Taking up a hobby, especially when your energies usually go to others, can improve your mental health, happiness and sense of wellbeing. These creative hobbies will develop your mind, body and / or spirit!
Between work and family life, it can feel as though there is not much in our lives that is actually for us and for us alone.
When you’re a woman who likes to pursue meaningful goals, sitting down at the end of the day in a puddle of exhaustion to binge watch a television series or two doesn’t feel all that satisfying.
You can go to sleep feeling as though you haven’t accomplished anything – and that makes you feel empty.
What you need is a creative hobby, one that will stretch your mind and provide you with a sense of satisfaction and achievement.
Therefore here’s a list of hobbies that will be sure to appeal to most women that will fulfill that creative desire.
In addition, many of these are hobbies you can do at home, so that you are able to have your hobby fit into your lifestyle, NOT add another item on to an already crowded schedule.
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Blogging is a hobby that can quickly become an obsession!
I started blogging back in 2016 and since the moment I started, I have loved every minute.
Blogging is a creative hobby that appeals to many women because it
- has low start up costs
- can be done from home
- has serious money making potential
In addition, blogging develops the following skills
- design (pin design, photography, graphics)
- technical skills
- social media marketing
Because there is always something to learn, it is absorbing and satisfying.
In addition, I have made some amazing friends through blogging from all over the world.
Related: How to make friends as an introvert.
If blogging sounds like something you would like to try, check out my recommended blogging tools. There’s a link to a free start a blog course there, as well as what basics you need to get started.
Bullet journaling enables you to combine both creative flair AND planning and organization.
Bullet journaling at its most basic form is simply writing a list and crossing it off. Don’t get overwhelmed by all the beautiful spreads you see out there: these are things you can learn once you get started.
You can use your bullet journal to
- plan your days / weeks / months
- write affirmations
- record daily wins / gratitude
- track habits
- monitor finances
- record books read, shows watched
The list is as endless as your imagination!
When you’ve worked out what you want to include, you can start learning more about design and make it look as beautiful as all those Pinterest images.
I remember when I was a small child staying with my grandmother (which we did for months on end, because mom suffered from mental illness), how she would go out once a week to play bridge.
I never knew what the game was about, but I knew it gave her much joy.
Little did I know it was actually one of the most popular card games in the world!
That’s one of the reasons it features in this creative hobbies list.
The other reasons are that it’s intellectually challenging AND inherently social – you need to play in a team!
This video explains the basics, however the game is NOT the easiest, so given that, you’d be best off contacting a local club if you’d like to take up bridge as a hobby.
Calligraphy is an ancient art that has its origins in a variety of cultures.
According to Britannica, the word may derive from the Greek words for “beauty” (kallos) and “to write” (graphein) (source).
Calligraphy is a skill you can employ when writing invitations, letters, even working in your bullet journal!
It takes focus and skill and produces something beautiful.
You can learn calligraphy through an online class such as this one:
Modern Pointed-Pen Calligraphy Online Class
Cooking is something I never had time for when my children were younger. I was on my own for much of their lives, and was working full time, as well as ferrying them to their various activities.
We had the famous yellow meal, which consisted of chicken nuggets, corn, and shoestring fries.
When we built our house, I put in a kitchen I LOVE. I decided I wanted to learn to cook in honor of this kitchen.
The best thing about cooking as a hobby is that your whole family benefits!
If you want to improve your cooking, you can either
- purchase a recipe book from your favorite chef, highlight the recipes you want to try and try making one new recipe a week (I recommend selecting a weekend night when you have nothing else on)
- take online cooking classes (you can choose from cuisines from different cultures, or specific items such as pizzas or breads, or different tools such as blenders or pressure cookers)
- sign up for cooking classes at a community college
I was primarily interested in romance novels, and through this I not only developed my writing skills, but I also got to know an awesome group of women through our national romance writing association.
Many people feel they have a story in them – but they never get around to writing it.
Did you know, if you wrote just one page a day you could finish a first draft in a year?
