Life shouldn’t be all work and no play.
We all have busy lives and it can be difficult to find the time to do things for ourselves and relax.
Often when life gets busy any hobbies, interests or passions we have get dropped. However, this is when it’s most important to keep up with them.
Here’s why everyone should have at least one hobby they can do in their free time.
Good for mental health
Having an interest that is separate to work is hugely beneficial for your mental health. It’s a great way to relieve stress and recentre yourself.
A hobby can help keep your priorities straight and remind you that work isn’t everything.
Helps keep your brain healthy
Just because you’re finished with formal education doesn’t mean you should stop learning.
There’s always more to learn and doing so will ensure that your brain stays sharp. After all, your brain needs a workout just as much as your body.
So make the most of your free time and start learning more about something you’ve always had an interest in.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to become fluent in a second language, learn how to play an instrument or learn more about astronomy.
Increase your confidence, self-esteem and general happiness
Taking up a new hobby that you have a genuine passion and interest in is naturally going to make you happier.
It will give you something to look forward to every day and will break up a monotonous routine.
Not to mention, the satisfaction you will feel for developing a new skill, talent or learning about a new topic will seriously boost your confidence and self-esteem.
There’s nothing better than feeling proud of your accomplishments no matter how small and taking up a hobby will allow you to feel that more often.
You will become more patient
Many hobbies will take time to get the hang of or will require time and dedication for you to learn and get better at.
This can be frustrating but if you stick with it the benefits are worth it.
Over time you may find your attitude towards difficult situations or tasks changing as the patience you developed from your hobby has made you a more positive person.
What are your favourite hobbies?