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Self-improvement week: take up a new hobby!
Self-improvement week: take up a new hobby!

Let the end of the year be a start of the new you! Without sounding too cheesy though, we think it is a perfect time to take on a new hobby. Let your mind drift away from all the depressing Covid19 related news and boost your mental health by…creating! Participating in creative hobbies has so many benefits for your health and well-being and with a myriad of resources available online, all you need is a little bit of inspiration.

Here are 6 best creative hobbies to try in the 2020

Letter writing

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For those born in the 80s and before, letter writing is just a forgotten art, as opposed to younger generations who bypassed the paper stage altogether in favour of the electronic mail. We decided to take up letter writing since it became clear we no longer can write! How many times were you stuck at Tesco’s, trying to decipher your own handwritten shopping list? It’s been well too many times in our case. A decision has been made: it’s time to revive the old art of writing on paper. There are many benefits of writing a letter. It engages your brain (there is no spellcheck!). It makes you slow down and encourages you to organize your thoughts; a letter is not to deliver quick news, it’s a story you decide to share with your friends and loved ones. And most of all, a letter is personal… and we all need more personal touch in our life.

Cross Stitch


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You don’t need to be 80 to start cross stitching! Cross stitch has become very popular over the last few years on Instagram. It’s a very soothing creative hobby that doesn’t require any expensive equipment. Use the cross stitch to make any design you want. There are thousands of cross stitch patterns online, but once you learn the basic technique, you can experiment with your own unique designs. And you still have time before Christmas! Cross stitch personalized messages for you family and loved ones and we guarantee there will be no dry eye left.

DIY at home!

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If, like us, you follow with absolute amazement all those friends who built almost an entire home extension during the quarantine… get a power drill! I am sure we all pinned at least 50 different Things made out of pallets. We think it’s finally time to make that lovely herb garden we all wanted to have! A word of warning; once you start you might get hooked! Find a good supplier of pallets and make your own garden furniture!

Origami

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The classic Japanese art of paper folding has many avid followers and we decided to join as well. When the world is rushing around us, we sit patiently and try folding the colourful paper to create a crane (well, we’re just starting!). There is something very soothing in the origami creation! Even though you might use a few swear words half way through when trying to bend a piece of paper the size of a toothpick! However, the end result is exquisite! There are thousands of different designs to learn, and practicing helps with hand-eye coordination.

Pickling

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Make your own probiotics and become a home fermenter! It’s very easy to start and once you relax on the sofa with a jar of pickled cauliflower that came from your own kitchen, you might as well hear your gut thanking you. We all know that our gut is our brain, hence we should feed our intestinal bacteria since they play a crucial role in maintaining immune and metabolic homeostasis and protecting against pathogens. By taking on pickling you will not only start a new edgy hobby but also help to boost your immune system.

Learn a new language!

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It doesn’t need to be Russian of course…although, we highly recommend it since one day you WILL travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway! I am very lucky to have bilingual kids; it’s absolutely amazing to watch how their brain operates on a daily basis. We don’t expect you to become bilingual of course; what we do know is that learning a new language does wonders for your brain! It improves people's thinking skills and memory abilities. Because the language centres in the brain are so flexible, learning a second language can develop new areas of your mind and strengthen your brain's natural ability to focus. It will inevitably lead to something good: learning a new language can open up to countless new job opportunities! Some people do Sudoku, or try solving the Rubik’s cube for that daily brain training; I’ve taken up Norwegian and I am proud to say Jeg elsker å snakke norsk!

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