When it comes to hobbies, there should be two key ingredients for you. One should be the enjoyment of it, and the other should be creating something or learning something from it. Hobbies are well researched, and there is a strong link between hobbies and happiness. So, here are some hobbies that will indulge your senses and be productive too.
Cooking or baking as a hobby is amazing. Not only will you get to indulge your taste buds with your created delights, but it is a great creative outlet. Tasting your makes and bakes as you work on them, timing things to perfection, correctly measuring all of the ingredients are all great exercises in self-disciple and pleasure. You can engage all of your senses with this one.
Listening to the food sizzle, smelling the bread as it rises, gently pressing your thumb to the steak to see how close it is, watching you masterpiece brown in the oven, and tasting the delicious outcome.
Drawing and painting are among some of the most stress-reducing hobbies. And, as Bob Ross has taught us – anyone can paint. If you aren’t confident in your ability, following a few of his shows will have you creating artwork that is a feast for the eyes, and you’ll have something to hang on your wall too. Many people fall in love with painting and even sell their paintings too!
Growing anything is a lesson in patience. Not only that but it great to do it with kids too. You don’t need much space to get started either. A small window ledge and a few pots can give you a few juicy tomatoes to eat.
Gardening has been linked to stress reduction too. You can start off pretty easily with cress, parsley, or tomatoes as they are the easiest to grow and then move on. Watching your herbs and veggies grow, and then being able to taste them in a few months is very soothing.
You can opt for one of two things here. You can learn to make your own music. There are so many ways to do this now – you can create beats digitally using Garageband, Soundtrap, or Magix. Or with an instrument like a guitar, piano, or even a harpsichord. The other option is to become a bit of an audiophile. And spend time listening to new music, creating playlists, and even writing reviews about the music that you love. If you chose the latter, try to stick to the 60/60 rule to protect your hearing. You can learn more here about protecting your hearing.
When you are walking in the woods or around a lake, you are in one of the most relaxing places on earth. Not only do you have something stunning to look at. But you can hear the birds and other wild animals as they go about their day. This is often where people take up photography and start capturing stunning images to share with friends and family.
Hobbies can bring us a calming sense of purpose and joy. Indulge in your hobbies as often as possible – and maybe create some new ones too!