Hobbies to enhance your life!

As the community re-opens, you might be itching to get back to some of your favourite hobbies. Keeping our minds stimulated becomes increasingly important as we get older. You might start to find you have more and more time on your hands. Whilst this is not always such a bad thing, you should try to be as physically and socially active as possible, to avoid feelings of boredom and loneliness.

If you are looking for some inspiration, here is a list of hobbies which might be worth checking out, many of which are local to Brighton, Hove and Shoreham.

Sports and fitness

No matter what your fitness levels are, there are activities out there for everyone. You could try walking football, cricket or netball. The rules state that you can only walk and no running is permitted, making it fair on all participants whatever their fitness and mobility. Joining a golf or swimming club also means you will be able to go at your own pace.

Playing sports is not everyone’s cup of tea. There are other activities you could try such as hiking, walking and cycling either alone or within a group. Local gyms often run yoga and pilates classes for those who wish to socialise or do some light exercise with others. Maybe even a gentle dance or movement class to music.

Miscellaneous activities

There are various clubs which have reopened now more restrictions have been lifted. To name a few, there are bird-watching groups, astronomy societies, model building groups, bowls, pottery classes, book clubs, cooking classes, choirs, coffee mornings, knitting clubs, photography groups… the list goes on!

Don’t be afraid to try out something new. Many of these groups will have new beginners joining all the time. It might be worth searching on Facebook, Google or calling Age UK on 01903 731 800 to find some which are local to you.

To try out at home…

If you are not feeling ready to go back out into the community, there is still plenty you can do at home:

- Some libraries are still doing book drops if you want to read books or comics. 
- You could try out gardening now the weather has improved.
- Jigsaw puzzles are useful to keep busy, especially if you want something to keep coming back to.
- Socialising with friends over Zoom, Facebook and Whatsapp is a good way to keep in contact with others you haven’t seen for a long time.
- Learn something new, such as a language or instrument.

At Home Instead Brighton, Hove and Shoreham we accompany many families through the ageing journey to ensure loved ones continue living independently and maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle. We listen, respond and tailor our services to your needs. If you would like to speak to someone at Home Instead Brighton, Hove and Shoreham please don’t hesitate to get in touch - you can call Liz on 01273 284090 or email [email protected].