“You know you’re old when you’re asked, ‘Do you have hobbies?’” – Warren Beatty
Due to the Covid 19 outbreak, many persons were stuck in their houses, and many forgot their hobbies. The fun part is that 80% of those people chose watching TV and sleeping as their hobbies. That same 80% of people say work is important, and we don’t have any time for hobbies. Work occupies a major portion of our time, and it adds meaning to your life and generates income.
Spending time on self-care is important, but it’s also important to have things that you like doing which give you enjoyment and meaning in life.
Let’s go over some of the importance of maintaining those hobbies.
- Relieves Stress: Hobbies provide you a way to relieve daily pressures. Painting, reading, or any other kind of creative outlet allows you to relax and enjoy activities that are not linked to business, work, or other tasks. Even after a long, hard day at the workplace, it is your favorite pastime that will always relax you and put you in a good mood. Let’s face it, going straight home from work for dinner and bed won’t help you handle stress any better.
It may be anything: gardening, dancing, reading, dressing, yoga, etc. Go for it as long as it makes you happy and isn’t illegal.
- Out of the Box Thinker: In any workplace, the ability to think out of the box is important. When you’re faced with a challenge or stuck on a major project, you’ll use creative thinking to get through it. You may improve your problem-solving talents and creative thinking by engaging in a hobby regularly. When you’re relaxed, serotonin floods your system, decreasing blood pressure and increasing your creative ability. If you’ve ever heard the catchphrase “There are some things money can’t buy; for everything else, there’s Mastercard” you were probably hooked. It was a genius marketing line. Well, it came to the marketing person while he/she was in the shower, not while the person was in the office, thinking about it.
This is what we mean when we tell you that when you turn to anything relaxing when a project is frustrating, your mind will reset, and you will be able to return to work with a new perspective and new ideas.
- Makes You Feel Better and Happier: People with interests can share experiences and tales with others. They also gain the expertise to instruct everyone interested in the same subjects. Hobbies help to broaden your identity beyond your family and employment. They can help others get a greater feel for you, making it easier for them to connect with you.
- Increases Social Interaction: A hobby helps your interactions in society and builds connections with people. A hobby is something you may enjoy often with others. Participating in hobbies with others may frequently improve the enjoyment of the hobby since you’re doing something you enjoy with others who share your passion and excitement for the activity.
- Helps to Gain Knowledge: Another important reason for having hobbies is to broaden your horizons. Hobbies have the potential to teach you valuable life lessons. The knowledge you gain from a hobby will stay with you for life, which means you can utilize it.
- Build Confidence and Self-Esteem: Any activity in which you will grow your trust and create pride in your successes is worth partaking in. With each step forward in your interest, you are putting yourself in a position where you believe you can achieve anything. It gives a great sense of satisfaction when you put the last dot of paint on a canvas or take the last step in a dance you’ve been working on.
You will improve your confidence for the next important meeting, job interview, or project by completing a goal related to your hobby that pushes you toward excellence outside of the workplace.
- Find Inspiration: You probably don’t think all day long about work. However, if you are assigned a challenging task needs some creativity, it may be better to take a break and do something else for a while. For instance, if you’re a writer and don’t know what to write about, hobbies can be a great source of inspiration.
Maybe you could write about your hobby. Spending an hour in your yard, planting things or pulling weeds, can provide you with wonderful ideas you can implement elsewhere.
These are only a few of the many benefits of hobbies.
With the evolution of work from home, the gap between our work and leisure calendars is getting increasingly blurred. Hobbies enable you to balance your professional and personal lives, so you don’t focus on your work every waking hour. Remember to set aside time for your hobby, and be sure you dive into it with gusto.