60 Hobbies For Introverts Seeking Calm and Focus

Introduction

During the pandemic, I was still living in South Korea. I had a small group of friends that I was very close with. But through 2021, restrictions got tight, and I went months without seeing them.

It was a bit of a bittersweet period to be an introvert. I could fully enjoy a level of alone time that I had always craved. But at some point, it also got to be super dull. Back then, I only had about four hobbies/pastimes, one of which was travelling and exploring new areas of Korea. Therefore, it was an exciting opportunity to learn and dedicate real time to developing new skills.

And I still feel inspired by that time to continue seeking new interests. Which brings me to this list of perfect pastimes, activities and hobbies for introverts. The list is a combination of hobbies I have tried and some still on my to-do list.

But why do we need a separate list of hobbies for introverts? Well, introverts can partake in any activity, sport or crowded event. But this list is intended for those hours when introverts need the calm and focus that solo hobbies offer.

Some of the suggested hobbies will require a class to start. I tried to narrow the list to pursuits that typically offer small group classes for beginners and may be done alone after that. Depending on your introversion level, this may either encourage or dissuade you from trying these hobbies.

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The list is split into themes so you can quickly skip to the category that interests you. Each hobby has a brief description and details of the cost, interactions and learning methods.

Explanation of the cost, interactions and learn classifications.

Cost: This considers initial costs to get started and how expensive the hobby can be over time. Some hobbies offer a price range to let you choose the best option for your wallet.

  • $: Free to <$300
  • $$: $300 to <$1,000
  • $$$: $1,000+

Interactions: This indicates the estimated level of face-to-face interactions associated with this hobby. Many will have an optional level of interaction (indicated by “or”) so you can choose what you are comfortable with. Some will depend on whether a beginner’s class is required (indicated by “,”).

  • Solo: A solo hobby
  • Limited: Some interactions including quiet classes or occasionally visiting shops
  • Heavy: Many interactions including heavily interactive classes or often visiting shops

Learn: Suggestions of various venues and mediums where you may learn the hobby.

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Art, Crafts and DIY

This selection of introverted hobbies may also allow you to sell your products. At first glance, that may seem like an awful idea as it will require a lot of interactions. However, most sales may be made online, so it will only require communication via email. You may also try to sell items through an online shop like Etsy or Shopify to create a third-party barrier should that aid your comfort level.

1.    Photography

There are many branches of photography that may interest you. For example a photography hobby may include fashion, architecture, travel, landscape, portraits, and many more. I prefer nature photography, which is why every post on my website includes one of my nature photos. It may be done at home, around your town or in the wilderness. You may invest in a professional camera or take photos on your phone. You may also work alone or include friends or subjects.

Cost: $-$$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: By Doing, YouTube, Articles, Books

2.    Painting

Whether you want to paint murals, abstract pictures or graffiti, painting is incredibly relaxing. If you are curious about trying it for the first time but don’t want to spend much money, paint-by-number is very popular once again. Or, if you already enjoy painting but feel like you’re in a slump, a motivating painter challenge is to recreate a famous painting in your style. Or try experimenting with new techniques. The expense of painting will depend on your chosen medium. Online painting classes and tutorials are widely available. One option to keep your painting hobby inexpensive would be to paint on sketch paper before painting on canvas.

Cost: $$

Interactions: Solo, Limited

Learn: By Doing, YouTube, Online or In-Person Class, Instagram

3.    Ceramics

Pottery is a difficult art form for first timers to attempt solo. This mainly has to do with the equipment (the cost of the wheel and kiln alone are hefty); therefore, a ceramics class will be the best option to get you started. Once you know the basics, try to find a local community kiln that you may use. My city has a ceramics shop open to all ceramicists/potters/throwers to pay a monthly fee and use their facilities. But they do require a class to be completed before a membership will be issued. If you really enjoy this hobby, you may invest in the equipment and be able to do create at home.

Cost: $$-$$$

Interactions: Solo, Limited

Learn: In-Person Class, YouTube

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4.    Calligraphy

Calligraphy or lettering is art created with decorative handwriting. It may be practiced following YouTube tutorials, and free worksheets are available online. The cost of this hobby will depend on the pens you choose to use: felt tip pens, fountain pens or dip pens. To experiment before you buy, hacks on YouTube can teach you how to do lettering with just a regular marker. With practice, you can make artistic signs, creative bullet journals, and write letters with your calligraphy skills.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Tutorials, YouTube, Instagram, Worksheets

5.    Perfume Making

Perfume making is a diverse hobby. Perhaps you may be interested in learning the history of perfume making and the science behind fragrance mixing. Or maybe you are allergic to scents (as I am) and want to DIY a natural perfume that won’t trigger your allergies. Using essential oils, natural fragrances and a little experimentation, you can create unique scents. There are kits to get you started on your new hobby and various websites that provide tips and tricks. The expense of this hobby will depend on how far you decide to dive in. And this hobby may be learned in total seclusion or with a friend.

