When life’s becoming dull, it’s important to shake it up and be creative. Maybe your routine is sapping the fun away, and you’re allowing Netflix to become your default ‘copy and paste” evening plan (for the 300th night in a row). If this sounds like you, then finding a new hobby should be at the top of your list.

Finding a new hobby will allow you to add some zest to you day-to-day. Whether it’s a passion already, or you’re about to throw yourself into something different, a new hobby should be fun. Don’t force yourself into a gym and moan throughout because you feel like you have to. Test, fail, trial and error until you end up finding a new hobby that you actually enjoy.

Take some time to write a few things down. Are sports your thing? Do you have an artistic flair? Have watersports always taken your fancy?

Start from the top and work your way down, reverse engineering exactly what you’d like to do. I guarantee they’ll then be something you can try.

The great thing about finding a new hobby that you enjoy is that you’ll be getting involved with something which other people love, too. Not only is it good building that network and your own confidence in that area, but there’s unparalleled energy when a group of people are enjoying what they do.

Now, if ‘going to the gym’ is a hobby you want to uptake, then great, as you’ll find a local gym within 10 minutes of your home with two clicks. But if you’re looking at finding a new hobby which may be a little more obscure, or unsure what you’re looking for, here are a few avenues you can explore.

 

Search engines

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Google is a clear number one choice.

With over 5.6 billion searches a day, there’s enough demand that needs filling, so there’s enough content to fill any niche.

Start at the top level then work down. Let’s take watersports as an example. Find a list of all the watersports available, then find ones you enjoy. From here, see how they’re offered in the UK. Do you have to head to the coast to surf, or are there centres inland which are closer that offer it? Are there local clubs that organise travel to these centres each week?

There’s a wealth of information out there, that will allow you to drill down into the nuts and bolts of finding a new hobby.

 

Social media

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Social media is another massive advertising platform.

When friends are sharing their ‘highlight reel’ moments, they may inadvertently show off a hobby which might be perfect for you. If so, don’t be scared to reach out and enquire how to get into it. The likes of Facebook groups are also great ways to discover local communities centred around specific hobbies and can be a great method of quizzing the local experts.

Use what social media is for and connect.

 

Meetup

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Meetup is a fantastic way to delve straight into new communities.

Following the name, meet-ups are organised by an event leader around a specific topic. From weekend walks to paintballing trips, there’s something for everyone. If it’s available in your town or city, Meetup provides an immediate introduction to finding a new hobby.

Keep trying a few new ones until you stumble on something you like.

 

University groups

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Students have a huge network of clubs and societies to take advantage of.

If you’re a fresher (or even if you’re not), get to your fresher fairs. Not just for the free stuff, but to check out the different groups. I’ve seen anything from painting societies to parachuting clubs.

Student Unions want to ensure that they do what they can to help with student happiness. So don’t be afraid to reach out to them, where they’ll then be able to put you in touch with the right people.

 

Library boards/local listings

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Although you may be tech-savvy, it doesn’t mean that everyone is.

Some prefer doing things the “old school” way, where a note is posted in a library, supermarket or even a local paper. I’ve seen language lessons advertised on tearable paper, where you rip off the phone number to call. Or guitar lessons, where teachers are targeting parents shopping, to then show their kids.

To you, it may seem like that day has gone, but don’t knock it; you may find exactly what you’re after.

 

Local community centres

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Whether it’s rec centres, leisure centres or public halls, community areas tend to be the heartbeat of a local town or city.

Football clubs pass through, children’s groups such as cubs or scouts are there, and local painting groups may gather in the evening. There’s always a group of people making the most of the area, so watch out for a few advertisements, or ask the owners about what goes on there.

Sometimes, networking can be enough to find out something you never knew existed.

 

Word of mouth

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Ask your family and friends.

Bounce ideas back and forward and see what they think. You may have something in mind but feel a bit down because you can’t find anything. Before you know it, your mate’s aunties dog walkers brothers third cousin runs the local photography group, who trail local hikes each Sunday.

You won’t know if you don’t put your thoughts out there. Your network might be small, but if you put it out to eight people, that’s another eight networks to tap in to.

 

Finding a new hobby isn’t something to just fill time.

It’s to allow your creativity to shine through. Your expression to be shown free to the world. An outlet for your focused energy. This isn’t something to grin and bear just because you should. It should be something that you are present with when participating in, and, most of all, enjoying it.

When you end up finding a hobby that you love, time goes quicker, weeks become more fun, and at the end of the day, you feel a bit more purpose in what you’re doing.

 

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