Being a millennial is sometimes like a joke. You’re told that everything’s your fault and you’re constantly expected to toughen up and take responsibility for your life. Despite being the driving force behind the technological innovations, millennials are still labeled as bratty, insecure and overly privileged. Millennial women tend to have it a bit hard, since they’re expected to be tough and career-oriented, while also juggling family life and motherhood. No matter what, everyone needs at least one hobby, something to do in their free time, that can help them be less stressed and happier.
So here are six hobbies that you could use to escape the work and family-related stress :
With the rise of Instagram and other social media platforms, everyone can be a photographer and get praised for their efforts. Yet, photography can be soothing and relaxing, as it teaches you to look for beauty in everything. If you’re just getting started, you can just use your phone to capture the moments you like. There are many apps that can help you edit your photos, and if you want something more, you can always invest in a quality, more professional camera. Also, analogue photography is becoming popular again, so feel free to visit your parents and dig through their old stuff in search for their old Kodak. You can find a wide variety of analogue cameras so feel free to experiment with various ones until you find the one that you like.
Nowadays, our social media feeds are filled with short cooking videos where everything seems so easy to make. But if you’re inexperienced in cooking, you’ll see that’s harder than it looks so that’s why a lot of people give up too soon. Cooking is a beautiful and very rewarding hobby so if you’re already a foodie, it’s only natural to try to learn to make your favorite dishes. Italian cuisine seems the easiest to start with, since almost everyone loves pasta, but if you feel more ambitious, try experimenting with Middle-eastern, Greek and various Asian cuisines. The good thing about cooking is that you don’t need to spend a lot and you can do it at the comfort of your home, which is great during the cold winter months or if you’re a proud introvert.
Learning to draw can be more challenging, especially if you’ve never paid attention to it. Luckily, there are many useful YouTube tutorials that can show you how to draw fine lines and learn the shading techniques with a pen. If you’re looking to meet new like-minded people, you can search for drawing/painting courses in your area, so you’ll have company that can help you grow. You don’t need to dream of being an artist in order to create and enjoy art. Besides, once you learn how to draw and/or paint, you’ll be able to create your own artwork which you can hang all over your house. That way you can also save money and have something to show to your guests.
Golf has always been stereotypes as a boring activity reserved strictly for old rich dudes without a sense of humor, but did you know that golf can be a funny way of spending time, too? It might seem complicated at first, but who knows, maybe once you get the gist of it, it can become your favorite sport. There’s a huge upside to playing golf — it encourages interaction with others which can also be useful if you’re looking to meet new people and network with people who matter. As for the basics, there’s really no need to worry: just check out Hombre Golf Club, because it has a ton of valuable information and tips, both for beginners and experienced players.
Scrolling through social media can be tiring as it is, so it’s understandable that many people don’t feel like reading, considering they’re already exposed to a lot of information every time they open their fave apps. But, reading is the only hobby that can be done literally anywhere, and with new gadgets such as e-readers, you don’t even need to spend a lot of time holding a heavy book. In case you’re new to reading, start with lighthearted genres, such as romance or chic-lit. For those who prefer female-centered darker novels, feel free to check out books by Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins. Goodreads is an excellent place where you can make your to-read list, check out the reviews and swap reading tips with fellow book enthusiasts.
Reading and writing usually go hand in hand, so if you happen to already love reading, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to try writing, too. Even if you think you might not have a talent, you can start by keeping your own journal or writing random thoughts about any subject or person that crosses your mind. Use the writing to get things off your chest, and who knows, you might discover you’re actually talented. It can be difficult at first, but you just need to relax and start writing. In fact, you can make writing part of your evening routine — get yourself a nice-looking notebook and a pen and write down everything that happened to you during the day. Also, you can use it to make plans for the next day.
In conclusion, finding a hobby that you’ll like takes time, so if you don’t like what you’re doing right now, there’s no need to stick around. Keep experimenting with various hobbies until you find one (or two) that you enjoy. After all, life’s too short, so you really don’t need to spend your time and money on things that don’t make you happy.