As a mom, you probably already know that free time is a rare thing. However, there may come a time when the kids are in bed and the laundry is done for the night, leaving you with a few hours to spare. While you may be thinking about watching television for the who knows what time, you may be thinking about switching things up and starting a new hobby.
With thousands of hobbies out there, you have to understand that a fair majority of them don't require any effort or knowledge on your part. Whether you want to change from your same old routine or are looking to explore something new, here are four hobbies any mom can pick up without any effort:
1. Start Painting or Coloring
Go to your local arts and craft store and pick up a paint kit along with some good colored pencils. For less than $10, you could be on your way to becoming a professional side artist. With the paint, you can literally paint anything. This could be a mug, a t-shirt, a canvas or even a simple piece of paper. Whether you want to copy a design you found on the Internet or use your imagination, the sky is the limit here. On the other hand, with the colored pencils, pick up a few adult coloring books. If you're unfamiliar with these, they are basically pages filled with many sophisticated designs that will keep you busy for hours. With the radio on and the kids in bed, this is a very relaxing and therapeutic hobby to consider.
2. Take up Hiking
Regardless of which climate you live in, there's a good chance you have multiple hiking trails nearby. The great thing about hiking is that you're able to bring your children along, or if you don't want to, you could consider heading out once they are in school for the day. Finding a hiking trail is fairly easy if you don't know where to start. All you need to do is either research a few online or use a popular hiking website such as AllTrails. To get started, all you're going to need is a sturdy pair of hiking shoes and a pair of sticks if you plan on hiking a rugged terrain trail.
3. Start Taking Pictures
If you love taking pictures, consider learning the art of photography and exploring your hometown. To get started, consider picking up a few photography books at your local library and following a few tips inside. Some local libraries may also have some free classes you can take advantage of. If you don't have the time to attend classes nearby, consider researching free photography lessons online that can help get you started as well. Taking photos is a great way to explore your local town and even make some side money if you get good enough.
4. Join a Sports League
Today, joining a sports league is easier than ever. Even if you don't know how to play a sport, there are many others like you who are looking to put together a team to have fun. Whether it's a softball, kickball or soccer league, consider putting a team together with some of your friends, or if you don't know of anyone, try using websites online such as Zog Sports or MeetUp. Joining a sports league is a wonderful way to stay in shape, socialize with friends and even reduce your stress level.
These are just a few of the many hobbies out there that you can consider doing today; you can also learn how to sew a fleece jacket, scrapbook, or learn yoga. Every mom deserves to find fulfillment in something besides their children and hopefully picking up a hobby or two can help.