Let’s be honest, social media is a great pastime, but it can be a big distraction. How many times have you found yourself 2 hours deep in the timeline, with nothing to show for it but a depleted data balance? Or maybe social media isn’t your drug of choice, perhaps you like to watch TV or listen to music. These aren’t bad, but they can’t exactly be considered hobbies, and they aren’t very constructive. So, we’ve compiled a list of 4 awesome hobbies that will ensure that you’re having a great time while doing some self-improvement.

Blogging

If you love to write, or have a hidden skill you’d like to share, blogging is a fantastic way to do it. You can start a blog about absolutely anything from cooking or baking, to fitness and scrapbooking - there are no limits. Blogging is a good way to write down your thoughts and share them with other people. It’ll also help you improve your overall grammar and command of the English language if you struggle with those Paper 3 essays. Also it’s free, apart from the data fees you may incur if you’re using your own internet, but you can work around this. 


Running

We don’t have to tell you that any kind of exercise is good for your health, but running is a great, zero-cost way to clear your head and get rid of any stress and tension you may have. It doesn’t have to be a solo hobby either, you can gather a bunch of friends from your neighbourhood and start a running club. At the end of the day, you’re stress free, healthy and better able to focus on your school work.

Learning a new language

If you’re looking for something that’ll really challenge you, then this is the perfect hobby for you. There are loads of different websites and online communities you can use to learn a local or foreign language. A lot of these are free and have audio material to assist with pronunciation, so they’re worth a try. Speaking more than one language will be a great advantage later on in life when you’re applying for work or if you’d like to study abroad.


Reading

You didn’t think we’d leave this one out, did you? In an ideal world, students and learners would turn to reading books before logging onto Twitter or watching series online. The myth that books are boring is quite played out, and if you’ve discovered an author or book you like, you know that reading can be the most captivating pastime. What’s more, you don’t have to go to great lengths or spend lots of money on books - there are quite a few community libraries all over the country. There are also numerous book genres to choose from and you can improve your writing and spelling of whatever language you like to read in. Some of the world’s most brilliant minds have attributed their success to reading lots of books, so it wouldn’t hurt you to start.

Learning a new musical instrument

Did you know that learning to play a new musical instrument can actually help better your mathematical abilities? It also helps improve your time management skills, your memory and your reading and comprehension skills. It’s a great way to boost your creativity while boosting your brain.

It’s good to have a hobby that’s fun, but it’s even better to have one that’s entertaining and beneficial to you in the long run. The world is full of interesting things that improve your overall skills and guarantee a good time - find yours and let it fill up your free time.

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