For many of us, the year 2020 meant less time spent commuting and more time at home, baking banana bread and working on side projects. It has also allowed us the time to enjoy new hobbies and craft projects, which have for many been essential for good mental health. So, with the new year just around the corner, we wanted to take a look at the top hobbies to pick up in 2021, to improve wellbeing and keep your creative mind engaged.
Top Hobbies for 2021
We want to encourage you to revisit the hobbies you started in 2020 and in case you are looking for some inspiration for new hobbies and home craft projects, here are our top 10 creative pastimes for you to take into the new year.
Yoga and meditation
During times of uncertainty, it’s normal to feel low or anxious, but practicing yoga and meditation is a great way to boost your positive energy and feel more grounded. With so many free online yoga classes and guided meditation exercises, it’s just a case of carving out some time each day for yourself. As the old Zen saying goes, “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day. Unless you're too busy, then you should sit for an hour”.
Once we leave school, there really aren’t many occasions when we sit down and put pen to paper. Written communication is mostly done via our phones and laptops these days, but with the rise of mindfulness, calligraphy is also gaining popularity. Defined as “the art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush”, calligraphy is a wonderful new skill to practise.
The term embroidery may conjure up the image of Jane Austen characters sitting neatly in the drawing room, practicing their needlework, but this is another old-fashioned skill that is becoming popular among millennials. No longer confined to embroidering delicate flowers on lace handkerchiefs, modern embroidery artists are creating intricate landscape art, cheeky motifs and customised clothing.
Unlike painting with oil paints, which can be expensive with long dry-times, watercolour painting is a wonderfully relaxing hobby to try and only requires a small paint set, some brushes and a pad of watercolour paper. There is something very satisfying about watching the watery pigments bleed into one another.
Introduce a bit of productive creativity into your daily routine by starting a bullet journal. From sleep tracking to monthly goals, meal planners, to-do lists, gratitude journaling and social planning, your bullet journal is a creative outlet that also keeps you on track. Get stuck in with washi tape, colourful pens, post-it notes and highlighters to really bring your journal to life.
Learn a language
Many of us are looking forward to travelling overseas in 2021 after being cooped up for so long. Learning a language is not only great exercise for your brain, it also equips you with the ability to communicate with the locals, enabling you to make meaningful connections with new people abroad. There are loads of great apps to help you learn a new language. Try watching TV shows and movies in the language of your choice and reaching out to a native speaker to have real life conversations.
The year 2020 has been challenging and bizarre, with facemasks becoming as important as your keys and wallet when you head out, toilet roll shortages and pubs selling Christmas trees instead of beer. Newspaper clippings, official government letters and lock-down photos will be fascinating to look back on in a few years’ time. The pandemic aside, scrapbooking is a fun way to create a keepsake so grab your glue stick and get creative.
Taking photos can be therapeutic and it encourages you to venture out into nature and look at things from a new perspective. The technical side of photography is also really interesting and can be learnt from books, online videos and photography workshops. Joining a local camera club is also a great way to meet new people and share knowledge.
Creating beautiful jewellery is a rewarding hobby. If you are new to jewellery making or are on a budget, there are plenty of simple kits available to buy which include fixtures, tools and beads. There is also plenty of scope to take your jewellery making skills to the next level with engraving, gemology or metalsmithing workshops. It’s an addictive craft, so fair warning; you may need to make space for your own gemstone tumbling machine and soldering iron!
At F+B we are passionate about ceramics and love the therapeutic process and the sometimes unexpected outcomes of our clay creations. If you are interested in using your imagination to create a three-dimensional object, pottery could be the hobby for you. Test the waters with a simple air-dry clay project like Christmas tree decorations or a jewellery dish. If you want to try your hand at wheel thrown pottery, look for a local pottery workshop where you can get your creations glazed and fired in a kiln.
Creativity is contagious, pass it on.
Creativity is a meaningful form of escapism, allowing you to get out of your head and into your hands. At Florence + Blank, we champion the benefits of craft-hobbies for mental health and would like to encourage you to keep up the pastimes you started during lockdown.
We admire and appreciate makers, artists and their crafts on an individual basis which is why we are dedicated to providing a creative retail platform that supports artists and provides uniquely designed pieces that will be cherished for many years to come. There’s an artist in everyone – how will you express it?