It’s not easy running a household. The modern housewife has a lot of challenges to tackle, but they tend to give little thought to their own private time. Perhaps because private time is so scarce that when it does happen it’s just easier to scroll through Facebook or pour that early glass of wine.
Hobbies are essential for people, and housewives should prioritize them. Not only do they give you the chance to broaden your mind, they can help to develop new passions and interests. They also give you something else to talk about when you’re catching up with friends or chatting to parents at the school gates.
If you’re feeling a little unmotivated, here are some of the best hobbies to try out right now.
You might not win an Oscar, but amateur dramatics are a great way to socialize, keep your mind active, and get some applause while you’re at it. There are amateur dramatics groups all around the world, each of them with an almost constant need for new talent. Whether you played Juliet in a school play or you’ve never trod the boards in your life, having a go at some fun am-dram can be a great way to get out of the house and do something that isn’t tied to your family. Remember, Jessica Chastain and Jane Lynch both came to acting later in life, so that Oscar might not be as hard to get as you think!
On Your Bike
As one of the most popular hobbies for women, the modern housewife should certainly try some biking. Not only is it a great way to get some solid unconventional exercise, you can also join up with groups. Going on treks and community journeys together is great fun, and you might not even notice that you’re getting a workout. The best thing about biking is that it’s very easy on the joints, so you get to cycle to your heart’s content without having to worry about aches and pains in your knees.
Check your local area for dance lessons. You don’t have to limit yourself to pole dancing (although that too can be great fun and very good for body confidence). Instead, look at alternatives like ballroom dancing. Whether you go with your partner or head off to a class by yourself, you’re going to have a lot of fun. If you’re single, this is a great way to meet new people, but even if you’re happily married, blowing the cobwebs from your hair with a spin around a dance floor with a talented tango expert can be breathtakingly brilliant.
Sleep Under the Stars
If the idea of camping fills you with dread then it might be best to skip this. However, if you’re looking for a little bit of peace and quiet then a night under the stars can be an amazing way to refresh and rejuvenate. Make sure that you pack camping essentials and head to a campsite for a few days. You might get dirty and you might return exhausted, but after a hot bath and a night in your own bed, you’ll probably start missing having the glories of nature all around you from dusk till dawn.
Never Stop Learning
While many hobbies are based around physical movement, you shouldn’t neglect your brain. It’s never been easier to get back into education, no matter your age or levels of schooling. There are now online courses for pretty much everything, and the qualifications that you can get are the same (if not better) than the qualifications you’d get by heading off to campus. Check out some accredited MBA programs and consider what sort of things you’d be interested in learning. You could even start thinking about launching a new business or trying out an entirely new career with the knowledge that you learn.
Become a Collector
If you have a passion already, then you probably have some keepsakes that remind you of it. Why not go all out and become a collector? The range of options is almost infinite. You could collect playing cards, comics, pennies, or even shoes! Once you’ve decided what you’re going to start collecting, start learning about the subject. Decide on your parameters. Some comic collectors will only buy issues from a certain time period or ones that feature their favorite covers. Once you have more of an idea about what you want to specifically collect, start browsing online auction sites, or head to yard sales more regularly. You might be surprised by the gems that you can find.
Whether you’re the next da Vinci or you’re more comfortable with stick figures, taking an art class is great for the brain. It really doesn’t matter about your skill levels, as pretty much everyone is capable of drawing or painting something. This can actually be very therapeutic. There’s a reason why art therapy is so popular. Creating a work of art can give you a lot of self-satisfaction, and if you’re good enough then you might even benefit your home decor with some personalized pics too! You never know, you might even be able to generate some side-hustle money with your amazing artworks. You don’t even need to go to a class to learn some basics. Head to YouTube and channel your inner Bob Ross.
We live in a very image-focused world. From social media to modern marketing, the power of the right image in the right place is potent. There’s a good chance that you already take plenty of photos, so why not start learning a little more about it? Start with your phone, but consider investing in a better quality camera as your skills improve. Learn some basic tips about composing a better image, and even if the end result is only ever used to take the perfect selfie, at least your Instagram feed will look a lot better. If you develop a good eye for an image, you could even start focusing on specialist photography, with either wedding or wildlife photography just some of your options.
The best hobby for you will depend on your interests. Look around and think about the things that you enjoy doing. Being a housewife in the modern world means facing many challenges, but boredom and a lack of satisfaction should not be one of them. Keep your mind and body refreshed and active, and find a hobby that will inspire your creativity and continued personal growth.