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Try something new

Trying something new can be a huge learning curve. It can take you out of your comfort zone, meet new people or maybe even find a new talent.

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What is it?

  • Trying something you haven’t tried before or haven’t done for a long time
  • The list is endless, have a think about if there is anything you’ve always wanted to try - maybe now is the time
  • If you try something and don’t enjoy it, that is fine, you don’t need to do it again. But be pleased with yourself that you have given it a go. If you didn’t enjoy it, why not and what else could you try that you may like more?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Making a new recipe - perhaps replicate your favourite takeaway meal
  • Joining a sports club
  • Trying an activity you haven’t done for a while eg riding your bike
  • Setting yourself a goal such as going for a walk once a day
  • Learning a language
  • Reading a different genre of book
  • Trying a new art technique eg watercolour painting
  • Going to visit a new place
  • Volunteering at a local animal shelter
  • Signing up for a local club eg a book club

How does it help?

  • Give you confidence
  • Improve your brain function
  • Start a new hobby
  • Improve both your mental and physical health
  • Meet new people
  • Learn new skills
  • Help to fill your time
  • Have fun
  • Creating memories
  • Increased creativity
  • Learning more about yourself

How do I do it?

  • Look at local notice boards in areas such as newsagents, leisure centres, library etc
  • Google - search your location and the topic you are interested in
  • Explore local social networks for your area eg your town’s Facebook group
  • Ask your friends/family for recommendations, ask one of them to come along and give it a go with you
  • Think about something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t got around to yet. Have a think about what barriers have been in place before stopping you giving it a go and try to overcome these
  • Lots of things are free such as some online podcasts, YouTube videos, local Park Run (5k runs), duolingo (to learn a new language)
  • Speak to your local job centre/careers advisor

Apps that can help

Couch to 5k

NHS Couch to 5K will help you gradually work up towards running 5km in just 9 weeks.

Couch to 5k at the Apple app storeCouch to 5k at the google play store


The free, fun, and effective way to learn a language!

Duolingo at the Apple app storeDuolingo at the google play store

Useful links

Parkrun - parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world.BBC Good FoodPinterest - Discover recipes, home ideas, style inspiration and other ideas to try.TED Talks - 900+ talks to stir your curiosity