Cost: $$-$$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Kit, Reddit, Blogs

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6.    Soap Making

A popular pastime for those looking for natural soaps or who have sensitive skin. This hobby will allow you to experiment with the ingredients, fragrances and soap making process. You can also be creative with various soap moulds and designs. How you create your soap will vary, so it’s possible to keep this a cheap hobby. The ingredients for making soap are also readily available at many craft stores. You can begin with kits before investing in the ingredients. Soap making will require the use of caustic substances so be careful.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Kit, Reddit, Blogs, YouTube

I have no affiliation with these websites, but found the information they provide to be useful.

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7.    Candle Making

The process of candle making may help you to re-establish your calm, while lighting the candle can help you to unwind. Even the learning process is beneficial as candle-making videos are very relaxing. Once you begin, you may learn to create various designs, sizes and wax melt. Or perhaps you are interested in experimenting with scents and different wicks. The materials for this hobby are available in hobby shops and craft stores. Please keep in mind that you will be dealing with hot wax on a stove so take proper precautions not to injure yourself.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Kit, Reddit, Blogs, YouTube, Books

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8.    Knitting And Crochet

Knitting and crochet are hobbies for the young and old alike. I often hear that crochet is easier than knitting, but as is my lot in life, I have found the complete opposite to be true. This means that either option is a great place to start. Learn from your grandparents, parents, friends, a book or a YouTube video. Patterns and yarn are readily available in stores and online. A downside to this hobby is that you will need various needle and hook sizes for different projects, which can add up quite quickly. Before committing to an array of sizes, try a US size 8 needle or 5 mm hook. You will be able to create a variety of designs with this size while deciding if the hobby is for you. I would also recommend buying yarn in person to ensure you like the colour and feel.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo, Limited

Learn: YouTube, Books, Tutorials

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| Learn More: Knitting Knowledge – Knitting Vs Crochet

9.    Pyrography (Wood Burning)

Pyrography or wood burning is an art form. You can burn portraits, designs and letters onto wood using specialized tools. It is a very slow hobby requiring patience and a steady hand to create the designs. But it is will also allow you to challenge your artistic side and craft cool gifts for special occasions. There are books and YouTube videos to get you started. The cost of the hobby is dependent on both the tools and wood. A beginner’s kit should include the pyrography pen. A class is not required, but be cautious when handling and storing the pen.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo, Limited

Learn: YouTube, Kits, Books, Tutorials

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| Learn More: M. M. Newman – Essential Wood Burning Tool Tips For Your Next Pyrography Project

10.  Scrapbooking and Card Making

Paper crafts will always be popular, ensuring the tools and materials will always be available. Scrapbooking makes an excellent keepsake for all your interests and adventures. It doesn’t only have to be for personal photos as you may also scrapbook for your favourite band, book or TV show. And card making will allow you to donate cards to charities such as assisted living facilities and military service members. Free videos and paid classes are available online. This is an expensive hobby. Aside from the cost of paper are all the stamps, stencils, die cuts, and tools you will need. However, some companies offer kits with all the materials you may need to create a few designs.

Cost: $$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: YouTube, Kits, Online Class

11.  Quilting

Quilting is an excellent enterprise for anyone interested in sewing. You can start with small projects and progress into creating quilted blankets and wall hangings. It will require time and patience to complete your projects, so it is not a desirable hobby for anyone who needs quick results. Quilting is an expensive hobby as material, thread, a sewing machine and accessories are required. Also, a long-arm quilting machine may be required for more elaborate designs. Some companies in Canada provide long-arm quilting services, so check if similar services are offered near you.

Cost: $$$

Interactions: Solo, Limited

Learn: YouTube, Online Class, Books, Reddit

12.  3D Printing

If you’re looking for a technical hobby that will provide both fun and practical results, 3D printing is it! You can create projects for your fandom or everyday household items. There is a learning curve that will keep the hobby interesting. This hobby will require many skills and a lot of trial and error. The cost varies greatly depending on the material and design being printed, and the type of 3D printer if you choose to purchase one. The hobby will require limited interactions if you do not purchase your own printer. Please be aware that the machines can be dangerous if not handled and cleaned correctly.

Cost: $$$-$$$$

Interactions: Solo, Limited

Learn: Books, Blogs, YouTube

I have no affiliation with this website, but found the information they provide to be useful.

