As a veteran, it can feel strange to adjust to normal life at first and it can take some time for many people that have served for a long time. One of the best ways to settle into civilian life is with hobbies. Hobbies will give you a way to enjoy your free time, allow you to unwind and de-stress and use a range of skills.

There are a number of hobbies that are popular with veterans and these are worth trying if you find yourself struggling to know what to do with yourself during your free time. Here are a few hobbies to try.


Gardening is a popular hobby with veterans and it is easy to see why. This is a hobby that is active and allows you to enjoy spending time outdoors but also on your own property. It can also be incredibly rewarding to see the rewards of your hard work and will give you a nice space for enjoying spending time in the warmer months of the year. You may find that growing your own veg is also a rewarding activity to do in the garden that will allow you to eat a healthy diet.

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Many veterans struggle to adjust to a slower pace of life after service, which is why many gravitate towards competitive sports and exercise. This should be encouraged because it is obviously good for your physical health, but it will also be beneficial for your mental health and allow you to meet new people. A few sports and types of exercise that are popular with veterans include:

  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Weight lifting
  • Hiking
  • Basketball

Casino Games

As a veteran, it is likely that you enjoy a card game or two, and casino games can be a fun hobby that you can easily do at home on the computer or on a smartphone. You can find real money casinos online that allow you to play blackjack, poker, and all kinds of other exciting casino games like roulette, bingo, and baccarat. Many people find playing these games to be a great way to unwind at home and have some fun.


Many veterans also find art and creative hobbies to be a valuable use of time with the ability to make something and express yourself. There are all kinds of creative hobbies that are worth trying, such as:

  • Painting
  • Woodworking
  • Learning to play a musical instrument
  • Photography
  • Sketching


Fishing is another popular hobby with veterans, and it is easy to see why. It is a fun and rewarding activity, but it also gives you the chance to sit peacefully and enjoy being surrounded by nature. Many people find that this does wonder for their mental health and keeps their stress levels low.

Hopefully, this post will give you a few ideas for hobbies to try that could enrich your life in a number of ways. It can be hard to adjust to civilian life, but hobbies can be a great way to make the most out of your spare time.


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