Indoors

Interests – indoors activities

When I interviewed my Dad as part of the Words of Wisdom initiative, one of his tips was to have a mix of indoor and outdoor interests, partly for variety but also to make the most of the weather all year around. This is as applicable in summer as it is in winter.

There is obviously an infinite amount of interests that I could cover here, but I’m going to keep this simple and focus on some activities than can be done at home & alone, although not necessarily restricted to this. First, I’m going to look at various reasons for having interests, before looking at some different types of activities. Finally, I’ll give some suggestions on what to do if you want to try something new.

 

Reasons for having interests

Why do we do anything?

When we’re talking about interests I’m inferring that there’s an element of choice here, and maybe even some pleasure involved, but maybe this isn’t necessarily true. There are some things that I do that aren’t exactly pleasurable, but I engage in them either because I know they benefit me or others, or they’re something that I’ve committed to. However, let us assume that there is an element of choice here. We may engage in interests or activities for reasons of enjoyment, stimulation, relaxation, usefulness, productivity, creativity, for self-improvement, or simply to pass the time.

  • Enjoyment – the state or process of taking pleasure in something
  • Stimulation – encouragement of something to make it develop or become more active
  • Relaxation – recreation or rest, especially after a period of work or stress
  • Usefulness – the quality or fact of being useful
  • Productivity – the state or quality of being productive
  • Creativity – the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness
  • Self-improvement – improving one’s knowledge, status, or character by one’s own efforts
  • Passion – an intense desire or enthusiasm for something

You may, of course, have other reasons to engage in certain interests and I’d love to hear about them if you do.

 

Types of activities

There are many different types of activities, but in this article, I’m going to focus on one of the drivers above and some interests that may stem from it: creativity.

Creativity

There are various benefits of engaging in creative activities including:

  • Freedom: It gives us permission to take risks, try new things, and strip away inhibitions in a healthy way.
  • Self-awareness and Expression: When we take the time and energy to develop our own ideas, we learn to understand, trust and respect our inner self, in turn enabling us to better express ourselves.
  • Faith and confidence in our instincts: When we create, we may start to value our work, even if it is not published, displayed or presented to the public.
  • Stress Relief: Creativity is fun, and doing anything that brings joy reduces our stress levels and improves our quality of life.
  • Problem solving: When we make creativity a habit, we continue to learn new, resourceful ways of solving problems in our artwork, and in life.

The charity Voluntary Arts believes in the power of creative participation: to transform the lives of individuals, build communities and have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of all people.

Different types of creativity

There are many ways in which we can stimulate our creative juices; from creating something from scratch to using a kit; from being innovative to following instructions or a recipe.

‘Soft’ creativity – crochet, knitting, soft furnishings, interior design, clothes design etc.

‘Hard’ creativity – DIY, furniture design and making, wood work etc.

Art – painting, drawing, sculpting, photography etc.

Crafts – card making, mosaics, scrap-booking etc.

Writing – stories, memoirs, poetry, songs, music, calligraphy etc.

Music – following music or composing, singing or playing an instrument,

Cooking – all manner of imaginative cooking, baking, cake decoration etc.

I long believed that I lacked creativity (undoubtedly stemming from my school days), but I’ve become more appreciative of what constitutes creativity as I’ve got older. I love nothing better than concocting something in my kitchen, either following a recipe or going ‘off piste’ using the ingredients at hand. Tasting the results can be very satisfying and are even better when shared.

I’m also finding writing these blog articles to be an enjoyable creative challenge, although one that’s still not quite as natural as I’d like.

This article looks at 5 ways to get your creative juices flowing, so I may try some of these ideas next time I feel wanting.

Try something new

We may have engaged in some of our interests for a long time, while others we may have picked up somewhere along the way. The good thing is it’s never too late to take up something new, and this article sums this up nicely.

“Applying ourselves to new skills can be enriching at any age. It also affords the opportunity to discover things to become passionate about.….. Admittedly, as we get older, we might not pick new things up quite as quickly as we did in our youth – nature designs our brains to enable us to learn new things when we are very young. But while older people might lack in what psychologists describe as “mechanical brain power” we more than make up for that deficiency with our higher motivation levels and superior judgment skills. In other words, when the going gets tough, we are less likely to give up.”

There is so much information around these days, via books, the internet, and undoubtedly someone else that can help you, whether physically present or available online.

This article has some advice on how to find a hobby as an adult and here is a list of 50 low cost hobbies.

I also refer back to my earlier article on Mindset: whether we have more of a fixed or growth mindset can play a significant influence on whether we may be willing to try something new.

 

Wrap-up

While I love the outdoors, I appreciate spending some of my time indoors throughout the year. My favourite indoor activities include cooking, reading and writing.

  • Cooking – I love cooking wholesome food for my family. I cook a mixture of trusted favourites and new recipes to keep things interesting
  • Reading – I love reading for pleasure as well as self-improvement, mainly at bedtime or while travelling
  • Writing Age Life Balance – this is something new over the last year. It’s the only creative writing I’ve done since school, & I’m enjoying the process as well as learning a lot on the way

What are your favourite indoor interests?

 

Thank you for reading. For more interesting articles, visit my blog at www.agelifebalance.com to learn more.