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13.  Repairing Items

Here is another worthwhile hobby for anyone who enjoys taking things apart to understand how they work. Taking apart electronics to clean or replace parts and then rebuild them is a popular hobby. The objects that you want or need to repair can be found around your home, borrowed from your friends’ homes or purchased from thrift stores. Therefore the cost of the hobby is relatively manageable aside from the tools you will need (predominantly screwdrivers and cleaning materials) plus the replacement parts. Repairing electronics is also a hobby that can earn you money. The level of interactions will depend on where and how you find objects to repair.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo, Limited

Learn: YouTube, Books, Reddit

14.  Furniture Restoration

Taking drabby-looking furniture and giving it a new life is both fascinating and creative. Restoring furniture requires a lot of tough hands-on work. Perhaps you will be stripping paint, sanding wood or reupholstering chairs. YouTube is an excellent resource for seeing step-by-step tutorials for repairing furniture. When considering the cost of this hobby, it is essential to factor in the materials needed to make the repairs and how much you could sell the refurbished furniture for. Many people will sell old furniture for significantly reduced costs depending on its condition. And once you’ve made it beautiful again, you may increase the value of that piece. To accumulate furniture and materials will require many in-person interactions. However, the restoration work may be completed solo.

Cost: $$$

Interactions: Solo, Heavy

Learn: YouTube, Books, Reddit

15.  Homebrew Wine and Beer

Kits to create your own wine and beer can be found in many specialty shops. Starter kits include all the equipment, ingredients and instructions you need to start brewing. And after you get familiar with the craft, you can leap into creating your signature brews. You can also be creative with designing labels for your bottled product. Remember that you cannot legally sell homemade wine or beer in Canada, but you may gift it.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Kit, Books

16.  Thrifting and Upcycling

If you are interested in helping the planet, ending fast fashion and reducing items sent to landfills, upcycling is the perfect hobby for you! Yes, you will need to leave your house to venture out to a thrift store. However, thrift stores are an excellent place to shop with limited interactions. You will want to look closely through every item available at a thrift store, which takes time. Therefore the staff will usually leave you alone to search through the shelves and racks. Try to look for the potential behind each item, whether you want to refurbish it or create a new art project. Thrifting is a low-cost hobby unless you are looking for vintage pieces.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo, Limited

Learn: By Doing, YouTube, Tutorials

17.  Special Effects (SFX) Make-Up

Ideas and inspiration for make-up can be found everywhere. Whether you are interested in the artistry of make-up or are a movie fan, learning how to create SFX is a mesmerizing hobby. You can use books and online tutorials to apply make-up to your face and body or purchase a practice head. Everyday make-up is not cheap, so you will find SFX make-up some of the most expensive on the market. However, face and body paint kits for beginners are available. Materials are available online.

Cost: $$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: By Doing, YouTube, Tutorials, Books

18.  Musical Instrument

Assuming you are patient and willing to practice, learning to play a musical instrument is one of the most relaxing hobbies you can try. Most beginner sets will come with a music book and guide for learning the notes. Depending on your chosen instrument, you may also find music pages online for your favourite songs. The cost of this hobby will depend on which instrument you choose. Some appealing instruments to try if you are anxious are piano/keyboard, kalimba, ukulele and steel tongue drum. You may choose to learn alone or take private lessons.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo or Heavy

Learn: By Doing, Online/In-Person Class, Books

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Education

Some of the educational hobbies I will mention will take you into exploring nature and ecosystems. To ensure such pursuits are not damaging to the environment, please ensure you stick to observing rather than collecting samples or removing animals from their natural habitats.

19.  Language Learning

Depending on your goals, you cannot learn a new language entirely alone. To practice your pronunciation and communication skills (listening and speaking), you should practice with another student or native speaker. That being said, the basics can be learned alone so you can become proficient in reading and writing. Learning the alphabet, vocabulary, grammar and simple expressions can be done with a good textbook. For tips and tricks for learning a new language, try to find some polyglots (multilingual people) to follow online and ask questions on a site like Quora. Some interesting languages to try as a native English speaker are French, Spanish, Korean, and American Sign Language.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo or Limited

Learn: Textbooks, Online/In-Person Class, Quora, YouTube

20.  Genealogy or Ancestry

Genealogy and ancestry are the studies of family history and lineage. These are excellent hobbies for researchers and anyone interested in learning about their heritage or tracing the lineage of a famous family. As a hobby, genealogy does not require DNA testing. Instead, it can be accomplished through reading old letters and diaries, searching for images and videos, and collecting family records. The information could be used to create a family tree or a history book to share with your family. This will remain an inexpensive hobby unless you seek professional help, including subscription websites and DNA testing.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Books, Websites, Blogs, Subscriptions

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|Learn More: Smarter Hobby – Genealogy for Beginners

21.  Amateur Astronomy

I think it’s part of human nature to be fascinated by the sky and the space beyond. An amateur astronomist can study the sky to learn more about what’s out there. Stargazing may be done with a dark sky and binoculars or a telescope. As most cities have too much light pollution to see the stars, this hobby will also give you an excellent excuse to get out of town. Along with researching NASA’s website, you can learn about astronomy by joining online groups. Perhaps you’ll even make a discovery and get to name it! Astronomy is a low-cost hobby to start and will depend on how much you are willing to invest in stargazing materials.