What an amazing New Year’s resolution that would be!
I recommend Stephen King’s On Writing for a great introduction to the craft.
Crocheting its one of those crafts that make your heart sing back to simpler times. There’s something about a granny square blanket that makes me feel instantly cozy!
Crocheting is portable, inexpensive and there’s no end to the projects you can make with it.
I taught myself to crochet using You Tube videos.
Now note that it generally takes being presented with information seven times before we take it in, so if you want to try this creative hobby then don’t give up after watching one video and not getting it.
Alternatively you can take an online class.
As well as producing cushions, blankets and other super cute things, crochet has a number of health benefits: it reduces depression, stress and insomnia, Alzheimer’s and more! (source).
Dancing is a fantastic, creative hobby.
There are as many styles of dance as there are dancers (well, that may be a slight exaggeration. But there are a lot.).
Classes are generally available in
- hip hop
- Latin American
Learning dance helps keep you fit, flexible and coordinated. Classes will usually be in blocks of around 10 weeks so you needn’t worry about a long term commitment until you’re sure you enjoy it.
It can also be a super fun thing to do with a friend if you never have time to catch up, or your husband if you are looking for a fun date idea!
Related: How to plan a regular date night – and why your marriage needs one!
DIY SKIN CARE
Our skin is our biggest organ, so it makes sense that we think carefully about what we put into it.
This hobby for women will see you put your money where your mouth is by creating your own skin care products!
Don’t mess with Mama has 10 simple homemade natural skincare remedies to try from cleansers to face masks.
If you’ve always said you couldn’t draw, why not consider drawing as your creative hobby of choice?
Get your growth mindset on and challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone.
Drawing develops hand-eye co-ordination, and helps improve focus and concentration.
Unless you have a background in drawing, then I suggest this class. Don’t be put off by the description that it is for children. We all have to start somewhere!
If you would rather just draw for its meditative powers, that’s an option too!
Yes, there is such a thing as meditative drawing:
Ever wonder why people bring flowers to people who are sick in hospital?
Because fresh flowers have a range of health benefits for those who are lucky enough to have them in their space (source) – including lower blood pressure, heart rate and measures of anxiety.
According to the above source, people also perform better in offices where there are fresh flowers.
You can harness the power of this by learning how to arrange your own flowers.
For flower arranging, I would recommend finding yourself a class at a local community college or night school.
I did this several years ago with my stepmother and it was heaps of fun.
Not only that, but we got to take home our creations every week. It looked very impressive!
Flower pressing is the art of preserving flowers through flattening them, usually in a flower pressing kit.
Flower pressing is a way of remembering special times – you could preserve one flower from a bouquet, for example, that was given to commemorate a particular event.
Or on a picnic in the woods, you could gather some flowers to preserve.
I first came across flower pressing when finding some flowers pressed in a book as a child and thought they were magical.
These days you can even press flowers in the microwave!
Here’s Amazon’s top picks in flower pressing kits:
Pressed flowers look lovely framed and as such are simple, effective and affordable home decor which can double duty as memorabilia as well:
Gardening is an amazing creative hobby.
Through planning garden design, to caring for your gardens with weeding, pruning, and other necessary tasks, it’s a hobby that will reward you and everyone in your home, with sight, scent, and even taste, should you get into growing your own produce.
Gardening has given me hours of pleasure in my life.
I garden in silence, and as a result it has become a restful, meditative-like activity. I can spend hours in the garden, fully absorbed in what I’m doing.
If you still weren’t convinced as to why you should try gardening as a creative hobby, getting out in the garden gives you exposure to sunlight and subsequently Vitamin D.
It also gets you in contact with the mood-boosting mycobacterium vaccae.
There’s nothing as satisfying as bringing in your own produce fresh from the garden and serving it up for dinner – or picking your own flowers and arranging them or pressing them with the other skills you’ve learned!
Our physical environment has so much impact on how we feel.
When you look around your home, and have a clean, tidy and well-designed space, containing things you love or use, you feel calm and content.
