Having a hobby is a great way to reduce the stress in your life and master a skill at the same time. No matter how bad your day at work is, you know that just a little time drawing, painting, sculpting or reading will make it all better once you get back home.
The best part is that there’s really no limit to the inexpensive things you can make a hobby out of. Do you like telling stories? Just a pen and a piece of paper is all you need to craft any world you can think of. Like to sculpt? Modeling clay can be fairly cheap and you can also find origami paper at many stores for very little money. Here are a few other examples of cool, easy and inexpensive hobbies that you may be interested in.
Believe it or not, the childhood pastime of coloring has been making a huge comeback with adults around the world. Think about it: it’s just you and a blank design that you can color any way you want to match your mood. What’s less stressful than that?
And with the prevalence of mobile technology, you don’t even have to buy supplies. If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can download this coloring book app for Android that has over 200 different colors and all kinds of designs, from abstract and geometric patterns to wildlife and people to color.
The app is totally free to download. And once you are finished with your creations, you can instantly share them via email or on social media with a click of a button, so the creative praises of friends and family will start coming in soon enough!
If you’re looking for an excuse to get outside more, then maybe gardening is a great choice for a hobby. Not only will it help you reduce stress, if you want to, you can grow fruits and vegetables for you and your family to enjoy.
You don’t even have to have much land to garden. If you just have a little outdoor space — even just a small patio — you can grow plants in pots. If you own land, then you can make the garden as large and as varied as you like. Just don’t make it too big so that you begin to stress about it!
Learn a New Language
Is there someplace you’ve always wanted to visit? If they speak a different language there, why not use some of your spare time to become fluent in it for when you finally make the trip?
A language app like Duolingo can help you learn over 10 different languages quickly. It uses games to teach you proper pronunciation, common words and phrases, and grammar. Just a few minutes each day on the app and you’ll be ready to visit that special place you’ve always dreamed of.