Cost: $-$$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Websites, Books, Blogs, Reddit

I have no affiliation with this website, but found the information they provide to be useful.

| Learn More: Sky And Telescope – Astronomy for Beginners

22.  Botany

Botany is a branch of science dedicated to studying plants (my apologies to any botanists for oversimplifying their area of study). However, botany can also be a hobby. From reading various plant books, keeping photographs, maps, and diagrams, to partaking in botanical expeditions, a botany hobby can allow you to learn and explore flora from around the world. I will encourage anyone exploring this hobby to leave their collections as photographs and hand-drawn diagrams rather than taking samples. Perhaps you may also be interested in creating a journal with images and notes of your observations to make this a creative hobby. For beginners, a lot of free information for your research may be found online.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Websites, Books, Blogs, Reddit

23.  Birdwatching

Classic and simple. Birdwatching can be done from home or out in nature. It is a very quiet and patient hobby. Start with birds around your area. Purchase a book because it’s a faster and more portable resource than searching online. Most birding books will include a reference guide with excellent pictures, details of the birds, areas they can be found and other interesting information. You may choose to purchase binoculars or a camera with a high-powered lens. Or you may simply sit and document your observations.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Books, Online Live Feeds, Forums

24.  Herping

If you are someone who likes snakes, lizards, frogs, salamanders, turtles, etc., this is right up your alley! Herping will take you outside in search of reptiles and amphibians. Start by learning about these creatures in your area, and perhaps, one day, it will give you an excuse to trek around the world. It is relatively cost-effective as you don’t require many materials. And there is a strong online community for herpetology and herping.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Websites, Books, Reddit

I have no affiliation with this website, but found the information they provide to be useful.

| Learn More: Cornell Wildlife Health Lab – What The Heck Is Herping?

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Food

Everyone loves food! Whether you wish to share your culinary skills or horde them, these hobbies are fun, delicious and practical.

25.  Baking

Baking is comforting, from mixing ingredients to the smell wafting from the oven to eating the goodies while they’re still warm. Is there anything better? Many YouTube channels show the step-by-step baking process for those learning to bake for the first time. Follow the tutorials and see where your new passion will take you! If you’re an avid baker, try to give yourself a challenge, such as baking your way through a recipe book or doing theme baking. What could you bake for an adventure theme?

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Recipe Books, Kits, YouTube, Pinterest, Blogs, In-Person or Online Classes

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| Learn More: This Is Money – The Great Bargain Bake Off

26.  Cooking

I am not a good cook. I cook to keep myself alive, but I neither enjoy it nor make mouth-watering meals. However, I have a desire to get better. And knowing myself, a cooking class will serve me best as it will hold me accountable. For others who are not oversized children, you may find a world of recipes and tutorials online to get you started on your cooking hobby. Similar to baking, you could challenge yourself to cook your way through a recipe book, try a 30-day, 30 meals challenge or seek new prep meal ideas. This hobby’s expense will depend on the cost of ingredients and cooking equipment. When choosing your equipment, consider what you are paying for and how often you will use it. The most expensive equipment is not always the best so do your research.

Cost: $$-$$$

Interactions: Solo or Heavy

Learn: Cookbooks, YouTube, Blogs, In-Person or Online Classes

27.  Grilling

Contrary to popular opinion, grilling can be done year-round if you are dedicated enough. Even in the freezing depths of winter, an avid griller may be willing to spark up their grill. Take ideas from grilling websites and cookbooks and try experimenting with different types of food to create your own specialties. Grilling allows you to make a small amount of food, so it is an excellent hobby to feed one person. It is also mindful and educational. An electric grill is very affordable, but meat can be expensive. Take proper safety precautions and do not use an outdoor grill inside. 

Cost: $$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Cookbooks, YouTube, Blogs, Reddit

I have no affiliation with these websites, but found the information they provide to be useful.

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28.  Can and Preserve Food

Preserving food is valuable for areas where certain foods are only available seasonally. Preserves also make excellent gifts. To begin preserving and canning food, you will want to invest in the appropriate recipe books. Materials for canning can be found in your kitchen or purchased at a grocery store. The cost of the hobby is offset by the savings you will accrue for not having to buy imported fruits and vegetables or toss spoiled produce.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Cookbooks, YouTube, Blogs, Podcasts

I have no affiliation with this website, but found the information they provide to be useful.

| Learn More: Money Crashers – Home Canning 101

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Nature and Trekking

Yes, trekking offers many hobbies for introverts. However, if you are trekking alone, be sure to give your route and location to someone, check in with a park ranger (or similar), follow trails and have some form of tracking or emergency device. Put safety first, and then have fun! Also, please leave nature as undisturbed as possible so that your hobby does not negatively impact the environment. 

