this exciting selection of easy craft projects for beginners to get ideas for transforming your home, bit by bit. We love the ideas for re-designing fabric and up-cycling old furniture pieces to bring a new lease of life into the living room.
Start writing a book
They say everyone has one book in them, so if you’ve been keeping your inner wordsmith in the wings, it’s time to get your thoughts onto paper. It doesn’t have to be a Man Booker Prize-winning manuscript, but jotting down ideas in a journal will help you hone your skills and help develop your own voice.
If you’re stuck for ideas about what to write about, you could try a writing-prompt book. It will help you to think of things to write about and get your creativity flowing.
Feeling brave enough to share your words with the world? Try a website such as WordPress, which offers a user-friendly way to build a blog.
Expand your recipe collection
Whether you’re an advocate for recipe boxes to discover new ideas, or like to work with your own fresh ingredients, cooking is a great hobby to dive into when you have a little more time on your hands. And as passions for home cooking are at high at the moment, there’s no better time to expand your recipe repertoire.
If you’re looking for something a little different, perhaps jump on the sourdough train. Try this book by Casper Andre Lugg which should see you through the basics and get you started on making your own bread.
Try out some yoga
Yoga is one of the most popular exercise practices in the world and makes it onto many people’s list of hobbies, with millions of people using the downward dog to improve their heart health, relieve anxiety and decrease stress.
With so many tutorials online, yoga is a hobby that you can get started with very easily. Yoga with Adrienne is used by over seven million people and offers a great video on yoga for beginners. In this video, you’ll learn about basic breathing techniques and postures that you can improve on over time.
All you need for yoga is a mat, which you can use in the house or garden, and some workout clothes. Whether you prefer tight-fitting for flexibility or loose fitting for comfort, we recommend Sweaty Betty’s range – available at John Lewis with speedy delivery.
Start a small garden
Gardening, perhaps one of our favourite hobbies to do at home, comes with a huge list of benefits, both physical and mental. Planting bulbs, pulling weeds and tending to an allotment offer the perfect antidote to a day spent glued to a screen indoors, and can even alleviate depression.
Head to your local DIY or garden shop to pick up the essentials or shop online, with plenty of availability from the well-known retailers.
Being in the middle of spring and heading towards summer, now is the perfect time to start growing your old wildflower garden. You will need a garden rake to clear the space of stones and debris, some canes to lay on the earth to make sure the seed is spreading evenly, and some wildflower seeds.
Now the weather is getting warmer, you could even have a go at growing your own giant sunflowers.
Make your own jewellery
Making jewellery has long been considered a therapeutic and creative outlet, as it’s time consuming but produces a beautiful result.
Make unique pieces to update your look or homemade gifts for loved ones, and before you know it you could have a covetable collection ready to sell on Etsy. This silver ring making kit is a good place to start, with everything you need to create unique, hand-crafted rings.
Pick up some brushes and start painting
While you might think that you need to possess the skills of Frida Kahlo to enjoy painting, that’s not the case. Art comes in all shapes and sizes, so the most important thing to try it and get creative. Along with being calming and therapeutic, painting has been proven to strength memory and improve motor skills. And who knows, you could discover a hidden talent!
Find all the guidance you need to get started, with this book by Angela Gair and dig out the paintbrushes. For quality paint supplies at reasonable prices, have a look online at Amazon.co.uk or Argos, where you can buy this 24-piece painting set for just under £20.
Take a photography course
Photography is one of the best hobbies to do at home because if you want to start with the basics, you don’t need to buy anything extra. And in the advent of smartphones and tablets, everyone has the potential to be a great photographer, which is why it made it onto our list of hobbies.
Whether you’re amassing an enviable Instagram-ready photo album or looking to get published in a magazine, photography offers the opportunity to capture memories, improve your eye for detail and relieve anxiety, as you spend much of your time focusing and noticing your surroundings.
While anyone can take a picture, it takes a certain finesse and the right camera to really capture right angles. Take a photography course online, or read through some advice before you get started and then shop the right camera for you. A DSLR camera, for example is ideal for a beginner – easy to use and not too expensive for a high-quality digital camera.
Learn how to play an instrument
It’s never too late to pick up a violin, guitar or trumpet and reap the benefits of playing music. Mastering an instrument can boost your memory, improve dexterity and hand-eye coordination and sharpen your concentration, not to mention give you the chance to meet and socialise with other musicians when you can.
Many music teachers have now taken their lessons online to places like MyTutor, where you pay per hour, so this is one of the easiest hobbies to do at home. Or you can find free online tutorials on Youtube, with videos about everything from tuning an instrument to playing a song.
Looking to pick an instrument up for the first time? Many stores, like Gear4Music will offer consultation along with their products to help you find the best one. While Argos sells affordable instruments online, like this beginners’ Casio keyboard set.
Have a go at fermenting
Looking for a list of hobbies with culinary ideas to do at home? Fermented foods have become hugely popular recently. They’re things like kefir, miso paste, kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi. As well as being tasty, fermented foods help strengthen the good bacteria in our gut.
GP Clare Bailey, wife of TV Dr Michael Mosley, is a fan. She has incorporated it into their Fast 800 intermittent fasting plan. Here’s her recipe for Kimchi, which is cheap and easy to make. All you need is a crunchy vegetable, diced, salt and a jar with a well-fitting lid.
Want to know more? Try a workshop. Lorraine Liyanage of South London Ferments runs regular online workshops on Ginger Switchel, Kimchi and Miso. They are inexpensive, relaxed and easy to follow.
Make an on-trend macramé plant holder
Macrame was all the rage in the 70s. Now – along with houseplants – it’s back in vogue. Making a plant holder is one of the easiest hobbies to do at home. Plus it’s a fun way to spend an evening. Now garden centres are open and we can indulge in a little horticultural retail therapy, it’s the perfect time to have a go.
It’s a low-cost hobby, too. All you need is string/cord and a little patience – and pot holders make lovely gifts.
Get into Nordic walking
Taking up hobbies that boost our health is important. We’ve all been enjoying our lockdown walks but maybe it’s time to take yours to the next level. Nordic Walking uses poles that propel you forward. This means you engage your upper body more than by rambling or trekking.
It makes you lighter on your feet so there’s less pressure on joints. And you’ll burn more calories, so it’s a good form of exercise for weight loss. Poles cost from around £30 and you’ll need flexible-soled trainers or walking boots. Find out more at Nordic Walking UK. They have instructors arround the country.
Relax with some embroidery
One of our favourite hobbies to do at home is embroidery. It’s easy and surprisingly therapeutic. All you need is some fabric, like cotton or calico, an embroidery hoop, embroidery needles and thread. You can order all you need online from Hobbycraft, which has a section on basic stitches.
You might like to embroider a name, an image like this or a floral design. Simply draw on your cloth with a pencil and stitch on top. Adding buttons and sequins is an easy win. And if you’re a confident artist, try doing a portrait in stitch.
There are lots of online tutorials – this one is fun for basic stitches and inspo.
The great thing about embroidery is you can pick up a piece of work for as little as 10 minutes or do some while you’re watching TV.
Discover a new passion and find some time yourself with our list of hobbies, you deserve it!