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- Better time-management
- Promote structure
- Build relationships
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- Take away stress
Let’s be real, news year’s resolutions don’t really last. They’re fun when you think about them, but when the new year really does come around, you find yourself compromising whatever it is you said you’d stop doing. So instead of telling yourself to stop doing certain things or specific activities in the name of self-improvement, why don’t you just consider getting a hobby instead?
“But isn’t that just like a new year’s resolution?” you say? It can be, but not quite. The essence of a resolution is to quit a habit you’ve likely formed over time. Picking up a hobby, on the other hand, is an activity you may have dabbled in, but never really got to pursue and go all out for. For this article, we’ll walk you through the many benefits of acquiring new skills. We’ll also jot down a few things you can try for yourself next year. You’ll never know you might actually learn more about yourself through these hobbies.
You’re not really busy, are you?
It’s mostly when you’re getting to know someone that you realize you don’t really have hobbies you can talk about. Go live your life as naturally as you can, but when someone asks you what your hobbies are, there’s a high chance you might not really know how to respond.
You’re not alone. Everyone’s so busy nowadays that the idea of actually picking up and sustaining hobbies sort of sound like a privilege now. Between working two jobs and trying to maintain healthy relationships, does the average adult still have time to have a hobby? It’s easy to blame everything to being hectic, but when you think about it, there’s also a huge chance our consistent busyness might just be an illusion. Of course, that’s not to undermine how tired we are. The point here is that if we have time to scroll through social media, then having a few minutes to do something else should be possible.
Because time is the biggest luxury we seem deprived of, hobbies help us better understand how valuable what we engage ourselves in. In other words, the things we do take as long as how much time is really afforded to us. For instance, if you know you have a meeting an hour earlier in the morning tomorrow, chances are, you’ll wake up earlier, too. If you need to get chores done before heading to the mall to meet your best friend, it’s likely you’ll do what you have to do in as quickly and as correctly as possible. In summary, hobbies let us create more time for ourselves because they encourage efficiency.
When we’re tired and left to ourselves, we often go the passive leisure route. We binge-watch what we can online or we check out other people’s photos and updates online. And okay, things like these are helpful and healthy for the mind now and then. The only danger is when we’re so much more engaged with passive leisure than by active leisure. If you’ve ever experienced being lost in an art project, or a riveting sport, or a nerve-wracking event you had to organize, you’ve experienced an advantageous flow. When you’re immersed in things like these, self-consciousness takes the back seat, time disappears, and you’re fully absorbed in whatever you’re doing. Hobbies, especially those that improve our skill sets, nurture a healthy state of mind in that you’re seldom idle.
Hobbies afford you opportunities to meet other people. Although a few of them are solitary in nature, many get us out in groups, speaking to people and building connections we otherwise would never have fostered if we didn’t have them. Furthermore, social connections, backed up by several studies, are an integral key to living meaningful, happy lives. Simply put, when you have a hobby, you’re more likely to be exposed to a wider selection of people. And hopefully, that helps you create more valuable space in the world for yourself.
Homies make for god stories when you’re speaking with others. They aid in adding more layers to your personality and help thicken your version of self-concept. It also helps that people naturally want to be around people who are passionate. People with direction and zeal often empower others, simply by being a radiant force of energy. When you have a hobby you enjoy doing so much, you’re more likely to talk about it with peers.
Take away stress
Imagine a long day at work. You’re tired, traffic was bad, your pitch didn’t go well. Coming home to watch TV may prove to be a quick distraction, but it really doesn’t let you face your inner problems head-on. Now imagine that after your long day at work, you head straight to a poetry group or a soccer league. These hobbies are more than just distracting. They let you remember that you are more than your employee self. There are layers of you and there are other things that you can be busy about. In summary, when you have a hobby, your eggs aren’t in one basket only.
All these mentioned, being busy with new hobbies is bound to make you feel inspired. When you’re not too competitive about what it is you’d like to learn, you become more open to ideas and you become less susceptible to being stagnant. You realize that there are other things that can keep you inspired, too. The more inspired you are, the more likely you get to inspire others, as well.
So go ahead and do something new! Whether that’s learning how to play the best French horn or being part of a theatre group, don’t shy away from putting yourself out there and expanding the many things that can take up your time. Learn how to bake a dessert, cook a dish, play an instrument, paint abstract art, go mountain climbing, or even maybe design an app. Anything that stimulates your thinking ability is worth your time.