29.  Gardening

I live in Canada, so it can feel like gardening is a limited-time activity, but not necessarily. Aside from creating a beautiful garden outdoors, you may also wish to venture into creating your own greenhouse or an indoor garden. Having a lot of thriving green around the house can lighten the spirit. And should you choose to grow vegetables or herbs, you may save a little on your grocery bill. I will warn that if you have pets or young children in your home, give special attention to the types of plants you grow. This hobby has a lot of front-end costs that pay off as you go so I consider it to be inexpensive. You may need to interact with nursery staff to learn about and purchase materials for your plants.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo, Limited

Learn: YouTube, Blogs, TikTok, Podcasts

30.  Tree Shaping

Tree shaping is a slow hobby that will allow you to grow trees into artistic shapes. It is also called arborsculpture. Research and practice will be needed to learn how to graft, bend and shape the tree into your desired shape. It can take years to realize your design fully. Young trees and simple gardening tools are required for this art form. I was not able to find clear details on how expensive this hobby may be. However, as it requires regular gardening tools, it appears to be low-cost.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo, Limited

Learn: Books, Blogs

I have no affiliation with this website, but found the information they provide to be useful.

| Learn More: Gardening Know How – Arborsculpture Gardens

31.  Beekeeping

This is a hobby I am fascinated by but cannot partake in due to a phobia and my allergy to beeswax. Beekeeping involves creating a hive and caring for a honeybee colony. Apart from producing honey, beekeeping is educational, rewarding for the environment, and is described as incredibly calming. As you will be caring for other creatures, I strongly advise you to get in touch with a local beekeeper to learn everything you must do. The materials needed for beekeeping will be an investment so they may also give advice on where to get the best items for your money. Fair warning, stings will happen, but maybe consider them lovebites.

Cost: $$-$$$

Interactions: Limited

Learn: Blogs, Articles, Books, Local Beekeepers

32.  Geocaching

Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt that allows you to belong to a community without interacting with others face-to-face. A cache is a waterproof container with either a logbook or a trinket inside. You will need a navigation system (like a GPS or compass) to locate the geocache and good walking or hiking shoes. Many websites allow you to purchase the map to their geocache or log the geocaches you find. You also have the option of creating a geocache for others to find. All interactions may be done online unless you choose to invite friends along.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo or Limited

Learn: Blogs, Websites, Reddit

I have no affiliation with this website, but found the information they provide to be useful.

| Learn More: Human Kinetics – Learn About The Benefits of Geocaching

33.  Benchmarking

A benchmark is any kind of reference marker used to indicate an elevation. As a hobby, people will search for and record these benchmarks. Benchmarking is a geocaching branch requiring similar items (GPS, map, compass, etc.). Information for finding benchmarks is readily available online with websites dedicated to the hobby. It is low-cost and allows you to venture around your country.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo or Limited

Learn: Blogs, Websites, Reddit

I have no affiliation with these websites, but found the information they provide to be useful.

| Learn More: Coast Defense – The Benchmark Hunting Hobby

| Learn More: Geocaching – Benchmark Hunting

34.  Hiking and Snowshoeing

Hiking may be accomplished on any trails that are available near you. Sometimes hiking trails can take you around the outskirts of your city, or you may pursue challenging courses across your country. Snowshoeing is a similar hobby, except it may be done anywhere there is snow. Both are incredibly mindful activities that provide a challenge and sense of accomplishment. Equipment includes boots, snowshoes, backpack, walking poles (optional), comfortable clothes and a first aid kit.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Blogs, Instagram, Books, YouTube

35.  Camping

Whether for a day, week, month or longer, camping in the woods is a great experience. Nothing beats the relaxation of rain dripping on the tent (assuming it’s a good waterproof tent). Plus, you can enjoy other camping activities, including swimming, hiking and a campfire. Camping is not a cheap hobby and requires a lot of equipment. Ask to borrow from friends for your first excursion. You may also try camping in your backyard before planning an overnight trip.