You can find the basics of interior design here, with videos that cover aspects such as choosing a color scheme for your home, arranging living room furniture – and it’s all for free!
I also recommend going to the library and getting home decor magazines and using apps such as Houzz to identify looks you love.
When we built our house, for example, I spent hours scrolling through photos on Houzz, saving pictures that caught my eye. I had folders for each room.
When I had a decent amount of images, I looked through to see what elements the images shared.
That’s when I discovered that I have a thing for shutters.
No prize for guessing what window coverings we have in our house!
Jigsaw puzzles are another creative hobby.
When you’re working on a puzzle, it’s easy to get into that flow state. You’re concentrating on finding the elusive pieces, looking at shape, color and so on.
Doing a puzzle is a great activity to do by yourself but one that other members of the family can join in with as well.
When it comes to number of pieces, 1000 piece puzzles are a high enough number to be challenging without being overwhelming.
I recommend that you purchase a puzzle mat to do your puzzle on, in case it takes a little longer to complete than you think and your family wants their dining table back!
This is one of Amazon’s best sellers.
Like crochet, knitting is a creative hobby that has stood the test of time.
There’s no limit to what you can make once you get started with knitting, though I have to confess I haven’t got much beyond scarves and blankets.
While you can easily learn how to get started with knitting via You Tube or similar, I can totally recommend having a knitting buddy at work.
This is because you are sure to make mistakes that you have no idea how to fix.
Your handy knitting buddy will be able to sort these for you before you stab someone with the needle out of frustration.
PAPER FLOWER MAKING
Paper flowers are super cute. If you don’t believe me, check out these ones available to purchase from Etsy:
Paper flowers can be used to make bouquets, boutonnieres, and mobiles.
This workshop will teach you the basics:
Paper Flower Workshop: Basics for Blooms & Beyond
Once you’ve got all those vegetables and fruit from your garden, what are you going to do with them?
Preserve them of course!
Those of us of a certain vintage will recall their grandmother’s cupboards full of fruit from the trees. Peaches, apricots, plums… these are some of the memories of my childhood.
Just imagine your own pantry or scullery filled with fruit canned by your own hand.
Or the taste of homemade tomato relish.
You could also have a try at making your own fermented foods / drinks such as sauerkraut and kombucha!
Reading is one of life’s great pleasures.
Many women say they would love to spend more time reading.
I find setting a goal related to reading can help build the habit.
Related: How to read more books.
While I love reading fiction, non-fiction is also super important. It exposes you to new ideas and ways of thinking.
Try challenge yourself by reading a book in a genre or about a topic that you wouldn’t normally be interested in. It’s amazing what connections you can make that help you develop a greater insight into your current ways of being.
Back in the day, if you had an interest in something you had to search in an encyclopedia, or go to the local library and hunt out books.
With the internet at our fingertips, we can research anything and everything we want – so long as we have a bit of understanding regarding what makes a reputable source!
Whether you want to find out about herbal medicine or the history of griffon dogs, you can research to your heart’s content!
Upholstery is the perfect hobby for you, especially if you’ve already decided to learn more about interior design, because with some basic skills, you can craft awesome pieces for your home!
A few years ago I attended an upholstery workshop to make a footstool. It was so much fun!
Padded headboards are also reasonably easy to make with a knowledgeable and supportive teacher.
Get enough skills and you can upcycle old chairs, sofas – you name it!
Due to the amount of equipment you need, you’d be best off doing like I did and finding a workshop. Then you can see if a) you like it and b) if it is something you want to pursue further.
After that you can start to purchase some of the necessary tools.
If you’re like me, you consider an evening spent in front of the television a waste.
You want something meaningful you can do that’s for you.
This list of creative hobbies for women are beneficial for your mind, body and / or spirit. Whether it’s blogging, gardening, upholstery, or any of the ideas in between, one of them is sure to appeal!
Any ideas you’re going to try after reading this? Or any other hobbies you feel are worthy of inclusion?