Every modern man can agree that the daily grind is tough. For many of us, work eats up a lot more time than it should. We find ourselves answering emails from bed and working on big assignments over the weekend. Though it might seem like the only way to reach and maintain success is inundating yourself in professional responsibility, that is no way to live. You need to set aside some time for yourself with a hobby. And no, bar crawls aren’t considered a hobby. A true hobby is a skill that you learn or activity that you take part in during your free time. More than just a distraction from your inbox, it’s a way for you to experience personal enjoyment and connect with yourself, even if it’s just for an hour a week. If you’re unsure of where to start, these five hobbies should be tried at least once in your lifetime.
Camping calls to mind your skill set from your days as a Boy Scout. Every aspect of the experience requires special knowledge and talent. Everything from setting up your tent to preparing your food over an open flame to hiking trails is reliant on your skills. It’s a rustic, relaxing getaway that keeps you active and helps you disconnect from the fast pace of everyday life. It’s an active vacation that requires you to be a present participant-less focused on your Snapchat story and more on the experience.
Firing up the grill is a time-honored tradition that benefits not only you but everyone around you. Unlike cooking in the kitchen,barbecuing requires patience and true skill to achieve the perfect level of doneness. The smokyflavor of the food is unlike anything you can make on a stovetop. And the more time you dedicate to it, the better your food will taste. From grilled meats to veggie skewers, there’s really no limit to what you can smoke on the old grill. That’s a win-win situation for everyone.
There’s no greater feeling than giving back. And what better way to unplug from your daily grind than to plug into someone else’s. Charity work is a way for you to dedicate some free time to a selfless cause. Whether you’re delivering food to the elderly, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or teaching job preparedness skills to high school students, you’re making a difference in someone else’s life. The payoff is the smile on their faces or the implications on their future success. Donating a Saturday afternoon to charity is a meaningful way to support the community around you while simultaneously feeding your soul.
When it comes to the world of food and beverage, the biggest trend is all about small batch quantities, ethical production, and compelling backstories. If you start making your own products at home, you’ll hit all three of these points. Brewing your own beer at home is about learning a craft, and once you master the skill, you can reap the rewards with a cold one. You can even make your own bitters or spend time learning mixology. Brands like Hella Bitters offer DIY kits to make your own bitters at home. Or you can start out by perfecting classic cocktails with the Old Fashioned Kit.
Like all the activities listed here, meditation allows you to disconnect from work and technology. But unlike the others, you’re learning to be at peace with yourself. Through a series of breathing techniques and mantras, you can get closer to your inner self by slowing down. Meditation isn’t so much about stopping your thoughts as it is about letting them flow freely without distracting you. If you’re looking for a hobby that allows you to focus more and see your life clearly, look no further.
While there are hundreds of hobbies you can dabble in, these five offer a mix of skills that play on both masculine and spiritual themes that ease the stress of day-to-day life.