Cost: $$-$$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: YouTube, Blogs, Instagram, Podcasts

36.  Foraging

This hobby will take a lot of careful research. Some plants are very poisonous, and you must pay special attention to ensure they are correctly identified. You will need an excellent reference book and may learn how and where to forage by researching local websites. Part of foraging is learning how to cook what you find, which is another fun aspect of the hobby. Other foragers may give you tips on YouTube and Instagram. The hobby is cheap. But again, remember that many people have died because they misidentified something, so I urge you to be very careful about anything you put in your body.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Books, Blogs, YouTube, Instagram

37.  Fishing

Fishing requires quiet and calm whether you fish alone or with others. It comes with many costs. First, you will need a permit to fish in most regions. Then you also need a rod and tackle. And a fishing boat is optional to buy or rent. Fishing may also be done off a pier or dock. If you are an avid fisherman, you may also be interested in flyfishing and ice fishing.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo or Limited

Learn: By Doing, YouTube, Instagram, Books

38.  Backpacking

Backpacking is a multi-day hike involving camping. Backpacking is different from camping as the number of supplies you may bring is greatly limited to what you can carry. You will find great tips online for what you should bring and do during a backpacking trip, including basic survival skills. If you are an avid backpacker and enjoy learning how to live off the land, perhaps you may also explore bushcraft skills. Backpacking materials can be costly, but it’s also a hobby that you don’t want to cheap out on.

Cost: $$-$$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: YouTube, Blogs, Books, Instagram

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Sport and Fitness

You may wish to hire a trainer to become familiar with the equipment and proper movements needed for your pastime. And please know that your trainer may touch you to adjust your positions. The cost of your classes will depend on whether you choose private lessons or small group classes. It can be a little scary to join a class, but it may be an activity to help expand your comfort zone. Please consult your doctor before beginning a new fitness regimen.

39.  Chess

Chess is a sport that provides a venue for research, focus, strategizing and competition. And it can be learned and played in total solitude. You may play chess against yourself or a computer. Should you choose to participate in chess games, they can be played in total silence with the interaction strictly kept on the board. If you are a complete beginner, start learning the different chess pieces and how they may move across the board. Chat on forums to help you grow your skills.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo or Limited

Learn: Books, Apps, YouTube, Blogs

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| Learn More: Wargamer – How To Play Chess For Beginners

40.  Dancing

I think everyone dances regardless of skill level, and that’s a great thing! Put on your favourite music and give in to it. It’s a great exercise if you just need an excuse to get up and move. Or you can learn actual routines. Multiple YouTube channels break down routines into easy-to-follow tutorials. Or, if you are interested in truly learning to dance, look for adult dance classes in your town.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo or Heavy

Learn: By Doing, YouTube, Online or In-Person Classes

41.  Skipping/Jumping Rope

Exercise is a beneficial pastime for your body and mind. Skipping is relatively easy to start considering the rope’s low cost. With jumping rope, you can create routines, try setting records and learn tricks. If you’ve never skipped rope before, have no fear! You may get hit with the rope a few times, but once you get the rhythm, it’s fun!

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo

Learn: By Doing, YouTube, Instagram

42.  Roller Skating

Perhaps roller skating is becoming popular again due to nostalgia or because it’s a ton of fun! You will be able to get exercise, learn tricks and take green transportation. For those who are already avid ice and inline skaters, you may consider adding this hobby to your skill set. For new roller skaters, start with a helmet and all the necessary guards and padding. You will fall, and it will hurt, but there’s no other way to learn. Before you learn tricks, check YouTube to figure out how to move forward, backward and, most importantly, stop! The cost of the hobby will depend on the skates you purchase. There may be limited interactions if you choose to skate outside, and potentially heavier interactions if you use a skate park.

Cost: $$

Interactions: Solo or Limited or Heavy

Learn: By Doing, YouTube, Instagram

43.  Yoga

Yoga is an excellent means of self-care; it creates a sense of calm and overall feels therapeutic. And you can start with 1 of 7 popular branches of yoga, depending on your goals and interests. Yoga classes can be followed online. However, an in-person class is very beneficial for beginners to ensure you perform the poses correctly. During the class, everyone is quiet and you can choose to participate or not in small talk before or after class. The materials for yoga are relatively inexpensive. You can get by with just a mat and some loose clothing.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo or Limited

Learn: YouTube, In-Person or Online Classes, Books

I have no affiliation with this website, but found the information they provide to be useful.

| Learn More: Live Science – 7 Most Popular Types Of Yoga

44.  Pilates

Pilates provides a means to relax tense muscles and strengthen your body. It is a great exercise that you will feel the next day. Pilates exercises may be found on YouTube, and most will not require equipment besides a yoga mat. Pilates machines are also available for those dedicated to this exercise but are not necessary for beginners.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo or Limited

Learn: YouTube, In-Person or Online Classes, Books

45.  Swimming

Swimming is a very solitary activity. I have always found being in water relieves a lot of anxiety. Apart from swimming laps, you may also challenge yourself to learn different strokes or set time goals. If you have never swam before, try taking a class. Swimming classes are still very solitary aside from interacting with the trainer. Once you finish your swimming classes, you can leave the pool and start swimming in lakes and the ocean. Expenses include your bathing suit and access to a pool.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo or Limited

Learn: In-Person Classes

46.  Archery

Archery is an excellent sport that provides introverts with focus and solitude. Before taking a class, you may study archery and learn about the equipment online. Archery ranges are available in many cities and provide classes, rental gear and space to practice. It may be possible to practice archery at home, but you will need to check the regulations in your region and ensure you create a safe practice area. Archery can be a solo activity, or you may choose to join a club or team. Archery requires a fair amount of equipment, but you may choose whether to buy or rent.

