Hobbies are an important part of our daily lives. And if you don’t have anything you’re passionate about, it’s time to find a new hobby. Hobbies give us something fun and meaningful to do in our downtime and are a great way to relax.
However, finding a new hobby is never easy, especially if you aren’t sure what you would enjoy.
If you’ve been thinking of starting a new hobby but don’t know what to do, you’ve come to the right place!
No matter what age you are, here are some tips and tricks for finding a new hobby so that you can get started today.
By the end of this article, you will have some ideas of at least a couple of hobbies to try and how to find which is the right one for you.
How To Find And Learn A New Hobby (Top Tips)
Why You Should Look For A New Hobby
Finding a new hobby (see also ‘25 Fun Hobby Ideas For Kids That They Will Love‘) can expand our horizons and allow us to learn and enjoy new things.
Hobbies help keep your brain engaged and let you relax while doing them.
While you might be comfortable with the hobby or hobbies you already do, maybe you feel the need for something different.
Finding this new hobby can open so many doors, allowing you to meet and interact with new people if you wish.
Maybe your current hobby is something you’ve done for 10 years, and you just want to try something different.
Perhaps you feel like there is a gap in your life, and a particular hobby can help fill it.
No matter the reason, you need to explore different fields and find new and exciting things for you to love.
Is There A Kind of Hobby You Need in Your Life?
This is a question you might ask yourself when trying to think of a new hobby to enjoy. Maybe you need a hobby to help with stress relief or exercise.
If you feel like you’re lacking in skills that you would like to develop, then look for a hobby in that field.
It’s common for people to take up various forms of exercise as a hobby if they feel like their life is boring or they’re being too sedentary.
Similarly, if you don’t know your way around the kitchen, you can take up cooking or baking as a hobby.
If you want to learn more about a particular aspect of cooking or baking – go for it. Start writing down recipes or even start a food blog while you’re learning. Others will love hearing about your trials and errors of your cooking or baking journey!
Maybe you feel like you should enjoy the great outdoors more (see also ‘Is Fishing A Hobby?‘). If this sounds like you, consider taking up gardening (see also ‘What Qualifications Do You Need To Start A Gardening Business?‘), hiking, or bird watching so you can spend more time outside.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with this, as there are countless options and possibilities within every category.
Speaking of categories, it might help to categorize hobbies to aid you in your decision-making.
Below is a list of some hobby categories and a few hobbies that fall under that particular category.
Please bear in mind the below options are just a few possibilities!
- Academic: studying history or archeology, learning a new language, or even taking a dance class
- Animals: dog training and walking, horseback riding, or volunteering at a shelter
- Computers/technology: gaming, coding, streaming, or web design
- Creative pursuits: scrapbooking, photography, painting, digital art, drawing (see also ‘Is Drawing a Hobby?‘), or music
- Culinary arts: wine-tasting, bartending, baking, cooking, or writing a food blog
- Do-it-yourself: home improvement projects, woodworking, or carpentry
- Entertainment: watching shows, attending the theater, going to different concerts, or going to the movies
- Games: checkers, chess, board games like Monopoly, Sorry, Yahtzee, or playing cards
- Outdoors: bird watching, gardening (see also ‘Can You Make Money Gardening?‘), camping, or hiking
- Physical activities: walking, biking, hiking, playing team sports, or , weight-lifting or going to the gym
- Science: botany, astronomy, meteorology, fossil hunting, or chemistry
Tips And Tricks For Finding A New Hobby
To find a new hobby, go through a process of seeing what you like and what you don’t. This can be different for everyone, but it makes sense to list every hobby you can think of and go from there!
Make a list of every hobby you can think of – you might want to do some research to help you with this. Research hobbies in lots of different categories and write them down.
Cross out the hobbies you know you aren’t interested in or won’t benefit you in any way – once all the hobbies are written down, cross out the ones you know you won’t be interested in doing. For example, if you’re a creative person, then you might not enjoy engineering or coding. The trick here is to be honest with yourself and think about what sounds interesting to you and what doesn’t.
Cut down on your list of potential hobbies – from the hobbies still left on the page, do some research and maybe watch a YouTube video or two about them. After watching the videos, eliminate the ones you’re less likely to enjoy.
Try out a few hobbies left on the page – once you’ve whittled your page of hobbies down to 5-10, you can try out the remaining ones. It’s easy to buy little kits online if you need them. For example, if you think you might like making candles, buy a candle making kit from Amazon first and test it out. For a small price, you can see like it first. And if you don’t, then you saved yourself from investing a lot of money into something you would not enjoy. If you aren’t a fan of a particular hobby, just keep going through your list. Do this until you find one that you feel can be a sustainable hobby for you.
When You Find Your New Passion (Hobby)
Enjoy your hobby! – it may take awhile to find that favorite new hobby. But once you have eliminated the others and have only one hobby left, you can go out and enjoy it.
This method might not work for everyone. And there’s a good chance your next hobby will just come to you out of nowhere.
If that happens, good for you!
This is a lot easier than going through a whole elimination process – especially if you have no idea where to start.
Once you find a hobby you like, get to know as much as you can about it. Take some classes or watch some videos about your new interest. There are so many great online courses available for every kind of hobby to get you started.
Alternatively, you can just watch YouTube videos to teach yourself everything you need to know.
READ MORE: What is a Hobbyist vs. a Professional?
How To Tell If A Hobby Is Or Isn’t Right For You
You might think you’re going to love your new hobby, only for you to… not.
If a hobby doesn’t click with you after trying it out for a while, don’t feel ashamed to drop it and try something else.
If this applies to you, don’t worry about it!
We often fall in love with the idea of doing something rather than actually doing it.
So there’s no shame in trying something and giving up on it. Better to give it up early on versus spending lots of time and money on something you don’t enjoy doing.
You can always try to find hobbies that require less time; are easier to learn; or cost less money. It really doesn’t matter how much effort it takes; a hobby is still a hobby.
Even if it’s just learning the lines to Friends – that’s still a hobby and it’s a fun one!
Just be sure to give it some time before declaring it isn’t right for you. You might grow to love it after a few tries, when all you needed was a little patience and practice.
A hobby should really be something that you love doing. You need to feel passionate about it and want to learn more about it every day.
At some point, iIf you get really good at it, you could even turn your hobby into a business!
That way, you’ll never have to work another day in your life – and who doesn’t want that?