Life shouldn’t be all work work work; however, what you do choose to do outside of work can actually attribute to your success at work. If you find your job or daily life very stressful, then one of the best ways to handle this is to have a hobby. There are tonnes of health benefits to having a hobby, and it is also good for making friends, building confidence and cultivating other skills that you may not get to work on as much at work. If you don’t have one already, then these are some reasons you might want to look into getting a hobby:
To Enhance Your Creativity
For most hobbies, you will need to have some sort of creativity. If you don’t get the chance to be that creative at work then having a hobby when you can be is really good for you as it’s an extremely important skill to have. Imagine when you come in from work, and you’re feeling stressed and tired, one of the worst things (albeit the most attractive thing) to do is to watch TV and while this will provide a brief distraction, doing something like going to a pottery class means you have to use your brain, but in a different way, it allows you to be creative, distracts you and also relaxes you.
To Build Your Confidence
Having a hobby is a great way to build confidence because being good at something and learning something new is very rewarding. The confidence that you can gain from challenging yourself in your hobby can be very rewarding, far more rewarding than in your job. It can help to prepare you for learning new things at work, but ultimately you’ve not only learned something new, but you’ve also now got a great sense of achievement and satisfaction and probably feel ready to take on the world.
To Reduce Stress
As mentioned, going off and doing something that you love is a great way to distract yourself and but this is also a really good way of relieving stress because it means that you have to focus your mind on something that you enjoy. Hobbies that require some level of physical activity also create chemical changes in our body that help reduce stress. If you’re learning something new as well, then it’s an extra bonus. Taking up a sport, learning something like kung fu training or joining a choir are brilliant ways to relieve stress.
To Socialize More
Starting a hobby is a great opportunity to meet new people, discuss your hobby and get more involved with bigger groups. You know that you’ll be meeting like-minded people because otherwise you wouldn’t all be there and there’s always going to be something to talk about.
If you do not have a hobby already, when you are thinking of what you can do, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Find something that is going to be progressively more challenging but not so much in that it will take years to achieve anything. Also, focus on your strengths, what are you good at already which you could put more effort into and become better at?