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Get A Hobby!

Have you ever told someone that they need a hobby? Or have you heard someone say ‘that person needs a hobby!’? More than likely they said that because they or the other person were down, depressed, or mentally exhausted or exhaustive.

The idea behind having a hobby is to relax and spend some quality time with themselves, or even as a group activity that you do with people you enjoy being around.

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So what counts as a hobby? A hobby can be any activity done regularly during spare or leisure time for pleasure. Whether you do something creative, athletic, academic, or something more individualized, what really matters is that it is something you find meaningful and enjoyable. Hobbies can range from spending quiet time alone, visiting or eating with others, communing with nature, playing sports, and even vacationing. When we dedicate time to voluntarily engage in pleasurable activities, research shows our mental health can flourish.

But I don’t have time!

That is something I hear a lot and I’ve even said a few times. In a world that glorifies work and/or studying so many people think they have no time for a hobby. There are however a few things you can change to find that ever-elusive time!

Rather than trying to find ‘hobby time’ every day, try thinking of time in weeks to discover extra time hidden in your schedule. Dedicate a few hours to something you enjoy each week. Still struggling to find time for fun? Take a step back and say ‘no’ (or delegate) to lighten your load and make space for hobbies.

There are many times during the day we may find ourselves in autopilot mode. It’s easy to lose track of time doing mindless things like checking social media or watching television. Tune in to how you’re spending downtime, whether it’s in the morning or evening, and consider how you might use that time to indulge in something you enjoy.

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So, start a new hobby or get back to an old one. The extra benefits are great! Your mental and physical well-being will improve so much.

For instance, you will reduce stress. Just doing something you enjoy (you don’t have to be an expert at it) helps you relax. You will also enhance your overall feeling of well-being.

If you are more extroverted join group activities. Doing a hobby doesn’t have to be something you do alone. Find other people or groups that enjoy doing what you do. You just might find yourself with some new friends which is a bonus!

Maybe your hobby can be done out in nature. Talk walks, hikes, alone or in a group. Nature has always been known for its healing and stress-relieving abilities. As little as ten minutes out in nature can lead to improved mood, focus, and overall wellbeing.

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A hobby doesn’t have to be expensive. Taking a walk in nature, or visiting a library to find a book that you enjoy, even museums are usually free to get in. Maybe meditate or do yoga, or something else physical. I bet if you really thought about it you could find a dozen things to do for little to no money.

The important thing is to find something that helps you lead a life that is less stressful. You’ll thank yourself later.

5 thoughts on “Get A Hobby!

  1. I usually say that a person needs a hobby when they are busy minding other peoples business. I have so many and most are expensive hobbies though I think I have everything I need now to last me two lifetimes. I like hobbies that keep your mind so focused on what you are doing in the moment, you don’t have time to worry about what’s going on elsewhere. Right now, my hobby is moving things around. 🙂 It’s not all going to fit in here. Still unpacking. So what are your hobbies, Jackie? Hugs.

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    1. I was just thinking about you, Marlene! I was wondering how you are doing in your new place? Not quite settled yet, eh? It takes time.
      Like you, I enjoy hobbies that take me away from everything. Painting and reading are my main hobbies. I used to do a lot of crocheting, knitting, and needlework but haven’t in years. Too hard on my arthritic hands. Reading as a hobby isn’t quite as expensive as it used to be now that I have a Kindle. Lots of really good free books out there. 🙂

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      1. For you it’s the hands. For me it’s the back. I can’t sit up at the machine for lone periods. Embroidery by hand works well on the sofa as long as the eyes are still working. I agree with the expense of reading. I get so many books for free and read so much on the tablet. I have no space left for more books and no where to put the books I have. Solution yet to be found. No time to read or write at this time. Soon though. Getting close.

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  2. I suppose my writing is a hobby. After I move, if I get some discipline and write full time, it might finally become a job. My hobby right now (based on something you enjoy) is packing boxes. 🙂 For every box taped up, I feel a little happier. Happiness is on the horizon. Nice post, Jackie!

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