Happy New Years, everyone!
It’s not uncommon for people to feel tired and completely dead after work. We’ve all been there. At this point, it seems like a natural part of life—work, eat, sleep, and repeat. Despite the bull-shittery that is New Year resolutions, a new year gives us the opportunity to start afresh and actively take care of our mental health.
Hobbies is a topic that could be interesting to ask when we’re on dates but how many of us actually veer away from the “reading, travelling, going to cafes” route? Not that there’s anything wrong with these hobbies, they are just standard. Hobbies can be more than just things to fill up your time; they can even give you extra income! If you need inspiration, here are 5 life enriching hobbies that would make your life better in 2019!
1. Go on Shopee or Carousell to start bringing in some extra New Years cash!
I can’t be the only person who feels sweet relief watching people get rid of their stuff on TV.
Take a good look around your house. Unless you’re Marie Kondo (Tidying up with Marie Kondo is such a good show!), it’s safe to say that you probably have stuff lying around that you don’t care for anymore.
Selling your things online is a great way to get rid of your unwanted treasures for a financial return. It’s also relatively easy to start. All you need to do is to register yourself on an e-commerce site or an app like Shopee and Carousell to start selling.
The greatest thing about this is that you can invest as much or as little time in it as you want. You don’t have to be on the app 24/7. Money is just an added bonus. It just feels so good to have other people love the things you once loved. Plus, now you’d get more wardrobe space to put in new things that you can afford thanks to your new hobby!
Journaling had taken the world by storm. Mostly lurking in Pinterest or Instagram, journaling is the pretty step sister to the classic, plastic lock diary that we all used to have once upon a time. It’s a blank page for your beautiful mind—from writing in your deepest, darkest fear, to using it as a sketchbook to outline your latest creative masterpiece.
As a person who’s had anxiety and depression, journaling helped me de-tangle my thoughts, especially when there’s nobody to talk to. I’d imagine that a journal would also be the perfect time capsule to relive my glory days years later and scoff at how much of a complete idiot I was. Just like the Facebook memories that just wouldn’t leave you alone.
3. Decorating your home with DIY home decorations
DIY arts and crafts are a little complicated. For many people, it’s something that they’ve tried before with disastrous results and vowed to never do again. It’s understandable—after all, we only feel the urge to DIY when we’ve seen a beautifully made product by a person who’s been doing this for years.
With internet resources like Pinterest, it’s easy to start simple projects that would make your house look like an artist’s loft. Like everything else, it takes practice to perfect a craft. Who knows, maybe at the end of it, you’d even be the person confusing future generations of DIY-ers!
4. We do need some education
There’s nothing you can’t learn with the mighty power of the internet. There are many e-learning websites that are free and chocked full of interesting things to learn about. You don’t even need to get out of your pajamas and bed.
The difference is, instead of watching useless YouTube videos that suck out your time, you’ll actually be watching videos that adds value to your life. Skillshare, for example, offers two months-worth of free subscription and you’d be able to learn about anything, from doing water colour to building your stock market portfolio. There’s also no harm in knowing more things. It makes us so much more interesting than we already are.
I don’t think it’s a reach to say that we only survived as a species because we learned how to cook.
Especially in this day and age where we don’t know what goes in our food, cooking is an incredibly practical hobby to pick up. Eating the right kinds of food would go miles in making you feel better mentally and physically. It’s also a great date activity!
It might be a little difficult in the beginning if you don’t cook, but like everything else, it gets better with practice. If cleaning up is the problem, I’d suggest cooking for someone, be it a family member or a significant other. Not only would you get a live taste tester for your masterpiece, but you’d also get a free dishwasher. Be nice about it, of course!
There you go! These are 5 hobbies to pick up at 2019 that could make your lfie way better. It’s also understandable to be tired at the end of the long day. But it’s also very important to know that you’re the only person who can make your life better. So make use of the New Year and start practicing these hobbies to enrich your life!