We all remember the days of being shuttled around from girl guides, to music lessons and dance or sports classes, I’m pretty sure as parents we are now doing the same for our little ones too. It is seen as crucial for kids to have hobbies to help with their social skills and personal development but it’s very easy to forget that adults need this too.
Mums apparently get 17 minutes a day of ‘me time’ according to a report from 2014, and I’m willing to bed that most of that is spent on Facebook, Instagram or in front of the tv. I know these are all high up on my list of ways to relax! However last year I made a conscious effort to invest in myself and get some hobbies. I re-taught myself to knit as a way to reduce my screen time and to find some creativity as well as getting something productive out of it, namely some pretty awesome baby blankets. I also started writing this blog, mainly to keep my brain engaged while swimming in the mental fog that is maternity leave. Both, slightly unexpectedly, bring me such genuine joy which is why I am encouraging as many mums as I can to find a hobby even if it is just something small to do in those 17 minutes a day!
1. You can meet new people – Actual real grown ups that aren’t your other half!! Ones who want to talk about your shared interest and not baby led weaning or teething problems like the (none the less wonderful!) new Mum friends at baby groups. This is a chance to be just you, not Mummy or Wifey and to have some time to yourself.
2. Being interested is interesting – Have you ever sat next to someone at a work event or dinner party that had nothing to say about themselves? It makes for a hella dull evening and bloody hard conversation. But sit next to (or be) someone who has a passion for something and conversation will flow. It is always cool to hear about a new place or topic you didn’t know about before. Just maybe don’t spend the whole time talking…no one wants to be that guy!
3. It sets a good example for your kids – When they can’t be bothered going out in the rain to football practice or their tablet is more interesting than doing their piano lesson then you can, without hypocrisy, cajole them into keeping going with their hobby. Sometimes new skills are tricky but perseverance is worth while and being able to practice what your preach is the way forward.
4. You could make money from it – Imagine going to work every single day and feeling happy about it? That’s what creating a business from your passion will do for you. Perhaps you could build an exercise class around your own experience and preferences, or sell your crocheted baby blankets on Etsy. There are so many amazing people I have come across via this blog and my Instagram page that are doing just this, making a living from what they love doing and it’s amazing to see!
5. It brings you joy! – A nice easy one to end. If something makes you happy then your home is a happier place, then your kids are happier (and less of a pain in the arse to deal with!) and should you be blessed/cursed to have one your other half will be thrilled to have their loved one be doing something which makes them shine.
I am always on the look out for new skills to learn or new hobbies to try so please comment and let me know what you love to do! And for those mums that maybe don’t have a hobby yet, perhaps this will provide some inspiration.