It the busy modern world it can be difficult to find time to do something for yourself. Working in a hobby between your job, family life and all the other distractions life throws up can seem nigh on impossible. However, hobbies play an important role in our lives and in particular our mental health. By having something to do that gives you a creative outlet or a distraction from the pressures of life you mitigate some of the unavoidable stress.
Hobbies are important for more reasons than mental health. They also promote boosting brain power and cognitive function by challenging you and encouraging a different way of thinking – this is particularly important as we age. So with these reasons for having a hobby in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things you might want to start doing through the lens of different categories.
It is quite common to come across someone who has a physical hobby, partly because they get you out of the house and the feeling it gives your body is fantastic. Being active releases endorphins and serotonin in your body which help reduce stress and promote positive thinking. Depending on the kind of person you are, there are many types of physical hobbies available to you. For some, it is simply a case of joining a local gym and setting personal fitness goals. For others, there is a greater need for more direction or purpose.
Joining local sports teams or starting dance lessons are great ways to get into a new hobby that carries a social element to it. As human beings, we all need some sort of social stimulation and having that as part of a physical hobby like dancing or playing sports is a great way to achieve that requirement. In addition to the social and physical element, you will also be learning or developing a new skill which as referenced above is good for the brain.
While physical activity is just what some of us need to release the stress of the workday, some people prefer to focus their mind on other things. If that sounds like you, then you should start exploring some of the hobbies that require you to engage your brain through challenging exercises. That doesn’t mean you have to sit with sudoku every evening, unless you want to. No, there are many types of hobby that encourage you to use your mind in a creative setting.
If you like the idea of a social hobby then joining drawing classes or local theatre groups might be the ones for you. The former could fall into the physical category, but you might not want to be on the stage. There are many options for you in local theatre without having to act and sometimes just being part of the group dynamic is enough.
Having a hobby is an important part of life, so try to find something that you can get passionate about and get involved.