by Cheryl Conklin
Learning a new skill or picking up a new hobby is a great way to exercise your mind and boost your confidence. The best part? Hobbies are beneficial to people of any age. According to Verywell Mind, hobbies reduce daily stress, promote a positive mood and help us relax. Although learning something new can be a bit more difficult as you get older, it’s by no means impossible. So, challenge your brain, impress your friends and feel pride in your abilities by picking a fun new skill to learn today!Become a Photographer
Photography is a hobby that can be done anywhere and anytime. You never know when inspiration will strike, so you’ll find yourself carting your beloved camera around with you everywhere. Once you know the tricks and techniques for taking breathtaking photos of anything, you can get your favorites printed and frame them for gifts. Or, just let friends and family admire your skills on Facebook and Instagram. Expert Photography has created a fantastic guide for beginners on how to get started from understanding how cameras work to perfecting the composition of your photographs. Once you get the hang of it, you can also turn to different photo editing apps like Prisma to help you make those pictures pop.
Learn How to Train Dogs
Knowing effective dog training techniques can be a valuable asset in your life. You can use these animal skills to train your own pets, or, you can sell your skills as a side gig. This is a wonderful hobby if you love dogs. To get started, spend time around dogs by volunteering at your local shelter to get an understanding of dog behavior. Then, you can learn basic-training techniques online. Your training hobby will likely involve house-training, leash-training, socializing dogs, clicker training and teaching anything from basic commands to fun tricks.
“Useful in so many situations, “sit” is often the first command dogs learn,” as pet care website Rover.com explains. “In fact, most dogs “sit” on their own, so all you have to do is connect the command to the behavior.” You’ll want to learn how positive reinforcement works and how to properly reward pets for desirable behavior.
Learn How to Speed-Read
Reading is a wonderful hobby, so why not enhance it by learning how to read faster than you ever have before? Speed reading is all about consuming the written word faster while retaining more of the information. You’ll even be able to get through articles, emails, and work-related papers faster. Speed reading is easily learned online by following the techniques of people who have mastered the skill. Add an app like ReadMe! to your device so you can practice whenever, wherever.
Learn Basic Car Maintenance
You don’t have to be a mechanic to learn how to change oil or troubleshoot problems. Watch YouTube videos and read tutorials online on how to change your air filter, windshield wipers, and spark plugs. It can also be very useful to know how to maintain the health of your car battery and do a radiator flush. Taking care of your car can keep it in top shape so it lasts as long as possible. This prevents you from spending large amounts of money on repairs or having to look for a new car.
Pick Up A Musical Instrument
For the more musically-minded, learning an instrument is a great stress-reliever and a fantastic way to express emotion. For many, choosing an instrument to learn is one of the hardest parts. If you’re looking for something easy that you can master quickly, try a harmonica, ukulele, or the bongos. For people who are looking for a little more flexibility, the guitar and piano allow you to play a variety of musical genres and styles. The violin, harp, or flute are much more difficult but can allow you to produce unique and beautiful music that will wow everyone around you. For teaching yourself, check out online resources including music theory classes, exercises in ear training, and fingering techniques.
Most people find that when they try out a hobby and it sparks a fire, they’re all in. This means lots of online reading, app downloading and overall obsession with learning everything there is to know. If this sounds like you, make sure your data plan is up to snuff. Look to your carrier for an unlimited plan that provides for plenty of premium data usage so you never have to worry about overage charges.
And, of course, if none of the above mentioned hobbies speak to you, that’s OK! There are many, many more to choose from. The important thing is that your hobby challenges you and allows you to gain specific knowledge and skills that you can be proud of. You never know, you may even end up turning your hobby into a lucrative career one day.