Well, first and foremost– you need to make sure you enjoy your hobby, and that it fulfils some part of you. You do not want to have a hobby that you time watch while doing, want to put off before you do, and regret the time spent afterwards.
Remember, if your hobby requires equipment (such as art supplies, or gardening equipment), don’t go all out just yet. Get just enough that you need to get started, and then buy tools as you need them.
Then, GET STARTED! You’re not going to be professional overnight, and this is FUN! Feel free to scrap artworks that aren’t sparking joy, or getting rid of that cutting in the corner that just… isn’t… taking (better yet, any and all ailing plant life can come to Studio Director, Shirley!).
You’ll figure out pretty quickly whether this is the hobby for you. If you don’t like it, don’t waste your time on it. Fun is the most important part of this kind of self care.
The next part is to do a bit of research on your hobby! See if there are any little tips of tricks that you might need, or get advice from someone you know. There’s plenty of free resources on the internet.
Schedule some time in for your hobby! Don’t feel guilty about it either- this is CARE for YOU time! Scheduling time also allows you to form a habit of going to your hobby as a way to unwind.
Keep going! If you’re like Shirley- read her story below! – sometimes you need to persevere a little in your hobby to get some results.
Nice work! Now, you have a hobby!