Our leisure time is valuable and taking part in hobbies and interests is an important part of life after stroke.
What can I do in my spare time?
After a stroke, it may not be as easy to do the things you did before, but it's not impossible.
There are lots of things out there that can help you continue to enjoy hobbies and other activities. These include adaptations and specialist equipment, organisations offering advice, and local groups that you can join.
You may want to return to interests you enjoyed before your stroke, or try out some new ones. Here are some things you could try:
- animals – keeping a pet
- arts and crafts – drawing, painting, pottery
- cinema or theatre
- cooking – trying new recipes, baking, cake decorating
- days out – visiting art galleries or museums
- music – listening to music or playing an instrument, singing
- photography – taking photos or visiting exhibitions
- puzzles and games – crosswords, sudoku, playing board games or computer games
- reading – books or newspapers or magazines
- needlecraft – patchwork, knitting, emobroidery, tapestry
- sport – watching or taking part
- writing – letters, stories or poetry, writing to a pen friend.
Where can I get information and advice?
If you want to try a new hobby, or return to an old one, but you're not sure how, try talking to some other stroke survivors to get some advice.
Stroke clubs and groups offer support for people who have had a stroke and are a good way of meeting other stroke survivors and their families. Clubs and groups are usually run by volunteers and regular meetings are held in local halls or community centres.
Each club and group is different, but most offer activities. These can include everything from speakers, outings and art classes through to communication and exercise sessions. Find out if we have a stroke club in your area.
You could also try:
- contacting your local council for details of day centres and clubs close to you. Some councils will have this information on their website.
- looking out for leaflets and posters in your local library. They may have details of local clubs and events.
- speaking to someone at your nearest adult education centre to find out about courses you can take such as arts and crafts, computer skills and exercise classes. They may also have taster courses where you can try out a new activity.
- read our free magazine, Stroke News. It's full of stories and personal advice from stroke survivors and their carers.
- our online tool Equip Stroke can help you find the right aids and equipment, including ones that can help you enjoy hobbies such as craft activities, games, gardening and walking.
- sign up to receive the Disability Now newsletter. It contains news and stories that are relevant to people with disabilities, including events listings and articles about travel, sport and entertainment.
Find out more
There are more tips and organisations to contact in our guide R09, Leisure activities after stroke. Why not take a look?