New Hobby, New Energy

Have you ever thought about why you need to have a hobby? I mean, besides something to talk about at dinner parties? Turns out that having a hobby can actually benefit your brain and outlook.

In today’s fast paced society, many people experience stress on a daily basis. Wether it be from work, personal life, or what toppings to add on your pizza to please a group of six.

Stress affects us mentally, physically, and emotionally. Studies show that one of the best ways of dealing with stress is having a hobby. Having a hobby allows us the ability to unleash our creativity, boost our self esteem, and staying engaged in actives that we aren’t passionate about. So start that finger painting class that you’ve been talking about!

Let’s break down these benefits a bit:

Unleash your creativity:  When you create something, you feel energized, grounded, and a sense of accomplishment. It’s funny because time seems to stop and everything seems possible when you are tapped into your mode of creativity.

Boosting your self esteem: How many times have you finished a hobby (or a wicked hard puzzle) and felt amazing!? Well, it’s proven that picking up a hobby leads to more motivation, more motivation leads to better decisions, and better decisions lead to a happier and more fulfilled life.

Staying engaged in an activity: For some odd reason, I enjoy cleaning and organizing. I am not exactly a “neat freak” but I do like things in their proper places. This strange organizing hobby of mine keeps me engaged at work when I need to organize files and keep my work space clean, something I can’t stand doing when at work. So maybe try using your hobby skills at work to get gold stars from your boss the next time you need to “boost efficiency”.

Bottom line, hobbies allow us hours away from our daily worries and hypothetical situations that we stress about (like choking on sushi every time you eat it, just me?). So the next time you wonder what the point of picking up needlepoint is, try focusing on the bigger benefits.

What’s a hobby that keeps you focused? Have you applied a hobby to work recently? What’s a new hobby you’d like to pick up? Leave your comments below and we can chat!

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Mark Alderson