11 constructive hobbies to improve your skills and be happy
“What are your hobbies/interests” isn’t just another typical HR interview question you need to prepare for every other job application you apply for. It is something worth pondering.
Hobbies are not just hobbies that you could do in your free time. On the contrary, they can be something really relevant to improve your skills or your knowledge base. They can relax you, satisfy you, fill you with positivity and increase your daily productivity. Essentially, hobbies can make you a happier person in life.
For some of you who are still struggling to develop a hobby, here are some constructive hobbies that you can really think about developing based on your interest.
1. Let’s start with the obvious. While reading
You have heard this a lot. Books, whether fiction or non-fiction, give you perspective. They invite you to dig deep into the depths of your imagination as you travel miles through the pages in search. Also, you become a patient person just by striving to finish a 300-page book. Not just books, you can read articles, newspapers, opinion pieces, or anything else important for that matter. The hobby of reading stimulates the intellect, expands vocabulary, improves memory, and catalyzes empathy in an individual.
2. Gardening. You need to take care of your plants
Caring for your plants like babies and watching them grow and produce flowers, fruits and vegetables is healthy. A hobby like gardening – but of course – requires commitment, precision, concentration and hard work. But it also effectively de-stresses you. It provides respite from the daily chaos of life and allows you a moment just with yourself and your plants. Moreover, when you garden, you are not only kind to nature, but also to your physical and mental health.
3. Cooking. We don’t need to be bosses
Now, you may not like to cook since you already overcook.; This is not for you. It’s for people who love to cook or are looking to learn the same. Cooking is a constructive hobby. It allows you to focus on the task at hand. Your mind is preoccupied with chopping the vegetables, adding the spices, customizing the taste, presenting the meal as aesthetically pleasing as possible, and serving the delicious food to yourself and your loved ones. It consumes your attention, and the mere thought of serving the people you love is very healthy. The hobby has many facets; you can try experimenting with new flavors, making your favorite meal, trying something entirely new, or baking mouth-watering cakes.
4. Just dance
Dance is an artistic form of self-expression. If you don’t want to go to a dance class or a studio, just lock yourself in your room and beat the music. As your body moves, it releases its pent up agony with the beats of the rhythm. Dancing makes your body more flexible, your thoughts lighter and your mind clearer. If you’re looking for inspiration to practice a particular dance form, there’s no shortage of content online. You just have to take the first step.
5. Take your colors and paint
Pens, pencils, colors, take whatever you like and create art. Creating something is very therapeutic, and you don’t even have to be perfect because no one is judging you. Painting, sketching, calligraphy, mandala or whatever you like allows you to connect and manifest your creative side. When your mind is super focused on your work of art in progress, all your worries and stress fade into the background and you feel light-headed. Isn’t that what we all want? I say art because it’s very subjective. It can be sand art or making something out of scraps. So focus on what sparks your artistic side the most and get to work.
6. Explore the world. Travel
If your job isn’t travel-related, pursuing it as a hobby can be difficult. However, it is not irreversible. You can try workcation, weekends to short-haul destinations, or full-fledged vacations. You can even go trekking and become one with nature. Traveling allows you to disconnect from the daily monotony of life, mingle with new cultures and experience the exquisite beauty of nature. It can seduce your senses, calm your mind, and offer you perspective on life.
7. Write. We’re not asking you to write Harry Potter
No, writing isn’t just for improving writing skills. It also helps to process thoughts, develop the imagination and express emotions. By writing freely, you can mimic your accumulated frustration on a piece of paper and feel light in your head. Daily journaling becomes an effective way to de-stress from the chaos of life. In fact, writing a book, short story, or article also inspires you to research and merge information creatively and present it in the most engaging way. Also, during the writing process, you learn a lot about the world or even about yourself.
8. Do any form of training or physical activity
I’ve talked about the importance of doing at least one form of physical activity before. Like dancing, any form of training is healthy for the body. It helps boost the body’s metabolism rate, balance blood sugar levels and reduce stress. This gives you headspace. Exercise also releases endorphins, a hormone that improves your mood. Also, you can start out with workout buddies, but you can end up making real friends for life, which means it can serve your social needs as well.
9. Photography. We all have smartphones
We don’t have to waste our time clicking a thousand selfies just for the perfect Instagram post. However, we can use our HD lenses to capture small nuances of life. Look around you and you will discover that the world is full of stories. Every bit of object is contained, from the crackle of this baby to this random man sitting discouraged on a park bench. Photography says a lot about your artistic touch, your ability to read people and places, and your technical expertise with camera and lenses. Even if you don’t have professional equipment, your camera lenses are enough to tell stories.
10. Learn a musical instrument
do you like music? Then losing yourself in the chords of a guitar, the keys of a piano or any other musical instrument you like could be your thing. But beware, this requires absolute commitment and willpower. Learning an instrument sharpens your memory, gives you a sense of self-confidence, and de-stresses your mind. You could compose your own melody and express emotions through music. It also becomes a great icebreaker and connects with like-minded people. The joy of playing an instrument is beautiful. You can try.
11. Start with the interior decoration
If you love decoration and aesthetics, look around and transform your room. Creativity starts at home. There are a plethora of interior design ideas available on Pinterest. Choose what you like and go for it. Or use your imagination and do the ultimate makeover. In the end, you will feel accomplished. You will feel happier coming to your house every day. You can even extend this hobby to your entire home, workspace, and literally every other area of your life. It might even become your career, for that matter.