Did you know the average Facebook user spends forty minutes a day sat online, stalking, talking and updating their social network? As much as we all love to see just what our ex’s best-friend’s cousin looked like on her wedding day, can you imagine what you could do with this extra four and a half hours of your week if you logged off? Before you shut down this browser and check yourself in to another cool location, we are by no means telling you to quit Facebook (we know we couldn’t).
Instead, we're here to tell you that hobbies are becoming an incresingly popular way to disconnect from the busy lives we lead. With the summer months approaching we've compiled a list of courses that could strike a chord and trigger a new hobby - because let's face it, we're all expert social stalkers!
Why graffiti is art
There will always be an ongoing dispute about whether graffiti should be classed as art or not. However we can't ignore talent like Banksy that has inspired a wave of people to explore this genre. This is one chap who does not have time for cover photos and candy crush saga, but instead is using his art to change the cities of the twenty first century. Could you be the next Banksy? Although we don’t recommend grabbing a can of spray paint and going crazy, booking a course could be a fun way to try something new and embrace that rebellious teenager inside!
What yoga is good for
More than just an activity for losing weight, yoga has been linked to being a complete mind-body workout. In addition to this, yoga can lower stress, increase flexibility and there has been evidence that people with high blood pressure and heart disease have benefitted from regular yoga sessions. If that wasn't enough, yoga is dominating social media feeds and if you find yourself jealous of your friend’s beach yoga pictures, why not roll out your mat and get practising. With plenty of courses available up and down the country, you could be well on your way to a more chilled out state of mind in no time.
Water sports near me?
'Water sports in the UK?' we hear you think. You do not have to be in the Caribbean to try your hand at a spot of kayaking or canoeing (although if you are in the Caribbean, we are so jealous). Sure the water might not be as warm here in the UK, but you’ll still learn from the experts and have a blast.
Nobody likes to be stuck inside on a summer’s weekend, so why not pick up your camera and take some photos worth sharing with a photography course? Most courses will cater for all abilities, so whether you are a complete beginner or the next Annie Lebovitz, you’ll leave with a memory card full of great snaps.
Summer means three things, flowers, sunshine and wedding season. If you are a bride to be, a super creative bridesmaid or just fancy earning a few extra pennies, a wedding floristry course could be a great investment.
Always fancied learning how to show jump like a professional? The summer is the perfect time to saddle up and learn how to horse ride, with plenty of yards having an outside school and hacking routes meaning you can ride in the forest.
Want to make the summer last forever? Taking a TEFL course means you will be qualified to run off into the sunset and teach English as a foreign language. With plenty of countries all over the world to choose from, you could spend your days teaching and your weekends exploring an amazing new country. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it?
So what are you waiting for? Log off, deactivate or just delete social media, and find yourself a course worth posting about. If none of these float your boat, we have plenty more fun and part time courses available. Remember, whichever you end up choosing, a course is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills.
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.