If you’re a dad then you understand how busy life can get. However, while you are busy carrying out your duties you have to make sure that you make time for yourself.

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Making time for yourself is not always easy but it is something that you must prioritize. 

Making time for yourself is not always easy but it is something that you must prioritize. 

One of the ways you can do this is to ensure that you are putting yourself first at least some of the time. Here are some of the top recommended hobbies that you should try as a dad.

Cooking and Meal Planning

You probably do this already but taking it on as a hobby may be something you might enjoy. You don’t have to specialize in preparing the same type of food you are making for your family, you could try baking or pastry making. 

This is a fun way to exercise your culinary skills and spend some time alone at the same time. You can buy a book or watch YouTube to kick off your new culinary. If you sign up for a class you’re likely to meet new people and make new friends as well.


In the quest for relaxation, some dads find solace in unexpected activities. One unconventional yet surprisingly effective way to unwind is through the art of writing. It’s one hobby that can offer relaxation and a sense of accomplishment.

Whether it’s journaling, creative writing, or even exploring new topics through essay writing, putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) can be a therapeutic outlet for the mind.

Moreover, if you hone your writing skills, it can become a source of income. Many blogs, essay writing service websites and publications always seek talented writers to join their teams. If you have a knack for words, explore this avenue to relax, express your thoughts, and potentially earn extra money. 

Take Up Gardening

Something you might want to try taking on is gardening. If you like beautiful flowers in bloom, making them do so with your labor of love can bring you a lot of joy. You can even work on creating a calming outdoor space for yourself and your family

Gardening doesn’t have to be just about flowers; you can also grow vegetables as well. These vegetables and herbs can be used in your kitchen for your culinary skills.

Fitness Activities

Fitness is something that you should be doing every day. Turning your passion for fitness into a hobby is a great way to not only stay in shape but to get out of the house and have some time for yourself away from the kids. 

One great sport that you can try is cycling, and swimming among others.


Where it is legally permitted, you may find that hunting is a great way to get outdoors and into the wild. Handling rifles and learning how to adjust iron sights may be a learning curve for you but you can do it.

This hobby is not for everybody, and it is something you want to get training for so that you can learn how to handle a rifle properly.

DIY Projects

Rolling up your sleeve and diving into a DIY project is just what you need to get your mind flowing and ease any tension or stress you may have running through your body. 

DIY projects are a great way for you to flex your muscles as well. While these projects may be enjoyable it’s best not to be overly spontaneous with them. Pick a project and then decide on the materials you will need and who you will need to help you. Some projects are just not a one-man show and it’s best to acknowledge that.

Try Fishing

If hunting is not your style then you might find that fishing is. This is a good old-fashioned way for you to relax on the water and enjoy a boat ride while catching something delicious for yourself and your family to eat. 

Don’t underestimate the power of going fishing. Of course, there are some gear that you are going to need beforehand but it is easy to find. 

Fishing is one of those activities that is often more relaxing when you have a bit of company but not too much.

Take On Music

If you’re willing to you can go ahead and learn an instrument. Jamming and rocking may be just what you need to relieve all the stress of everyday life. 

Learning a new instrument is challenging but chances are high that you may be up for it especially if you enjoyed music as a kid. There are so many instruments out there you may be wondering which one to try, don’t get flustered just think about your interests and the time you have to play, this will help you decide.

Now you have a wealth of ideas that you can try to kick your feet up and smell the roses, so to speak. Self-care should always be a priority and when you take up a hobby this is essentially what you are doing. You’re taking time to focus on yourself and this can only help you become a better person not just for you but for your family as well.