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Choosing A New Hobby

If you are a senior and can't be as physically active as you once were, I understand if you feel bored with your day-to-day routine. If you are at the point where you are spending way too much time watching television and being bored, it may be time for you to explore a new hobby. Hobbies are a great way to express yourselves creatively, work the mind, and spend time doing things you enjoy.

So, how do you go about choosing a hobby? Well, to start with, you need to answer a few questions:

What are your interests and what do you want from a hobby?

Do you want to do something alone or in a group?

Do you want to do something indoors or outdoors?

Is there a hobby you have given up in the past that you'd like to start again?

Once you've answered these questions, it might be easier to get an idea from my list of suggestions:

1. Learn something new: cooking, art, craft, language, dance, sewing, weaving

2. Get active: bird watching, photography, foraging, gardening

3. Join a club: book club, yoga, painting, writing, dance

4. Games: actual boardgames or online versions of those games, sudoku, crosswords, puzzles

5. Volunteering: schools, community centers, pet shelters, soup kitchens, hospitals

Everyone has different amounts of time and energy that they can spend on hobbies. So, make sure you don't take on more than you can handle. If you're not sure what you want to do, try a few different things and then carry on with whatever activity makes you happiest. Always remember, whatever you choose to do, enjoy it! Hobbies are meant to be fun, not stressful.

Nikita Healthcare Consultant, in4MED The author of this blog post is a Physician with over 10 years of experience working in the healthcare system as a clinician, researcher and educator. She is passionate about healthcare for older adults and strives to be a resourceful inspiration to caregivers. *No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional.

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