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Life can be busy with family, friends and school work. But when you're not surrounded by people, what do you do? This is where a hobby comes in...

Having something that brings you joy, inner peace, contentment or a sense of achievement or purpose is a wonderful thing.

And the great news is, there is a hobby out there for everyone because there’s literally no limit to the amount of hobbies out there! Here are just a few random ones that almost anyone can do: 

  • Reading – novels, magazines, comic books, audio books

  • Exercise – yoga, dancing, running, skipping, team sports, swimming, tennis

  • Arts and Crafts – painting, drawing, knitting, crochet, dressmaking, fashion design

  • Music – singing, playing an instrument, being part of a band, arranging music, composing

There are many advantages to having a hobby. As well as giving you pleasure, hobbies encourage you to socialise, recharge your brain and help you cope with stressful times in your life.  

A hobby can build confidence by learning and mastering a new skill and is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people who may become lifelong friends. 

It’s very important to make time for your hobbies, particularly in times of stress or anxiety. For example, during exam time, make sure to carve out a half hour every day to do something you enjoy that will help you stay focused and calm.

If you don’t currently have any hobbies that you enjoy or would like to take part in an activity but don’t know how to get involved, talk to a trusted adult in your life to help you pursue your interest and find your passion in life.

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