Winter Hobbies that Promote Work-Life Balance

At the end of a long work day, it’s easy to throw on Netflix and zone out until it’s time to go to bed. And some nights that’s exactly what we need.

But what can you do when you’re looking to feel more engaged and connected to your community?

Many of us turned to hobbies at the onset of the pandemic, and three years later, they’re still helping people find joy and connection in their lives.

Here are some hobbies and activities to try in the new year if you’re looking to find some balance in your day-to-day life, take a break from screens, connect with your community, and pick up some new skills along the way.

Get Crafty

Knitting and Crochet: Textile crafts have made a comeback. Whether you’re scrolling on #crochettok or looking for something to keep your hands busy while watching your favourite show, knitting and crochet are hobbies that have stood the test of time. Plus, textile goods make fabulous gifts for friends and family! And with tons of online tutorials, you won’t be left to learn on your own. Check out this guide for knitting and this video series for crocheting.

Embroidery: Not just for the Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey. Embroidery is a great craft to keep your hands busy while helping you feel fancy and sophisticated. You’ll learn how to make a variety of knots and patterns with thread to create beautiful art pieces or embellish textiles you already have like clothes and linens. There are a ton of free resources online, like this YouTube video, to help you get started!

Painting: To quote the iconic Bob Ross, “I think there’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us.” Get your easel ready and channel your inner artist! Painting is a great activity to cultivate mindfulness, stretch your creative muscles and disconnect from screens. And while you’re painting, be sure to remember, “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” Get inspired and find tutorials on the Bob Ross YouTube Channel!

Get Physical (and then nourish!)

Exercise: Finding joy through movement is a great way to boost energy levels and reconnect with yourself outside of work. And the best thing about it, is you can choose what works for you, from learning a new skill like yoga or pilates to taking a good old-fashioned stroll outdoors after work. You’ll feel refreshed and recharged!

Baking: A win-win hobby—baking is a great practice in mindfulness AND you get to eat or share something delicious when you’re done! Win-win. With thousands of free recipes online, it’s easy to get started. From breads and rolls to cakes and cookies, try something new every week and watch your skills grow. Looking to go even further? Explore the science behind baking.

Virtual Cooking Class: With a wide variety of class choices, you and your friends are bound to have a great time learning how to make new and unique recipes such as bubble tea, matcha, spring rolls and more! They also offer holiday-themed events, arts and crafts, and learning and development sessions. Offsite Price: $25

Get Connected

Host a virtual movie night: Get together with some friends and have an online movie night! Movies Anywhere offers all new releases and has all the classics. Pick a movie, share your room code, and then once all of your guests have arrived, sit back, relax and enjoy the movie! Movies Anywhere Price $4.99+

Live out your trivia dreams with a virtual game show: Grab a group and get ready for game night with a live host! Whether you’re looking for a new way to stay connected with friends who live elsewhere, or just looking for a fun game night, check out the family, adult, or kid-friendly experiences for a night to remember. Make sure to book in advance! Virtual Games Show Room Price: $20

Channel your competitive spirit with a JackBox Game night: If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your family nights or parties with friends, try JackBox Games. With a wide range of options to choose from, these games are bound to take you back to some fun childhood games you may have forgotten about. JackBox Price $18+