By Rachel Lucas

Cliché though the saying may be, keeping active is essential to a healthy body and healthy mind. Whether you like to indulge in an old hobby or start a new one, it is vital to find something to do.

Learn a language

Learning a new language improves memory, critical thinking, concentration and listening skills. If that wasn’t enough, being multilingual helps to advance your career. Knowing a second language can give you a substantial advantage- regardless of sector or skill level. Whatever your career aspiration – with language skills, you’re ahead of the crowd!

Those who are bilingual, have made their fair share of mistakes – often in front of an audience. It’s an inevitable part of the learning process! Learning a language means moving out of your comfort zone. Although, when you speak with someone in their native tongue, you’ll see why it’s worth it.

Online resources like Duolingo are super easy and free to use! If you prefer a human touch, message a friend, and learn from them. You may even want to learn together.

Meditate

Meditation is a great way to destress while still engaging your brain. Though a common form of meditation is mindfulness, you may be more active or not want to sit still for so long. There’s no need to worry as there are many types of ways to meditate. Colouring is an effective form. Through repetitive strokes, many calm down and begin to focus on what they are doing only. This method can be an easy way to quiet the mind. If you are considering using this form of meditation, you can easily find virtual and printable mandalas online to use. I recommend sources like www.coloringcrew.com

Painting rocks!

Trails are appearing all over the country decorated with painted rocks. This appearance isn’t any mistake. Families all around the UK are painting rocks, and it’s easy to see why. Painting rocks is an easy way to be creative and feel part of a community. Grab some paint and stones and get creative! Once you have completed them, add them to a path or create your own trail with your neighbours! Easy, cheap and safe way to interact and have fun at all ages. (Besides, if you make a mistake, you can wipe it off!)

Scrapbooking

If you have photos and cut-outs or memories hidden away in boxes, why not get creative and create a piece to be proud of? Making a scrapbook is rewarding. Not only can you show off your skills to your friends, but you will be creating an item that you can pass down and around your family. Activities like these are a simple way to gain new hobbies and have something to hold in your hand at the end of it. Some basics to start scrapbooking is some paper, pens, glue, and scissors. Of course, you can add anything else though, glitter and stickers are my go-to! For inspiration, look at some Pinterest boards and get scrapbooking!

Upcycling

Upcycling is a great way to get into DIY. You can turn old water bottles into plant pots and even turn old clothes into rugs and tote bags! This hobby is a great way to stay active for our eco-friendly readers. Upcycling is also a great way to save money! Instead of buying new pencil holders, why not decorate an old jam jar or tin? The benefits of crafts are endless; a few are better hand-eye coordination, improved mood, and new skills. No matter your age or situation, no one among us cannot benefit from upcycling and reusing.