Cost: $$

Interactions: Solo or Limited or Heavy

Learn: In-Person Classes, Books, Reddit

I have no affiliation with these websites, but found the information they provide to be useful.

| Learn More: Complete Guide To Archery – Archery For Beginners

| Learn More: Archers Hub – Practicing Archery At Home Or Indoors

47.  Walking, Jogging or Running

A free and semi-easy hobby to get into, you can choose the best cardio exercise for your health and ability. I walk as I have a bad knee. To pursue this hobby, you may choose to set goals for a certain number of steps or distances. There are also online distance competitions where you can track your exercise and win medals. It is important to be aware of your surroundings, stay safe and try not to do these exercises alone at night. This is a completely solo activity. The expense depends on the price of the shoes and clothing, including a good hat for sunny days.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo

Learn: By Doing

48.  Fantasy Sports

For anyone who wants to share their love of sports but would rather watch games alone, this one’s for you! Fantasy sports leagues are available online. A fantasy sport allows you to invent a team full of your favourite, real athletes. Your team will then compete to earn points based on the real-world statistics of those players throughout their season. Assuming you partake in this hobby strictly online, you do not need to interact physically with anyone. Though some leagues do meet in person. The cost will depend on the league and sport you choose. Many leagues require a buy-in fee.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo or Heavy

Learn: Reddit, Websites

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Niche Interests

This collection of hobbies are any that I felt did not fit the other categories. Part of this is because diverse interests may spur any of these activities.

49.  Puzzles

My favourite occupation when recovering from an introvert hangover is listening to an audiobook while doing a puzzle. The options for puzzles are quite extensive between themes, the number of pieces and varying skill levels. You can find 3D puzzles, shape puzzles and story puzzles. There is also a wide price range, but the majority are low cost. Try searching for a group that does puzzle swaps to help save you some money.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: By Doing, TikTok

50.  Blogging

Blogging is an excellent resource for introverts who have trouble articulating their thoughts into speech. It allows you to reach out and find others who share your interests (comic books, cooking, fashion, journaling, etc.). You can start a free WordPress blog for fun. Or pay for a domain and hosting to try to monetize your hobby, but know that it can get expensive. If you have some ideas and stories to share, give it a try.

Cost: $-$$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Tutorials, Online Classes, Facebook Groups

51.  Gaming

This option is going to be all-inclusive. Whether you enjoy online gaming, board games, puzzle games or role-playing games, you can make it into a proper hobby. Yes, you will need at least one partner for some of these. However, you can also play all of these almost entirely online. Find a group of online friends you can play with and schedule game breaks. Sometimes the best friends we will ever have are those we meet online. But I must caution you not to give any personal information (including birthdate, full name, address or banking details) to anyone you meet online.

Cost: $$-$$$

Interactions: Solo or Limited

Learn: Discord, Forums, Apps, Reddit, By Doing

52.  Tarot Reading

Tarot has always been popular but unfortunately not well-respected. That feeling seems to be changing as tarot decks become more readily available and tarot readers have books, podcasts and YouTube channels. The basis of tarot is to ask a question, draw a card, and interpret its meaning. For some people, it’s just a bit of fun; for others, it provides excellent insight and aids in their decision-making. Your hobby could be learning how to interpret the cards, collecting tarot decks or appreciating the art history of tarot. It’s a fascinating and welcoming community to get involved in, should this pique your interest. any tarot decks include a book explaining each card. And depending on the deck(s) you purchase, it can be inexpensive.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Blogs, YouTube, Instagram, Podcasts, Books

53.  Podcast Hosting

As blogging serves introverts who are better in writing, podcasts serve verbal storytellers who have a limited social battery. It’s a long-standing misconception that introverts do not like to speak. They do. A lot. But they need to have a particular topic they are interested in to get going. A podcast is perfect for this effort. Once you find your niche, you can share your passion and knowledge with anyone interested enough to listen and subscribe. Getting started has a few upfront costs, including a good microphone and editing software. But everything else you want to know about creating a podcast can be found online. You also have the option of hosting solo or with an online partner.

