Too busy for a hobby? Running around after the family or just too busy from work? No time for yourself? Perhaps it’s time to make time.
Firstly, let’s look at the health benefits. According to research (don’t you just love that overused phrase!), taking part in enjoyable activities is a good way to reduce blood pressure. Presumably this is because you’re away from your usual day to day routine so you’re under less stress. That seems like common sense to me. Surely, being on the conveyor belt of everyday life can’t be good for you all the time?
Let’s say you’ve always fancied yourself as a bit of a writer but just never got around to putting pen to paper. Schedule a couple of hours every week to really have a go at it. This could be before the rest of the family get up, after they’ve all gone to bed, your lunch break - there are numerous opportunities if you think about it. Of course, the biggest time waster these days is the TV. How often do we collapse in front of the television every evening and just watch whatever’s on? Why not decide to avoid a soap or reality TV programme for a month and allocate this time to your new hobby? Before you know it, you’ll probably stop watching most things so you can spend your time doing something more productive and enjoyable.
Another good reason to get involved in a hobby is a chance to meet like-minded people. If you like reading, join a book club. And don’t worry if you think they’ll just be discussing Tolstoy or Austen – chances are that they’re be taking a look at the latest Richard and Judy recommendation. Or if you like walking, why not join a walking club? There’s bound to be a club near you with a good mix of people. What better way to stay or get fit?
Once you’ve caught the bug for your new hobby, you’ll soon find it easy to schedule it in to your daily life, mainly because it’s something you want to do rather than a chore.
So hobbies are a stress reliever as you’re taking a break, you have the opportunity to meet new friends, you learn new things, you stretch yourself, it makes you more interesting as you’ll have more things to talk about, stops you wasting time and exercises your mind as well as your body so you’ll sleep better.