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16:20:00

Is It Time You Took Up A New Hobby?

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Have you ever noticed that we tend to focus our attention on giving things up? When January looms, 
we vow to cut out carbs and give up alcohol, and when Lent approaches, our focus turns to clearing all 
traces of chocolate from the cupboards. While it can be hugely beneficial to give things that aren’t good 
for you up, it’s also helpful to think about adding things to our lives. If you don’t want to make cutbacks 
as part of your resolutions for 2019, have you considered enhancing your health and happiness by 
taking up a new hobby?



The benefits of having a hobby

Bringing fun and enjoyment to your life and reducing stress
Increasingly, we devote time to work, looking after children or caring for relatives, and running our 
households. More and more of us are using a lack of time as a reason for missing out on social 
activities and the opportunity to devote time to things we enjoy. When you’re tired, you’ve been running 
around like a headless chicken all day, or you’re stressed about work, you might not want to find the 
time to do anything else, but having a hobby can help you use the time do you have constructively. 
Sometimes, even if we don’t realise it, we need time out to clear our minds, distract ourselves from 
whatever is getting us down or stressing us out, and to have fun. You can’t spend every waking hour 
checking emails, sitting in meetings and clearing up after your kids. Everyone needs a little time to 
themselves, and hobbies provide a really effective outlet. Hobbies can improve mental health, and they 
can also build confidence and self-esteem.

Socialising
Another brilliant benefit of having a hobby is the opportunity to meet new people. Even if you have a 
group of friends and a tight family unit, there’s nothing wrong with being open to forging new friendships 
and spending time with people who have a shared interest. You never know who you could meet at a 
pottery class or a choir rehearsal. You might meet somebody who becomes a mentor to you, you may 
fall in love, or you might emerge with a new circle of friends.

Health benefits
Hobbies are proven to benefit your mental health, but they can also boost physical health. If you’re 
learning to ski, you’re taking tango classes, you’ve started playing golf, you’re jogging every day, or 
you’ve joined a spin, yoga or Zumba class, this is going to benefit your body. Regular exercise 
increases strength, stamina, and endurance, and it can also improve agility, balance, and flexibility. 
If you have an active lifestyle, your risk of life-threatening illnesses will decrease significantly, and you’ll 
feel great, as exercise triggers the release of happy hormones.



Learning new skills
Hobbies can be great fun, but they can also be incredibly useful. A new hobby can enable you to learn 
new skills and it could even open doors in terms of your career. Consider the impact of learning a 
language, for example. Having the ability to speak different languages makes you more employable, 
and it could broaden your horizons. You could look for a job that enables you to travel more or you 
could even consider working abroad.

Getting out of your comfort zone
Many of us are set in a routine, and we rarely take the time or the opportunity to broaden our minds or 
challenge ourselves. Hobbies offer us the chance to get out of our comfort zones, test ourselves, and 
try new things. There’s no harm in giving an activity a go or shaking up your routine a bit. It’s always 
worth being open-minded. You might fall head over heels for a new activity and find that it changes 
your life. Alternatively, if you take a class and you don’t like it, you don’t have to go again.

Doing what you love
When you have a hobby, it’s comforting to know that you don’t have to excel at something to enjoy it. 
You might assume that you’re no good at art, for example, because you weren’t a high achiever in this 
subject at school. Just because you’re not a budding maestro doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy a 
drawing class or find happiness in getting some paints and a sketchbook out from time to time.
 Spend time doing what you love and remember that nobody is going to judge you. You’re not on a 
talent show or in a class at school.


If you’re looking for a positive step forward to start 2019 on the right foot, why not take up a new 
hobby?
11:15:00

The Home Repairs You CAN Tackle Yourself

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Becoming a homeowner is a hugely important milestone in most people's lives and something we 
dream of. But it's definitely not all relaxing on a pristine sofa or throwing barbecues at the weekend - 
our houses require regular maintenance work to stop them falling into disrepair. Quite simple repairs 
can develop into huge issues if left unresolved, so it's far better to tackle things head on and develop a 
proactive home repairs schedule. If there's something you can do that only requires simple tools and 
isn't dangerous, it's a good idea to learn how to do it yourself and save some money. This will keep 
costs down and make sure that you can call in a contractor when you really need to.

