If someone were to ask you “What sort of things do you like to do,” what would your answer be? Would you confidently rattle off a list of activities you enjoy? Or would you say something like “I used to read, but then I had kids,” or “I like to crochet, but I’m too busy to do it these days”? As moms, we tend to give our all to our children, and generally, we’re happy to do so. But I’m here to tell you today that it’s not healthy – and like a plant needs fertilizer, you, Mom, need something to keep your mind active that isn’t centered around your kids. You need a hobby. So today, we’re talking about hobbies for moms.
Hobbies for Moms
Two years ago, I was working as a law enforcement officer, single, and free to pursue my own interests. Spend my day off reading a book? No problem. Practicing the violin at 3 a.m.? Sure. Sudden urge to paint something? Okay. Then I went on a date with a guy. He was funny, he was smart – and he had a five-year-old son. Within three weeks, we were engaged – eight months later, a month before our wedding, I found out I was pregnant. In the span of sixteen months, I’d gone from being a single woman to being responsible for two children.
I quit my job to stay at home. After several months of the same routine – watching random TV shows on my iPad while the baby nursed, cleaning the house as I could, never taking time for myself – I realized that I’d had the same book sitting on my nightstand for the past four months. Pre-kids me would have probably read it in about two days.
In that moment, I missed my old self. And I realized I needed to do something – change something – get back that person I had been. I found myself looking up “hobbies for moms” and trying to figure out what I could do.
Seven Reasons Hobbies Are Important For Moms
Hobbies have a lot of mental benefits, and those can translate into physical benefits as well. When you take time to pursue something that interests you – whatever that may be – you’re giving yourself a chance to relax. You’re letting your brain know that it’s okay not to always be “on” (as much as you can when you’re always listening for a sign that something is not right with your kiddos!). Relaxing is going to have benefits for your blood pressure and your endocrine system.
Hobbies can give you a chance to get out of the house – and moms know, that’s always important! You might meet up with a group to go walking. Stop by a craft store to pick up some items when you run to get groceries. Meet up with some friends to have a board game night. Let your hobbies move you – literally.
Hobbies can enhance your creativity. Enhancing your creativity will help you think outside the box. You’ll learn to see things in a new perspective. This can translate to having more and better ideas about how to run your home.
Hobbies can be practical. Maybe you’ve always wanted to bake, or learn to play an instrument. It could be something that you can do that will have a direct benefit on your whole family.
Hobbies will help you structure your time better. Much like a goldfish will grow to accommodate the size of the tank its in, you will fill your time with whatever’s on your to-do list. By scheduling time in to relax and pursue a hobby, you will find that you’re more productive throughout the rest of the day.
Hobbies build confidence. We’re always trying to promote confidence in our kids, but who’s promoting it in us? There’s a sense of satisfaction that comes from learning to do something well. Maybe that’s producing the perfect pie crust, or learning to smoothly transition between colors in a yarn project, or get the perfect cat eye. Figuring something out is good for your confidence, and kids need their mom to be confident – they’ll pick up on that.
Hobbies can bring in side income. Maybe you start making soap as a hobby and decide to start an Etsy shop. You can check out local flea markets for items you can flip online. Learn about investing and start playing the stock market. Hobbies have the potential to bring in some income!
Hobbies remind you of your identity. Remember that person you were before you were a mom? She’s still there. Let the hobbies you pursue remind you of that fact, frequently – because that person, the you that isn’t “mom,” needs to come out more.
Hobby Ideas For Moms
It’s all well and good saying that you should have a hobby, but what can you do? Let’s cover a few ideas for hobbies for moms.
Photography. You don’t need to get fancy – just learn how to use your phone’s camera better. There are all sorts of free tutorials out there to tell you how to take great photos with your phone! This is an awesome hobby for moms because of course, you want to capture those precious memories and moments with your children.
Scrapbooking. Not only does this promote creativity, it can help keep track of all those memories. Scrapbooking doesn’t need to be complicated – there are kits out there that use cards, so all you have to do is slide cards into a slot on the page. A page can be completed in under five minutes.
Baking. Find a recipe that looks delicious and try it. Many recipes can be made with basic ingredients, and you have to go to the grocery store anyway (because when do you not, right?). Try making cupcakes or bread. I recently made Indian naan bread, and not only was it surprisingly easy, it’s delicious! We used it to make individual pizzas for dinner, along with sopping up the remnants of a curry.
Coloring. In case you missed it, adult coloring books are a thing now. Set your kids down with their coloring books and crayons, and join them with yours.
Geocaching. If you haven’t heard of geocaching, this is like a treasure hunt. You use an app on your phone to locate a container. There are caches located all over the world. It’s a great one to do with your kids – they love the idea of a treasure hunt!
Gardening. Whether you do a raised bed or put some plants in containers, gardening can be an awesome activity with benefits for the whole family. You can put some fresh herbs in pots in your kitchen, a tomato plant in a pot on your deck, or grow all the ingredients for your own salsa or ratatouille.
Reading. Instead of mindlessly scrolling social media or crushing candy, use the Kindle app on your phone, or see if your library offers a free e-reader service like Overdrive or Hoopla.
Learn something new. Apps like DuoLingo or Drops make it easy to learn new languages a couple words at a time. You could also look into lessons for an instrument you’d like to learn to play. Basic guitar chords can be relatively easy to pick up. There are tutorials for almost everything on YouTube.
Finding The Time For Hobbies
Maybe you’re scoffing right now. “I’m too busy for hobbies. I have a million other things to do. When am I supposed to do this anyway?”
I urge you, take fifteen minutes during the day to pursue a hobby. Maybe during naptime. You can read an ebook and nurse a baby. You can settle your toddler down with some toys. Put up baby gates to contain your child. Set a timer and enjoy yourself for fifteen minutes. That’s all.
I have an incredibly clingy little daughter but even I can find those increments of time. I promise, they’re there.
Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you have to put your own interests aside. Remember who you were before you have kids – it’s important because you’re still that person. Motherhood is not martyrdom – you don’t have to sacrifice all your interests.