“Make a habit of trying new things.”
Do you have a hobby? If not that’s ok. That just means you either haven’t found anything to grab your interests or are open to new activities. Everyone ought to have a hobby. They are essential to a well-rounded lifestyle. You are more than work and hustling every day to stay afloat. You are more than the pressures of this world. You are a unique individual and your hobby should reflect that.
Hobbies are just for you. While the different aspects of our life pull us in a myriad of directions, hobbies are for personal delight. They are about you! Combating boredom, creating challenges, making spaces for enjoyment, promoting wellness and other numerous positives. Avoid listlessness and start adding value, curiosity, and novelty to your life. You’ll find that you’ll start collecting joy.
Hobbies get you in the mind set of trying new things without judgement. Consider participating in a hobby a form of mindfulness. It’s a space that is created just for yourself, whether that be to stimulate your mind, move your body or create with your hands.
While there are an assortment of hobbies to choose from, some exude elegance and are commonly held as refined. Here are twelve hobbies for the elegant lady.
Horseback riding is a not only a classic hobby but sport that goes back centuries. Especially regal and rustic, this hobby has numerous benefits aside from just getting you outdoors. You can improve your physicality and boost mental health. Riding can also be therapeutic.
Tennis is particularly popular for those in an affluent crowd. Requiring a lot of physical endurance and coordination, this hobby also gets you outside to enjoy the fresh air and has mental health benefits. Anyone can play tennis. You don’t need to be a professional and sometimes it’s fun doing things you aren’t necessarily great at. Reserve some court time at your local athletics club. Play solo or make a friend and find a partner to play with.
One of the epitomes of grace and elegance, ballet is not for the faint of heart but is an excellent way to train your mind and body. You can build muscle strength and agility, boost confidence, improve focus and build social skills. One of the things I like most about ballet is learned grace and posture that you can take with you where ever you go.
Music is an integral part of life. It speaks to the soul and is a universal language anyone and everyone can understand. This is another hobby where you don’t need to worry about professionalism but what speaks to your spirit. There is a purity in music that is transcendent.
A classic hobby, it promotes, grace, wellness and knowledge retention. There is also something therapeutic about not only listening but playing music. Orchestra music is the elegant primary in this hobby such as playing the flute, cello or harp; however, you can step outside and explore the world of music in more nuanced and mainstream areas.
Have you ever read a period novel and traced your fingers across the sections where the noble or aristocratic ladies are having tea and doing needle work? This hobby will definitely put you in a regal state of mind. Not only does it encourage creative and artistic appreciation, it teaches patience and sophistication.
Off the bat, archery doesn’t seem like an elegant hobby, but don’t let that fool you. There many atypical hobbies that carry a subtle grace and polished air. My fantasy readers will attest to nothing being quite as beautiful or elegant as the image of an elf shooting an arrow (Lord of the Rings anyone?) It supports mindful activity with benefits like control and relaxation. Surprisingly, as well, it is a great active hobby for expending energy or working off calories.
Another classic hobby and sport, ice skating is an exemplar of discipline, grace, and precision. Ice skating is a full body workout that supports muscular and joint health. The consistency in action is also a great stress reliever. Like most complex activities, it does require laying the ground work before you’re doing flip jumps.
Just because ice skating has “ice” doesn’t mean you only have to reserve the activity for winter. If you live in a predominantly cold location or have an ice skating rink, you can ice skate all year long.
Yoga is a popular activity with many health benefits. It supports overall health and brighter moods. It can easily be practiced in a studio or in the comforts of home. What I find particularly interesting is the promotion of relaxation and sleep, which is vital for self-care.
The ease of flowing with the water. A great active hobby if you don’t like the feel of yourself sweating. Swimming is another hobby that gives you a full body work out and encourages a better well-being. It can boost your metabolic rate and energy levels. This is excellent for anyone who doesn’t get a chance to move a lot through the day or is plagued with low energy.
For those looking for something leisurely and tasteful, wine tasting may be up your ally. While it may call for an investment for, of course, buying wine, subscribing to a local wine network or club, or attending wine events, it is rewarding for personal and social reasons. Being a wine enthusiast, you benefit from the many health benefits from drinking wine, including digestive health, and have a hobby you can learn and grow with over time. Wine knowledge is also great for affluent and business social circles. It’s also a great way to meet new friends
For love of old. Antiquing is a hobby that calls for curiosity, patience and wonder for discovery. It exemplifies an appreciation for art and works of the past, at the same time, highlighting an eye for quality. This is another hobby that can be expensive but also profitable. You can collect treasures or spruce them up and resell. I think holding on to pieces with interesting stories can be just as fun.
Most would say any fine lady can arrange a beautiful bouquet. Flower arranging speaks elegance, grace, and femininity. It’s complex and delicate, and while appearing simplistic is actually more complex than one might think. The methodology in arranging can be quite therapeutic and study of florals stimulating for the mind. This is a hobby that your home interior would appreciate.
Now, of course, this list is not the end all and be all of hobbies that would contradict the idea of newness. Go out and find what sparks your curiosity and provides enjoyment for you. If you need some guidance or inspiration, check out my free hobby list, “Classic Hobbies for the Modern Lady.”