Refresh Your Paintwork

The key to maintaining fresh looking rooms is being able to give them a new coat of paint occasionally, 
and it's something you should be able to do yourself. The key is to spend enough time on the prep 
work before you ever raise a roller. 

Start by removing any fixtures which will be in the way - unscrewing curtain rods and taping up the 
edges of light switches and skirting boards with low-tack decorators tape. Get a pro finish by cleaning 
down the walls with a damp sponge to get rid of dust and grime that will stop paint adhering cleanly to 
the walls. Check for any old nail holes or little surface dents and cover them with filler before sanding 
down. Apply a primer first and then a couple of coats of the shade you've chosen - it's a brilliant way to 
breathe life back into your home.

Service Your Heating and Aircon

The winter means you will have been using more heating while the summer makes demands on your 
air conditioning unit, so spring is the perfect time to service both and prep them. Start by checking the 
copper pipe coming out of your unit - if it feels hot, the units coils are likely to be dirty and in need of a 
wash. Clean out any vents of dust and debris that stop your unit working effectively - if you find a 
problem, call a 24/7 ac repair before issues escalate. Bleed radiators to rebalance the levels and 
ensure even heat distribution. There are lots of simple video tutorials for servicing your heating syste
out there that you can follow.

Reseal Your Bathroom

Redoing the sealant and grouting in your bathroom not only guards against expensive and damaging 
leaks and stops mould and mildew forming, but it freshens up the appearance of your whole bathroom. 
You can get hold of products which soften the old caulking and make it easier to cut away and remove 
with a scraper. Once you've stripped it out, use paint thinner to get rid of any residue. Next, load your 
caulking gun with your choice of sealant and have a few practice runs on an old piece of scrap to make
 sure you can apply it as a smooth even line. If you aren't confident, you can also get strips of caulking 
that you unroll and press into place. Next, use a grout whitening pen to touch up between your tiles, of 
it's chipped and damaged, you can regrout your tiles - there is even coloured grouting available if you 
want a low-key new look.
14:13:00

Learning At Home - You Can Do It!

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How much time do you waste online? All of that time spent checking Facebook, Instagram and 
watching Netflix… Couldn’t you do something more valuable with your time? Online learning is great for 
many reasons - it can help you find new hobbies, improve your career or simply help you pass the time!

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With so many ways to learn new things, it’s worth giving it a try. Take a look at some of the cool ways 
you can embrace web learning and find a good use of your time online.

Get crafting with YouTube

Getting crafty is easier than ever thanks to YouTube! There are so many fantastic tutorials out there that 
can teach you to do everything from making your own candles to making your own kitsch blankets. If 
you’re passionate about home improvement, you could even learn how to take on more ambitious 
projects and do some great things around your home. Who thought YouTube was just for funny cat 
videos?

Study for an online degree

Studying online means you no longer have to go to university to get a good degree and benefit your 
career. You can use online learning to help you get your education at your own pace, making it the ideal 
solution if you need to work or take care of your family while studying. An online MSN-FNP program 
could help you become a family nurse practitioner and open up many doors. There’s some great 
courses you can take online, and with flexible funding too - you could really boost your career!

Learn a language

You’re never too old to learn a language, and learning a new language online can be a fun new hobby. 
Websites like DuoLingo make learning a language fun and easy thanks to games that are designed to 
boost your memory and help you grasp the basics quickly. It makes such a difference knowing a bit of 
the local lingo before you travel somewhere new, so spend some of your free time learning a new 
language that will be sure to impress friends and family the next time you go away!

Become a superstar chef!

As one of the easiest things to learn online, cooking has to be up there! How many times have you 
seen a fantastic recipe idea shared on Facebook but never set about to make it? What’s stopping you! 
Expand your recipe repertoire and aim to cook a new dish each week - whether you want to eat 
healthier or simply try more home cooking, the (online) world is your oyster!

Online learning is something you can easily fit into your time. Whether you choose to learn during your 
morning commute, while you’re catching up on the week’s TV or while you’re lying in the bath - there 
are plenty of opportunities for you to learn something new. Set yourself some exciting new goals and 
who knows what you could end up learning online?

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