Let’s talk about hobbies and doing something creative today. To be a little more specific, today’s blog post is about how they can help you stress less and relax more. In short, hobbies and other creative pursuits bring balance to your life. They are the perfect counterpoint to what you do at work and in your day-to-day life at home.
I don’t have to tell you that things can get stressful, or mind-numbingly boring and unfulfilling both at work and at home. There are plenty of chores to get through each week and it can feel like they suck the life right out of you. They are usually interspersed with periods of high pressure and stress. It’s easy to see that this isn’t the ideal environment to relax and distress. We need something else in our life that balances it out.
Having a hobby or doing something creative is the ideal way to do this. Do you have a hobby right now? If so, now is a good time to make sure you set aside some time for it each week. When we get busy with “have to do’s” it’s easy to get out of balance and let the fun and relaxing stuff slide. Our hobbies and pastimes are often the first thing to go.
If you don’t have any hobbies right now and your time and energy is completely absorbed by work and family, it’s time to change that. Start by thinking about the things you used to enjoy. Think back on a time when you had some hobbies and interests. Maybe it was before the kids were born. Maybe it was before you started working full-time, or maybe it was as far back as high-school. That’s ok. Does anything that you used to do spark your interest?
If it does, now is a great time to rekindle your love for the hobby. Maybe you used to love painting with watercolors, or you had fun creating funky art with your welder and old scrap metal pieces. It doesn’t matter what it was, get out your old supplies, buy a few new ones and see if you still like it as much. If not, that’s ok.
If you don’t enjoy your old hobbies anymore, don’t fret. You’ve grown as a person over the past years and so have your interests. Don’t be afraid to look into something new. Browse the craft and home improvement store for inspiration. See what classes are available in your community. Find out what your friends are doing. Then just give as many of them a try as you’d like. Try everything that seems interesting and see what holds your attention. It may take a little trial and error, but I’m sure you’ll find at least one past time that’s perfect for you.
It will provide you with the creative outlet and relaxation that you need to balance out your busy life. Before you know it, it will be part of your life and you wouldn’t want to miss it. When you find it, let me know what you decided to do. I always love to hear what others find relaxing and inspiring… and who knows, you may give someone else an idea for the perfect hobby to try.