Unwinding can be a real challenge in the chaos of everyday life. However, by finding a hobby which is both calming and rewarding can make a real difference to our wellbeing.
Throughout lockdown many of us have discovered new or old hobbies to fill our time, however we believe it’s vital to not stop this even as the world slowly gets back to normal. Having a hobby is a great way to relax away from the screens and gives us a feeling of accomplishment which is great for our self confidence. If you’re thinking of starting up a new hobby this Summer then we’ve got some great suggestions for you!
Embroidery as a hobby really rose in popularity last year during the first lockdown in the UK. The lovely thing about embroidery is that once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s quite simple to personalise and transform everyday material objects, such as plain t-shirt or tablecloth. We would definitely suggest that you start out with a simple embroidery kit if your a beginner to get you going. Our current recommendation is this gorgeous ‘Let It Grow’ beginner embroidery kit (£27.00) from Not On The High Street. The design is so sweet and would look lovely hung up in a kitchen or conservatory.
As someone who’s taken up crocheting in the past year I can fully say that it’s a really rewarding hobby to have and is lovely to do out in the garden on a warm day. Okay so I may stick to only blankets so far and every member of my family now owns a crochet blanket made by me whether they like it or not! I personally love the feeling of accomplishment and seeing it slowly come to life. Whether you’ve never done crocheting or quite experienced we highly recommend these lovely kits from The Knitting Network. My current favourite is the Spring Throw Coloured Pack (£20.49) which I must start soon. Those pastel colours are simply gorgeous and the fully finished blanket would make a wonderful present. Give crocheting a go!
Stepping outside and connecting with nature has been shown to really boost our mood and provide us with a sense of calm and tranquility. Whether you want to start growing your own home fruits & vegetables, or plan to create a gorgeous oasis for wildlife we recommend you pop on those gardening gloves and get to it! To introduce more wildlife into your garden we adore this Seedbom Gift Box (£17.95) from Not On The High Street which contains seeds of wildflowers that birds, bees and butterflies love!
Puzzles aren’t just for the young people, anyone at any age can enjoy puzzles. Not only are puzzles great for our brains as it helps improve mental speed and short-term memory, but it’s also a calming activity which can be enjoyed solo or with friends and family. This is perfect on a cosy evening or rainy afternoon, rather than putting on the TV, pull out a puzzle. There’s so many out there that have every level of difficulty, but perhaps start off with a 100 piece set like this Flamingo jigsaw puzzle (£8.00) from Paperchase, we love all the summery colours!
Scrapbooking is a enjoyable way of keeping precious memories together or simply creating gorgeous designs to share with friends and family. This hobby is a great way to express yourself and organise different things all together. Got old tickets from precious events, drawings from Grandchildren or post cards which you just can’t throw away? Instead of letting them collect dust away in a draw incorporate them into a colourful scrapbook to look back on. There’s lots of scrapbook kits available to get you started, but we really recommend that you order a kit from someone off Etsy to support a lovely small business. This Scrapbook Kit (£19.50+) from Caitlin Rose Crafts is full of gorgeous pieces to get you started.
This Summer we hope you try out one of these great, calming hobbies to tear you away from the screens and feel lovely and relaxed. Stay fabulous!