Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a mom who works 50 hours each week, at some point, you will need a hobby that doesn’t involve your kids, or Netflix even if it’s free. Being a mom is rewarding in so many ways, but sometimes you need something to detach you from the mom life, if only for a little while. Or, at the very least, something to help you relax after a long day or work, momming, or a combination of both. These hobbies for moms won’t all be winners for everyone, but you are bound to respond to at least one and take it from there.
In a best case scenario, your hobby can potentially turn into something that actually brings in money for your family. Maybe you discover you are amazing at crocheting and decide to open your own Etsy store. Or you take up a hobby that involves refurbishing furniture and find people who would like you to work on revamping their older pieces. But when it comes down to it, finding a hobby as a mom can help give you your own sense of identity and work your mind in a way that your career and that motherhood just doesn’t.
1. Brush Lettering
Learning something like calligraphy or brush lettering might take a little while, but it’s a hobby that can really pay off. Once you master it, you can move on to more complicated lettering art and you’ll never have to buy a greeting card again.
Not only can yoga help with fitness, but it can also be a way to fit in some relaxing meditation in your day. Depending on whether or not you go to a gym or class to get your yoga fix, it might cost a fee per month, but not all hobbies are free.
You might have to spend a little money on supplies, but luckily, cross-stitching doesn’t require a class to learn the craft. Instead, you can totally learn it from books, online tutorials, and videos on YouTube.
Another fitness hobby that anyone would do well to adopt into their schedule is boxing. If you are looking for a way to let off steam and burn calories while learning something new, then boxing could be what you’re looking for.
It might seem like an obvious hobby for some, but reading can be the easiest one to take up. You can check out books for free from your local library and escape for a few hours each day as you read a new story.
Photography isn’t an easy hobby to fake up and it could get expensive. However, it can also pay off big time. If you learn to use a proper camera and even edit your own digital photos, you can potentially take your own family pictures.
7. Video Gaming
This hobby only works if you have a preexisting interest in video games. So if that’s that case, you can get a little more serious about it and research more games to try out. It might even bring you closer to your kids. That is, if you even want to share your hobby.
8. Cake Decorating
Taking up cake decorating as a hobby is a little different than actual baking. Instead, it’s about learning to properly decorate cakes of varying sizes and styles.
9. Wood Burning
You can buy a wood burning kit to help you get started, but the biggest thing you will have to sacrifice to learn wood burning is time. The plus side is that once you learn how to do it, you can use your new hobby to make holiday and birthday gifts for your friends and family.
Crafting in general can be pretty cathartic for most people. Figure out what kinds of crafts you enjoy doing or putting together and totally immerse yourself in it. Even if Pinterest becomes your Bible, that still counts.
Whether it’s painting on canvas or on ceramics, painting as a hobby can be a lot of fun. You don’t even necessarily have to be good at it as long as you are having fun.
Spending some time doing volunteer work as a mentor or at a local shelter can be a great way to add something new to your day or weekend. Not only will you feel good after having done something admirable, but volunteering can also be a way to socialize with other moms who might be volunteering at the same time.
You could also try out your green thumb. Or, at least see if you have one. Start small with potted plants and allow yourself time to graduate to full-fledged gardening outdoors.
14. Watch Korean Dramas
Okay, so this is technically the same as watching Netflix. But in a way, it isn’t! I watch a lot of Korean drama in my spare time and even listen to K-Pop. It’s my guilty pleasure. Korean entertainment has a way of really romanticizing every aspect of life. It makes me feel nostalgic, it makes me want to be nicer, and oddly it makes me feel like I need to live a great life.
15. Learning A Musical Instrument
Taking up a musical instrument doesn’t necessarily mean you should pretend like you’re a fifth grader all over again with a clarinet and the care to go with it. But you can channel your inner rocker as you learn to play some simple chords on the guitar and move up from there.
Knitting used to be associated with older grandparent types, but in actuality, you can do a lot with knitting beyond scratchy booties and baby hats. You’d be surprised by how many people still love hand-knitted sweaters and with the right yarn, you can create some super soft blankets.
Once you have figured out how much time you have to devote to a new hobby and how much extra cash you’re willing to spend to feed into the hobby, you can get started. Maybe your hobby doesn’t cost anything at all, and it gives you all the more reason to try it out. Whatever your motivation for wanting to find a hobby as a mom, you have every right to try and find a piece of something that’s just for you.