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Finding a new hobby

Hobbies are more than just an activity to pass the time. They will help you to find time for yourself in your everyday life where you can try something new or pursue a pastime that you enjoy doing. In our guide we will show you different types of hobbies to help you find a new hobby.

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Finding a new hobby

If you are looking for a suitable hobby for yourself, there are generally two options: you can get back into old hobby that inspired you when you were younger or you can find a completely new hobby. After all, your interests and abilities have changed throughout your life, so a new hobby might suit you better.

To make the right choice, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much time do you want to invest in your hobby? Some hobbies are more time-consuming than others. How quickly you can see progress or results depends on how much time you want to invest. While you can take breaks from creative projects for some time, playing sports, running or swimming require continuous training.

  • How much equipment do you want to buy for your hobby? Some hobbies need more equipment than others. For example, you will only need some quality paper and pencils to get started with drawing but the costs for photography is somewhat more expensive.

Finding a new hobby: participants in a cooking class presenting their dishes.
  • Do you want to do your hobby alone or with others? Many hobbies allow you to be spend time by yourself. Whereas hobbies require teamwork, such as team sports or choir singing. Hobbies that you can practice on your, for example, painting or photography also allow you to get in touch with like-minded people and exchange creative ideas. Group courses offer beginners a good opportunity to network and perhaps even make friends.


There are lots of different types of hobbies that children can also do. It doesn't matter whether you paint, bake or go walking together. These pastimes allow you to spend time together and your children can try something new that they will enjoy.

Why are hobbies important?

The skills you gain from your hobbies can often help you in unexpected ways in your everyday life. Most hobbies require patience, perseverance and concentrationto achieve good results. You can also benefit from skills in activities that have nothing to do with your hobby. Overall, hobbies for adults have the following advantages:

  • Hobbies help you to relieve stress because they clear your mind, and you can concentrate more on yourself.

  • Since hobbies only involve you in things that interest and excite you, your mood can improve.

  • Even during the learning process, you will always experience small successes, which naturally makes you feel happier.

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  • As you improve your skills and get the first results you are proud of, your self-confidence will improve.

  • Most hobbies teach you creative problem-solving strategies to overcome minor obstacles and problems.

  • Learning new skills in adulthood is also an effective workout for your brain.

Different types of hobbies

In the following articles below you can find out more about the different types of hobbies for adults. There is a wide range of hobbies to choose from such artistic, creative or culinary pastimes, which you can try out.

Learning to knit: a woman knitting with yellow wool.

Crochet, macramé, sewing and knitting for beginners

With handicrafts like sewing, knitting, and crocheting, you can relax and train your dexterity and make something useful. From a cosy jumper, a homemade skirt to a stylish macramé wall decoration, the world of handicrafts offers you various possibilities to realise your creative ideas. In this article we will show you how and where to learn different forms of needlework.

Crochet, macramé, sewing and knitting for beginners

When applying for a job it is often recommended that you only mention hobbies that are relevant to the job or reflect your strengths on your CV. Club activities or voluntary work underline your social skills and your commitment to society, which can have a positive effect on the application process.

Learning to cook: a chef adding chopped ingredients into a pan.

Cooking and baking tips for beginners

Cooking and baking can be considered just as much an art as creative hobbies. Cooking has the advantage that you can discover new tastes and ingredients. By taking up cooking as a hobby, you can taste new ingredients, try new ways of preparing food, and even learn more about a healthy diet. Plus, your family and friends will enjoy the delicious dishes you have made. In our article you can find out more about cooking and baking as a hobby.

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Model making: a man working on his model ship.

Model making & RC modelling for beginners

Whether you’re building realistic replicas of ships or taking off with your RC aircraft: Model making is a hobby that requires a lot of skill and patience but also rewards you with great results. If you like to put your skills to the test and leave everyday life behind you while you tinker and create, (RC) model building is the right hobby for you. We explain what you should know about the model building hobby as a beginner.

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Landscape photography: a woman taking a photo of the mountains.

Landscape and wildlife photography for beginners

Photography is the ideal hobby for anyone who enjoys being outdoors in the countryside taking pictures of the beautiful scenery or wildlife. In this article you can find out more about landscape and wildlife photography for beginners and get tips on how to get started with this hobby.

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Painting as a hobby: an artist finishing off their painting on a canvas.

Learning to draw and painting for beginners

Painting and drawing are a great way to get creative and to express your thoughts and feelings. In this article we will show you how to get started with drawing and painting and look at the benefits of creative hobbies.

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If you have to sit or stand a lot in everyday life, playing sports and keeping active are great ways of staying fit. Endurance sports will help you to switch off, and they are easy on your joints. Cycling and hiking promote good health and well-being.


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