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Did you know that having and participating in hobbies can be healthy for you? Hobbies are fun on their own, but they have lots of other benefits too. Hobbies can offer a way to keep both your mind and hands busy and having hobbies to do can make managing anxiety or depression a bit easier. When you decide to pick up a hobby, there comes a question: Which hobby should I pick up? In this blog post, we’ve put together some ideas for hobbies that you could pick up.

Colouring Books: Despite what may come to your mind, colouring books are not just for children; they can be enjoyable for people of all ages. There are adult colouring books available, and there is such a wide variety you’ll be sure to find something you like. There are large and intricate colouring books, and there are smaller ones as well. If you’re worried about not being able to participate in this activity because of impaired vision, you’ll be excited to know that there are large-print colouring books available too. All you need for this activity is some crayons, some colour pencils, and a colouring book, and the rest is up to you and your creativity.

This link takes you to Indigo and all their options for colouring books, and they can even deliver them to your home: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/colouring-books/.

Scrapbooking: This hobby can be a great way to save and share photos and memories. You can start this hobby by purchasing a scrapbook, or you can try to make your own. You can start putting photos in the book in any way you like. You may want to choose to theme your book (for example, baby photos, wedding photos or pet photos), or you could put them all in randomly and change where there are until you’re satisfied. While collecting photos and determining where they will go, you can take the time to decorate the scrapbook itself. This can be done with themed stickers, adhesive rhinestones of all kinds of different colours, or lettering stickers.

This link has additional ideas, with thorough instructions to help guide you through your scrapbooking: https://lifeprintphotos.com/blogs/the-scrapbook/15-creative-scrabook-ideas.

Making a Memory Quilt:

If you have a variety of old materials around your home, such as baby blankets, wedding dresses or old clothes, you could make a memory quilt (or pillow) to keep all those memories connected. This is a great way to get your creativity flowing and a way to revisit old memories. Whether you’ve never sewn before or are highly experienced, learning to make a memory quilt and doing so is a great way to spend your free time.

This linked guide will walk you through the materials needed and goes through step-by-step instructions on how to make your memory quilt (or pillow): https://suzyquilts.com/make-a-memory-quilt/

These are just a few of the hobbies you can pick up in your free time, but there are many more. If there is a hobby or activity that you or a loved one wish to participate in but are unsure how to start, call us at (705)-725-1600, and we’ll consult with you on how to move forward.