Hobbies aren’t just a great way to pass the time. There are some fantastic health benefits we can all enjoy from taking up a new hobby. There’s also the social aspect of taking up a new pastime. Participating in a new hobby with others is a great way to socialise, get in touch with the local community, and make new friends with similar interests.

Taking up a new hobby is also a fantastic way to learn new skills and keep your mind active. Hobbies like painting and photography are fantastic platforms for creativity and self-expression. By trying something new, you can learn a lot about yourself in the process.

Today I’m sharing with you five hobbies that I’ve seen many residents enjoy during their time at Evergreen Retirement Village.

Visit the Evergreen website and discover what exciting hobbies you can enjoy at Evergreen Retirement Village.

1. Learning a musical instrument

Pick up a new instrument, and you’ll find a great way to help keep yourself both physically and mentally agile. Even if you’ve never played an instrument before, it’s not too late to start! Musical instruments like the keyboard are easy to begin with and don’t require you to read sheet music.

An acoustic guitar is also a fantastic option thanks to how easy it is to lug around. Acoustic nylon string guitars are lightweight and don’t require any power source to play. So you can always take your guitar outside to a local park or your backyard for a relaxed rehearsal session.

Practice enough in your own time, and it may give you the confidence to finally beat those stage jitters you’ve had for years. Try performing in front of your family and friends, and it just might give you the self belief to try even more hobbies.

Taking up an instrument is also a great hobby to start with friends. Share your favourite songs and playing techniques with your friends, and you might have the makings of a great local cover band.

2. Model building

Miniature models come in many forms these days. You can find models of vehicles, famous buildings, or even historical events. Some models require you to assemble hundreds of pieces with glue before finishing them off with paint. Other models simply snap together with parts marked with numbers and letters.

Building models is a great hobby you can enjoy over an extended period of time. Putting together a miniature model is a labour of love. While it may take months to complete, models are a great reminder of what you can achieve with patience and dedication.

If you consider yourself a novice when it comes to model building, you can always start with the basics. Lego model sets are easy to assemble and take apart when you’re done with them. Building blocks like Lego bricks are also fantastic for creating models of your own design.

You don’t always have to follow instructions to make something amazing. Sometimes your imagination is all you need to steer you in the right direction. So whenever inspiration strikes, head down to your local hobby shop, buy a bucket of bricks and start building.

3. Book clubs

Ever struggled to find motivation for reading a book? With so many genres and titles to choose from, it can be hard to know when to start. Join a book club with some like-minded individuals, and you’ll get plenty of book recommendations.

Book clubs generally meet once a month. Meeting once a month gives club members enough time to get through at least one book to talk about in the next meetup. If you’re really passionate about books, you’ll most likely enjoy the opportunity to discuss them in detail with your book club.

You may find it fascinating to listen to other people’s views and opinions on characters, plots, and themes. Not everyone sees things the same way as you. It’s these different views and opinions that set the scene for exciting debates and discussions about your favourite stories.

4. Painting and sketching

No matter what your skills are like with a paintbrush, painting can be a great activity for self-expression. Set yourself up with an easel, paints, and a canvas. Then let your imagination take over. Experiment with new colours, brushes, and environments. You never know what will spark your imagination until you sit down in front of a blank canvas and start brushing.

When you struggle to find motivation, there’s always classes and workshops you can attend. Join a class, and you’ll usually be given a theme or subject matter to draw inspiration from. With the watchful eye of an art teacher, you can learn about the principles of colour and perspective and apply them to your next work of art.

Sketching and portrait classes are also great outlets for self-expression. While everyone in the class has one object or life model to sketch, you’ll be amazed at how different everyone’s sketches will look. It’s a testament to how differently everyone sees the world around them. Not everyone sees things the same way.

Sketching is another one of those great hobbies you can do anywhere. All you really need is a pad of paper, pencil, and eraser to get started. Head over to a local park, and you’ll find plenty of great things to sketch.

Learn more about the Evergreen Retirement Village clubhouse and library—where locals enjoy their favourite pastimes. Read more about it on the Evergreen community page.

5. Board games

Playing board games is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and neighbours. Organise a weekly board games night at your place, and everyone can revel in the thrill of competition.

Trivia board games like Trivial Pursuit are a fantastic opportunity to show off your general knowledge and test your long-term memory. It’s also a great motivator for studying knowledge areas like geography and science that you may not have given a go since you were in school.

Playing board games like Monopoly is a great way to pass the time. They can take several hours to complete and there’s no harm in finishing them off over the period of a few days. While the rules state you can have up to eight players, there’s nothing stopping you from playing in a team with your partner. Organise a couples night at your place and start a new board game rivalry with your friends.

Kind regards,

Annie Warner

Village Manager