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The green shoots of personal growth Posted On 28 February 2022

Put some bounce into spring with a new hobby

As the weather, hopefully, grows warmer and daylight gets longer there’s more chance to get outside to indulge new-found interests and put to use those rediscovered items which were bought with the prefix: “One day, I’ll…”

Technology’s relentless advance brings information and advice to your fingertips, particularly helpful if your new smartphone also has a state-of-the-art camera, which has piqued an interest in photography. There are many online tutorials and workshops to help you develop your skills before advancing to that big digital SLR camera you’ve dreamt of for years.

Similarly, art, whether it be sketching or painting with watercolours or oils. Springtime, with its rapidly-improving light and emerging plant life, is a rich source of inspiration and the internet is awash with advice on how to get started, selecting your subjects and brushing up your techniques to get the best results.

Painting, particularly capturing landscapes, might just encourage a feeling of well-being, of being at one with nature. In which case, a logical step forward would be to try Tai Chi, the traditional Chinese martial art with its sequences of slow, controlled movements which reduce stress, improve mood and sleep, and promote weight loss … just the thing to shed those Christmas pounds in anticipation of Easter chocolate.

Again, there are many lessons online, but for the best grounding, join one of the many classes at sports centres, gyms or village halls so a qualified instructor can help you get the principles right before you go solo. Could there be anything more invigorating than callisthenics in the back garden in the early-morning sunshine?

 

So, with the lighter evenings, and warmer weather, what better way to blow off the cobwebs of winter with some new hobbies. Let us know any hobbies you are planning to try this Spring, and inspire someone else.

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