While it may seem as though our bodies are just meant to be stressed out all the time, that actually couldn’t be farther from the truth. Although it’s easier said than done, we need to create a balance of work and rest, but this is often hard for us to even fathom in a world that’s driven by what we can achieve day-to-day. But here’s the thing, when you have a hobby to enjoy outside of work, your brain is simply healthier. Let’s look at the facts.
What would you do with a perfect weather kinda day? You know, the kind of day that starts cool, then warms up with the sun, it’s clear, there’s a nice breeze, and it’s not too hot, but just warm enough? Would you spend the day kayaking, hiking the trails, or just taking it all in while you do a little yoga outdoors? Physical hobbies are great for both your body and your mind. Not only will your brain function improve, but so will your blood pressure, bones, and muscles.
Not super into that first group of activities? That’s okay. Maybe you’re more of a gardener or you prefer making some kind of art like painting or working with pottery. More mental hobbies are proven to be major stress relievers because they force us to focus on something else. Hobbies also give us a sense of control as well as a sense of accomplishment, both of which can do wonders for our mental health and significantly reduce depression.
If you’re more of a ‘gotta try the newest restaurant in town’ kinda person, that’s a hobby too. This is known as a social hobby and these hobbies are great at creating bonds with other people, and by adding those extra layers of support in our lives, we can significantly reduce everyday stress.
Maybe you’re really into writing, baking, or knitting; these creative hobbies are especially important if you thrive while you’re being creative but don’t necessarily have a creative job. The really cool thing about being creative and having a creative hobby is that this outlet trains your brain to kinda just be creative all the time.
Sometimes the biggest challenge is simply finding something outside of work that you love to do, something that ignites your zest for life a little bit. If you aren’t sure where to start consider whether you prefer to spend your time alone or with other people, is there a new skill you’ve always wanted to develop, how much time can you devote to your new hobby, and how much money do you want to invest in it? Happy hobby hunting!