Moms spend their time juggling different aspects of their life like their work, friends, children, and housework. Because of this, hobbies often get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list.
However, hobbies contribute towards good mental health, balance, and perspective. To help you pursue your interests and develop your hobbies, consider these five activities that are easy to pick up even if you have a jam-packed schedule.
The word journaling is relatively new, but the concept isn’t. It’s the idea that writing down ideas, thoughts, plans, experiences, memories, and aspirations helps your mental health. The best thing to do is set aside a little time when you can, find a notebook of some kind, and dedicate it to your journaling practice.
Journaling is a wonderful hobby because it allows you to organize your thoughts and get your feelings down on paper. A lot of people find it incredibly cathartic. As a mom, you might be so busy that you don’t have much time to process your thoughts. Journaling will help you do this.
A lot of people want to spend more time outdoors gardening, but this isn’t always possible. You might not have a garden, the weather is too unstable, or it might be too big of a project. Instead, tending to houseplants can become a fulfilling activity.
They make your home look brighter, while you can develop your green fingers. The hobby can also expand as your skills do, so if you become more ambitious you can grow plants, as well as nurture them. And if you are not sure where to begin, there are companies like Houseplant Advisor that have tons of advice to offer.
As a busy mom, it’s likely that you won’t have as much free time to exercise as you would like. That is why cycling doubles up as a great hobby, as well as a way to squeeze some exercise into your day.
Of course, roads can be dangerous, so this hobby isn’t for everyone. But active travel has been proven to have numerous health benefits. So if you are popping out to run an errand, rather than taking a car, could you try a bicycle?
4. Air Drying Clay
Ceramics have become a really popular hobby, but for lots of moms, it’s just not an option. Classes are often held at times in the day when it’s just too hard to get away, and they can be incredibly expensive too.
A fun alternative is air drying clay, and some brands are even suitable for children (check the package to find out suitability first). You don’t have to put your clay in the oven or in the kiln, so you can make fun objects, develop your making skills, and just have fun, for a much more reasonable price.
While knitting has often been seen as an old-fashioned hobby, it’s coming back in popularity. This is because you can do it while watching television or a film. This means that you get to create something, but don’t have to give up the precious little evening time you have to relax.
Knitting is also proven to help with anxiety, partly because the rhythm of knitting helps to release serotonin, the ‘feel-good hormone’.
So if you are a busy mom, these five tips should help to spark some easy hobby ideas. Remember, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You’re doing your best. Just take five minutes here, and ten minutes there, to invest in yourself when you can. Remember, you’ve got this!