It’s not always about being a mum, there are times when you need a little something for yourself just to keep your sanity and you SHOULD take advantage of any free time you might have (ha! What is free time you say?!?) BUT if you look hard enough, you may be able to find a bit of time to engage in hobbies that bring personal satisfaction and acclaim from family and friends.
The Internet has brought new opportunities to learn skills from experts, with YouTube offering online learning of a number of different activities.
Here are just a few of the hobbies for moms from the YouTube channel that can provide interesting challenges from the comfort of your own home:
1 – Knitting
Knitting is a very ancient craft of using yarn to create a wide range of practical items for everyday use, including scarves, jumpers, afghans, hats and a host of other things. The repetition of moving the needles and the structured pattern of the stitches provides a sense of calm and relaxation. A number of instructional videos on knitting are available for both beginners and those who are more advanced.
2 – Painting
Spending more time at home means you can take up an online hobby you may have always wanted to do, like painting. YouTube offers a number of free courses in the art of painting, using a variety of materials, such as oils, acrylics, watercolour and gouache.
3 – Yoga
Yoga is recognised as a useful practice for increasing muscle strength and flexibility. In addition, the patterned breathing and focus of yoga can help to relieve stress and increase mindfulness in daily life. YouTube offers a number of classes in basic yoga positions, called “asanas” that can help you improve your physical and emotional health.
4 – Playing Guitar
If you have a guitar handy, you can find guitar lessons on YouTube that will help to play basic chords and work on strumming techniques. Almost everyone can learn a few simple chords to play along with their favourite song. This skill can also be used for getting baby to sleep and helping wound-up pre-schoolers calm down for sleeping after a busy day.
5 – Calligraphy
Calligraphy can be used for invitations, greeting cards, graphic design projects and whenever you want to add artistry to a textual message. You can learn the techniques on YouTube in an organised, structured method so you can begin to use it in your everyday life.
6 – Beading
Beading will allow you to produce beautiful beaded jewellery inexpensively for yourself and for gifts. YouTube offers structured learning sessions in basic beadwork that increases in complexity, so you can expand your ability as you become more comfortable with the materials.
7 – Juggling
This ancient skill has been used to delight and amaze youngsters for thousands of years. Before long, children will be asking to learn how to juggle, too. YouTube offers clear instructions in graduated steps so that you can master this ancient tradition.
These are just a few of the many activities to be found on YouTube. If you have a special interest or are just curious about what is available, do a search on the channel, and you will find a wealth of new opportunities for learning new skills.
Have you ever learnt a skill from YouTube? Please share in the comments below.
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