Work, eat, sleep, repeat. You probably want to get more out of your life, don’t you? Even if you’re one of those people who’s job is their hobby, and you don’t see yourself doing anything else for the rest of your life, it still is a job. Leaving “extracurricular activities” for retirement wouldn’t be wise either – people with full, busy, and often stressful lives may need hobbies even more than the average person.
Playing an instrument, cooking, woodworking, or even reading can be a hobby. The definition of a hobby is a regular activity that is done for enjoyment, typically during your leisure time. Note though that watching TV or surfing the web don’t count as hobbies, since a hobby should be something that gives you escapism, lets you pursue a passion AND feel a sense of purpose.
There are many reasons to invest in a hobby now. Most people spend too little time for enjoyable activities, bringing themselves to exhaustion, mood swings, low energy and productivity levels etc. Your life will change as you start devoting more and more time for your new hobby – whatever it would be.
Reasons To Get A Hobby
Your Stress Levels Will Reduce Dramatically
Most of the time, hobbies are some extremely engaging activities, drawing away focus from stress and negative personal issues, while giving you positive feelings, boosting creativity, increasing happiness, and enhancing your work performance. Even many of our team members have noticed that they feel much more rested and energised on Monday after spending a portion of their weekend doing what they love, rather than just laying on the couch and watching TV shows (although that’s enjoyable as well).
You’ll Meet New People
After getting invested in a hobby, you will most likely come across people with similar interests and mindsets – people that otherwise you would never meet. For example, through social media! Don’t be shy – it’ll be worth it.
You’ll Learn And Experience New Things
New hobbies are usually something completely new that you’re not an expert in (yet). Therefore, through picking up a new hobby, you will improve your skills and do things you’ve never thought you would be able to do. And that’s a pretty epic feeling, isn’t it?
You’ll Improve Your Self-Esteem
Chances are that your new hobby is going to challenge you in some way, whether it would be mentally or physically. As you overcome these challenges, your confidence will skyrocket, and you’ll feel invincible. Even if it’s being able to finally walk up 3 floors without losing your breath.
You’ll Get A Creative Boost
Most hobbies require creativity, and the more you exercise it, the more creative you become. That can directly translate into success at work – even if your job does not require creativity, a hobby can provide that spark that can be used on a problem-solving level for work or other tasks in life.
You’ll Clear Your Mind
As we mentioned previously, most hobbies require quite a lot of your focus and attention, leaving little to no space for thoughts about work, problems, bills, to-dos etc., which in result clears your mind and helps you feel more at peace. Making yourself focus on something very enjoyable for a couple of hours a week can rejuvenate the mind and help better prepare you to handle the challenges in the future. And in some cases, it’ll even save you some trouble with the police:
BELGIUM: 79 year old woman driving 240 km/h in a Porsche Boxster in the middle of the night told police that she ‘wanted to clear her head’.
— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) July 30, 2017
Tips on selecting a hobby
It Should Be Challenging
Find something that is progressively more challenging but does not have such a steep learning curve that it will be years before you see any progress.
Focus On Your Strengths
It is a good idea to focus on something that you have some natural aptitude for.
Solo vs Social
Do you feel more energized by sharing special moments with like-minded people or do you just want to have something for yourself? Figuring out what works best for you now, can help you with the pursuit of this new hobby.
It Should Be Appropriate For Your Budget
Analyze how much you can and are willing to invest in a hobby. You can choose something like hiking, which can be done for free, or gardening, for which you likely are going to have to invest some money for tools and seeds, or opt for going over the top with your new vintage car collection.
Keep on Trying
If you don’t like your first pick, don’t give up and keep trying. Try new activities in different settings until you discover something you really love. And if you get sick of it, move on!
Woodworking can be defined as the art of creating things out of different types of wood with the help of tools. As one of the oldest crafts in the world, woodworking is used to make decorative as well as utilitarian objects. Sounds interesting?
In order to start, you will only need a few basic tools and tackle a couple of projects to see if you really enjoy woodworking. You can look for some free simple woodworking plans on the internet. Also check if you have enough space to work (a garage or a back patio will work) and safety gear (at least invest in good safety glasses and a dust mask). Also, check some tips for the beginner woodworker to craft like a pro.
Gardening entails the activity of growing plants in a certain area for the purpose of visual beauty, consumption, or even medicinal use. Most people commonly start in their own front or back yard and slowly work on developing their garden into what they want to achieve.
Learning to cook is one of the most enjoyable and easy way to get into hobbies. A perfect cooking hobbyist is anybody who enjoys eating and likes to experiment with new and creative flavors. The Kitchn shares 5 guides to help you set up your kitchen with the best basics, while Pinterest is a great source for you to scavenge some great beginners recipes and you can look for the things that you really like to eat!
Playing Musical Instruments
Picking an instrument to learn as an adult can be a very intimidating prospect, but it doesn’t have to be. As an adult, you have a better knowledge of your taste in music, and have access to a wider range of instruments.
ThoughCo brings a series of questions that you should ask yourself before you choose an instrument and even helps you find out if playing an instrument is the right hobby for you. Answering questions like what kind of instrument you like or in what sort of situations you could see yourself playing is a great starting point for your newfound love for music.
Just as with learning to play a musical instrument, the keyword for tackling photography as a hobby is patience. But don’t worry – you will be able to make great photos, but it’s not something you can learn to do overnight.
Nowadays, everybody has a camera available to them, and even without the professional gear, you can set out on a photography adventure yourself by trying new angles and different compositions. As you move along and learn more about it, you can upgrade to more professional equipment. The toughest part is probably deciding on what kind of photography you would like to focus on – while some people enjoy landscape photography, some specialize in portraits, nature or wildlife photography.
As this hobby can become very technical very soon, we’d encourage you to find some free online courses for best results.
Reading is one of the easiest hobbies to get into – it’s cheap, it can be done anywhere, any time, for no matter how short or long. You just need to be willing to start. These days, the internet allows you to easily buy new, used or even free books. If you feel like reading might not be your cup of tea, how about listening? Most books today also have free audio book options available.
And now, over to you. Do you have hobbies? If so, what are they? Let us know in the comments below!
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