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Hobbies: Find the right one for you

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Hobbies: Find the right one for you

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Written by  Staff Writer
Saturday, 05 August 2017 09:31

Most of us in our day-to-day life are suffering from high levels of stress, and we all need an outlet to help reduce it. Having a hobby is a great way to do so, but more than that, an hobby is also a way of creating an outlet for our own creativity and also a way to meet new people and forge new friendships.

In fact, there are lots of ways hobbies are good for you. But if you don’t have a regular leisure activity that you enjoy, it can be difficult to decide which one will be enjoyable for you.

But first let’s look at the definition of a Hobby. What is it? How do we define it? Here are some guidelines to bassist you in finding the one that best fits your personality and interests.

 

What is a Hobby?

Hobbies are simply anything you do that’s for fun. You aren’t getting paid to do it, it’s something you like to do with your free time that helps you de-stress, unwind and connect with other people. For many, it seems like that their only leisure activities are watching television, reading a newspaper or following up what is happening in their Facebook pages. That’s a pity, because hobbies - whether you are designing and making quilts to collecting old cars - has tangible benefits.

Why are Hobbies important?

Because hobbies often provide a creative outlet that you might not get in your everyday life. They allow you to do something that’s just for you that can help you forget your daily problems, unwind after a hard day and give you a lot of pleasure.

It will help you to link with like-minded people in your area; it is a great way to meet new people and experience new adventures, whether that’s taking on a new walking trail or going on a fishing expedition.

Go back to your youth days

Are there things you enjoyed as a kid that you might still enjoy as an adult? Maybe you had an awesome record collection, loved to sew clothes for your dolls or were always out on your bike. Those are all things you could pick up again as an adult that would make great hobbies. Or take a look around your home right now, look at projects that you started a while ago but have neglected. Maybe it’s time to finish that crochet table cloth or to pick up your guitar again.

Start searching

If something from your past doesn’t immediately jump out at you, it might be useful to hit the crafts store, the sport stores, charity and antique shops, or the nearest bookstore or your local library. Browse around and see what captures your attention. Maybe you find yourself drawn to the cookbooks or the scrap booking section; this could give you a clue as to what might interest you to pick-up as a hobby. Or you can just go to this compreensive list that we've put up.

Start small and Don't rush it

If you’re adding a new thing into your life, you have to take time and focus away from something else. The good news is that most of us have a lot of time we’re not using well, either because we’re spending a lot of time online or watching TV or just wasting time we could be spending on our hobbies.

See if you can dedicate at least 30 minutes  on a regular basis to explore your interest.  Try and do it at least two or three times a week. Start a diary where you record the things that caught your attention. At the end of 4 to six weeks you should have a reasonable list of things that really interests you. Then start by selecting the one that resonates with you the most, and start in small steps to enjoy it. Test if that is really the "hobby" for you, do it for at least 6-months.

 

Final word

Of course everyone is different and your personality will play a role in what sorts of hobbies you will enjoy and end up getting involved with. If you get bored quickly, you might feel like taking on projects that have a quick outcome rather than long-term projects.

Think about the things you already like and how they might expand.

The truth is you may not hit the perfect activity for you right away, but you can have a lot of fun trying out new things and exploring what’s out there. Do some web searches, visit the library, don’t be afraid to try new things, and soon you’ll have a hobby that provides you with a lot of fun and stress relief, too.

 

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