Cost: $$-$$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Podcasts, Books, Blogs, YouTube

54.  Book Club

Book lovers unite separately and in your own homes. Book clubs can be hosted online. You can find and create book clubs for any genre and age group. Online book clubs also allow you to opt-out of the reading for that week or month if you are too busy or not interested in the book. It will help you to tackle your TBR and give you a group of people to gush over or bash a book with. Joining a book club should always be free, though I understand a read-along may be hosted on Patreon for a fee. The cost of this hobby will depend on whether you have a library card or prefer hardcover over paperback.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Reddit, YouTube, TikTok

55.  Lockpicking

If you enjoy challenging puzzles, lockpicking is a useful hobby to pick up. Keep in mind that you must use your new hobby for good! Some activities within lockpicking that may pique your interest are learning how to pick everyday locks, completing timed challenges and competing in lockpicking competitions. The required skills may be learned with videos online. It is a solitary hobby that doesn’t require any interaction with others. The tools needed for lockpicking are cheap.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo

Learn: YouTube, Books, By Doing

56.  Building A PC

You may be under the assumption that building your PC is too tricky. However, it is so popular that many YouTube videos and blogs provide step-by-step instructions for building an assortment of PCs. Think about what you want your PC for and begin your search. This hobby will require patience, focus and time. It is not cheap, with the combined price of parts totalling anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. You may try to reduce the costs by waiting for parts to go on sale. Aside from interacting in online forums, this hobby can be pursued alone.

Cost: $$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Blogs, YouTube, Books

I have no affiliation with this website, but found the information they provide to be useful.

| Learn More: Tech Radar – How To Build A PC

57.  Remote Control Cars

RC cars are not just for children. You may buy a kit with instructions and parts to build your RC car. Many kits also come with customized features to suit your style. After making your car, you may create tracks to race on. RC cars are large, so you will want to ensure you also have space to display them. There is a good price range per car, so you may find a few options to suit your wallet. You may join an online community, a club or just enjoy the hobby alone.

Cost: $$-$$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Kits, YouTube, Books

I have no affiliation with this YouTube channel, but found the information they provide to be useful.

| Learn More: RCDriver_Online – You Should Build An RC Car Kit (YouTube)

58.  Letter Writing

For those born after 1995, the chances that you have ever sent or received a letter are reasonably small. And I think that actually makes letter writing a fascinating niche hobby. Receiving a physical letter that someone took time and care to craft is incredible. And it becomes a keepsake. Letter writing provides you with a chance to be mindful and meditative. You may write letters to friends and family, find a pen pal or send letters to assisted living facilities and military personnel. Everything you need to know about the format of a letter and prompts to get you started can be found online. This is a cheap hobby to start but can quickly become expensive depending on how many pens, stationery sets and accessories you choose to buy. Interaction solely takes place through the letters.

Cost: $-$$

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Blogs, YouTube, Pinterest

I have no affiliation with this website, but found the information they provide to be useful.

| Learn More: Introvert Dear – Why Letter Writing Is An Ideal Introvert Hobby

59.  Collection

Whatever you are interested in, collect it. Your collection can be anything from figures to books to purses to sets to albums to anything you choose. You are guaranteed to find other collectors through a quick search on Google or Reddit. Collectibles may be found in local stores, online stores, auction sites, estate sales, through trades and at conventions. How much you spend will depend on what you collect, so it’s best to start with some research. Online interactions are possible and likely necessary. If you need to go to estate sales and conventions, my experience has been that people usually leave you alone to do your own thing.

Cost: $-$$$

Interactions: Solo or Limited or Heavy

Learn: YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Reddit, Forums, Blogs

60.  Creative Writing

Write a book, short story, poetry, play, children’s book, fan fiction, etc. Do you have to be a good writer? No. Do you have to share your stories? No. Is writing a gratifying and absorbing activity? Definitely, yes. Perhaps you will discover a real passion and talent for writing. There are also online shops that will print and bind a copy of your work so you can also display it on your shelf. Or, if you’re confident in your product, you can send it to a publisher and start a new career. Writing for fun is free and may be accomplished with the tools that most people already have (a computer, notebook and pen, printer, etc.). Writing is a solo activity with the option of sharing with others.

Cost: $

Interactions: Solo

Learn: Blogs, YouTube, Pinterest

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What are your favourite hobbies? Have you tried any that I mentioned? Share your experience in the comments below.

7 thoughts on “60 Hobbies For Introverts Seeking Calm and Focus

  1. There are some really good ideas in here, some I’ve never thought of. Will giving herping a hard pass, but home brewing beer or wine? A definite possibility!

  2. 80% of me is an introvert. I do enjoy so many of the things on your suggested list, which is great by the way! Who knew there were so many things we could enjoy as introverts!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I didn’t see my favourite on the list – Bullet Journalling. There are so many ways to do a BuJo. I do a different theme every month and add stickers and sometimes some patterned papers, but I also draw a lot of the images. Trying different fonts is fun too. The rest of my hobbies include Genealogy, Yoga, Gardening, Creative Writing, and Reading. I also love jigsaw puzzles and board games when I get a chance. But also puzzles on paper like Sudoku and word searches. I don’t think blogging counts for me as its part of my business.

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