Hobbies are the new self-care

A new hobby can be a wonderful distraction if you’re currently going through cancer treatment. You might find yourself with hours and hours of time on the couch and nothing to do. We’ve got a few ideas of new hobbies you might like to try in the comfort of your own home…

Painting rocks

Eire Rocks is a Facebook page we’ve been following for quite some time. The idea is to paint pebbles with beautiful designs and then leave them in a public place for someone else to find and keep, or re-hide. We love it – such simple joy. We’ve painted a few rocks ourselves in the past few months and it is so wonderfully calming and satisfying.

All you need to get started are some pebbles (day trip to Bray, anyone?), some acrylic paints and paintbrushes and a little bit of imagination – from Google, of course. Try The Range for art supplies.


Seb Lester’s YouTube channel makes us want to learn calligraphy so bad. He makes it look so effortless and beautiful. In five years he has become one of the highest profile calligraphers in the world with over two million people following his daily calligraphic updates on Instagram and Facebook. He has developed logos and type illustrations for some of the world’s biggest companies, publications and events, including the likes of NASA, Apple, Nike, Intel, The New York Times, The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and JD Salinger’s final reissue of The Catcher in the Rye.

If you’re keen on trying calligraphy, you can get kitted out with some pens, pads and books relatively cheaply. Check out The Range for pens and pads and Amazon for books.


Scrapbooking is another wonderful way to spend a few hours. Cutting and pasting photos, magazine and newspaper clippings, pretty papers, washi tape and cute embellishments into fun designs into a scrapbook is a great way to release your inner creative child and the bonus is, you’ll have a lovely, one-of-a-kind keepsake when you’re finished.

All you could ever need or want in terms of scrapbooking supplies can also be found at The Range or Paperchase. Check out this YouTube channel or this Pinterest search for scrapbooking inspiration.

Growing Your Own

We came across this video during the week and thought it would make a great starting point for a new hobby of growing your own veg at home. With Spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get your green fingers out. Best of all, you probably have everything you need to get started in the house already.

Flower Arranging

Flower arranging is another hobby you could get started with while you’re spending time at home recovering after cancer treatment. The flowers don’t have to be fresh either – you can also flower arrange with faux flowers – which are so realistic these days.

A quick search on Pinterest reveals thousands of wonderful flower arranging tips, ideas and instructions. Here’s everything you need to know about flower arranging.


Journaling is a pretty big thing at the moment. But who said it just has to be simple words on a page? It can also be pictures, sketches, doodles, drawings, photos, quotes and, well, anything! Pinterest has thousands of images of journal prompts and inspiration, including extensive coverage of the latest craze of bullet journals. The above image is from this article on Buzzfeed.

We hope we’ve given you a few ideas! Let us know in the comments if you’re going to give any of these a try.

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