I love hobbies. Hobbies are uplifting because we do what we love without adding any perfection or time pressures. Hobbies are a positive slice in the balance of our lives.
The wonderful thing about hobbies is that they can turn into businesses, doing what we enjoy and making money at it. Win-win.
Today, I am focusing on the benefits of hobbies, not so much the business end (when the hobby becomes work).
A hobby is defined (by Webster’s) as “doing something we love in our spare time.” Meaning:
- We aren’t getting paid for our hobbies.
- Hobbies help to relieve stress.
- Hobbies are an excellent way to vanish burnout.
If you do not have any hobbies, but feel you need one, here are several ways to seek a hobby out:
Dig into your past. What did you enjoy doing that you might want to do today? What do others do that you might want to do?
Visit places you do not normally frequent, and be mindful of your interests:
- Antique store
- Hobby store or show
- Second hand store
- Flea market
- Farmer’s market
- Tool store
- Music store (instruments and recorded music)
Read DIY books. Either purchase the books or visit the library. You Tube is also a great way to discover interests.
Finding a hobby that fits your personality is important. If you have little patience, you might not want to select a hobby that requires weeks, or months, to see the end results. If you lack in patience, pick up a project that can be finished quickly.
I believe hobbies are important to us in life. Our hobby may be as simple as collecting books or music, or collecting beads for jewelry, but this is time that is invested in us, which invokes creativity, and eases stress out of our core.
What hobbies do you partake in? These are some of mine: jewelry making (wire earrings and bracelets), aromatherapy (certified, but enjoy delving in just for me), sewing (aprons, yes, I lack in patience but love this hobby), reading (How many books are you currently reading? Depends upon your mood, right?), writing (I keep journals, which is the hobby end of my writing), soap making (was a business, now a great hobby).