The Benefits of Having a Hobby you Love

By on August 29, 2016

Life's a hobby quoteSometimes we need to be encouraged to take a break and have some fun. These days, people are working too hard and so, after a long and busy day, it is so easy to flop down on the sofa and spend your time watching TV.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to make you feel guilty for doing that – it’s a great way to unwind after a long day at work or being busy in the home. Watching your favourite TV programme or a great movie or documentary or football match can give you that much needed break from the day-to-day activities . The problem sometimes is that it is just too easy and we miss out on the opportunity to develop interests and hobbies. Our down time can get flittered away, changing channels and that valuable time that we could utilise to develop interests and hobbies is gone forever.

Having a hobby encourages you to take a break —but a break with a purpose. If you’re like me, you might like to feel productive while you’re engaging in an activity and a hobby gives you that. You are doing something while still having fun. Hobbies are great ways to take a break from your busy life while still having a sense of purpose.

When you take up a new hobby or interest it has a very positive impact on you.  It might be challenging, to begin with, as you learn new skills, but it can make you feel very excited and happy to be bringing this new interest into your life. When you’re doing something you love—something you don’t have to do for any other reason other than the fact that you love it—you feel a great sense of fulfilment.

Your hobby could be yoga or pilates, for example. Not only are you going to be benefitting from exercising your body, you are getting out into a social environment, meeting new people and developing an interest that can engage with throughout your life. Whatever your age, there’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life. People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of depression.

Hobbies break up routine and challenge you in new ways, ways that are different from work, ways that are very positive. The great thing about taking up a new hobby is that it provides an excellent outlet for challenging yourself. Hobbies offer the opportunity to learn new skills and gain new knowledge. When you find something you love doing, it can even present an opportunity to pursue it as a career.

When you are involved with your hobby or interest, you are very much in the present moment. Whatever interests you –  if you are writing a poem or baking a cake or working out in the gym or out for a run, this is what you have chosen to do at this moment in time and it is your time.

Finding a new hobby isn’t always easy. You can’t just force yourself to like something; it has to come naturally. If you don’t already have something you’re interested in (or might be interested in), try new things. Sign up for a class that sounds interesting. The key to finding a new hobby—and falling in love with it—is keeping an open mind and being willing to give new things a try. You never know what might become your next favourite past-time!

 

If you are looking for some inspiration, check out this weeks Cafe Time, with lots of new classes, courses and clubs listed

 

 

Cafe Time – Area 2 – 25/8/2016

 

 

 


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