We all have moments in life when we can feel lonely and this is a completely normal way to feel, especially when going through a divorce. Rest assured our Family team understand how you may be feeling and care about your personal progress through this challenging time. In this article the Family team will be diving into the world of solo hobbies, so you can begin to find a whole new purpose that fits in with your life – life after divorce.
It can seem daunting venturing out on your own and finding activities, you and only you enjoy, but discovering new solo hobbies is great way to really get to know yourself and can even have physical and mental health benefits.
Below we have put together a list of five activities you may want to try out and explore further. We have some brilliant options to keep your body moving or to unleash your creative side. So grab that calendar, take some inspiration and start booking in some real ‘me time’!
If you can walk, then put some trainers on, head into the countryside and call it a hike. In Devon and Cornwall, there are hiking trails all around the coastline as well as across Exmoor and Dartmoor. This hobby is free, low maintenance and good for your mind and body. So what are you waiting for? Tie up those shoelaces, let the sun shine on your face, the breeze to flow through your hair and take in the beautiful views around you. While you are at it, why not pop on your favourite podcast or try out some of our team’s top picks:
- 13 Minutes to the Moon on BBC Sounds
- British Scandal on Apple podcasts
- The Coming Storm on BBC Sounds
Pottery is a fun and creative way to release stress and meet new people, although it may sound like an activity for professional artists, beginners’ workshops at local studios are a great way of getting your hands dirty and trying something new. Using a wheel is an exciting way to get messy and release your inner child, giving you that automatic endorphin release. The best part is, when all the fun has been had, you get to take your creation home and display proudly on the mantel piece.
Studios such as Vessel ceramics in Dartmoor not only offer workshops and masterclasses but you can also grab yourself a membership to enjoy regular use of their facilities.
In our busy lives where there is always a distraction or something ‘better to do’ reading can often be placed lower on the priority list, but by taking 1 hour, 30 minutes, or even just 10 to sit silently with ourselves can really boost our mood and relieve anxiety. If you would like to step out of the comfort of your own home, why not join a book club? This is again a great way to meet new people, enjoy new genres and prioritise losing yourself into a whole new world.
If you are reading at home however, and stuck with what to read? Our team have selected their favourites for you to enjoy:
- Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
- The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
- The Street Lawyer and The Last Juror by John Grisham
- Game of Thrones Series by George R R Marin
Exercise class online or locally
Exercise classes are a great way to keep not only your body healthy but also your mind, and the best part is there are so many options available. A simple Google search will list many exercise classes in your area, from yoga, circuit training or running groups. It’s a great way of trying something new while meeting people with similar interests. Alternatively, there are countless classes online for you to try, from tailored programmes to free videos on YouTube.
Couch to 5k is a programme set up by the NHS with the aim of getting you running a 5k in just 9 weeks. Having a goal like this will keep you feeling motivated and give you that great feeling of self-belief. You can find out more by clicking here.
Arguably there is no better feeling than giving back. Signing up for volunteering is a great way to keep you busy while making a real difference in the community. Not only are you making a positive change in other people’s lives but you can also meet a great bunch of people and experience new things. There are many ways in which you can volunteer, from helping out at charity events to simply chatting to an elderly person in your area. Whatever it is you’re passionate about, try looking online for groups looking for volunteers and start your journey into the world of giving back.
Below are some volunteering sites to get you started:
So there we have it, five activities you can enjoy all by yourself. We hope this has helped find ways in which you can start to explore some real personal interests, while gaining the courage to just get up and start prioritising ‘you’.