Hobbies don’t receive enough credit in today’s fast paced world. The abundance of technology is prompting us at every turn and job responsibilities increasing daily, Spending time on a hobby is not something everyone makes a priority. This trend is troubling in the sense that those without hobbies are missing out on the vast benefits they provide. Beyond just relieving stress, hobbies can enhance your life, making a significant impact on your health and quality of life. Here, we’re sharing five surprising ways a hobby can enhance your life.
What constitutes a hobby?
The basic definition of hobby is something you enjoy doing in your free time. It should build off of your interests and whatever you find enjoyable or relaxing. There’s no right answer for what constitutes a hobby. They can range from something physical, like sports or dancing, to something more meditative, such as painting or cooking. For some people, hobbies stem from childhood interests. Others may need to spend some time testing out potential hobbies before they land on one, or a few, that pique their interest. Fortunately, the process of finding a hobby can be a lot of fun. It can even inspire you to try new things and meet new people.
How Hobbies Can Enhance Your Life
Apart from the assumed leisurely benefits of a pastime, there are several notable ways hobbies can enhance your life.
Improving and maintaining good health is a priority for us all, so why not make it fun? Hobbies can have a significant impact on your physical and mental well-being. They offer a pleasant outlet to spend time and energy
while also allowing you to mentally decompress. Depending on your interests, physically active hobbies are a great way to blow off steam while simultaneously getting in some exercise. Dancing, gardening, sports or a fun workout class can all contribute to a healthy heart, strong bones and a healthy weight.
Additionally, thanks to the serotonin physical activity stimulates, a physical hobby can improve your mood and overall mental health. Research shows that hobbies can improve your ability to cope with stress and overwhelm. Additionally, another study of roughly 1,400 people found that people who regularly engage in leisurely activities have lower blood pressure, total cortisol, waist circumference and body mass index. All things that can tribute to a better quality of life, just by enjoying yourself!
Hobbies aren’t only beneficial to your personal life, but your professional life and career success as well. Several creative and self-fulfilling hobbies are associated with positive work-related traits. That, in turn, can help in your professional growth. Many of today’s business leaders have spoken out on their preferred hobbies. They speak of and how they’ve contributed to their careers and general success both in and out of the office. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for example, makes a good point in reference to how hobbies can prepare you for landing a job. He states: “having a hobby shows prospective employers that you have passion and drive.”
Once you’ve landed your dream job, a hobby can help to improve your performance. It can even help develop the skills necessary for business environments. Avid tennis player and Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd, for example, has made the comparison between athletic hobbies and business performance stating. “In business you have to perform individually, but you’re a part of a team”, he reports. It’s a scenario that mimics professional expectations. Utilizing a hobby as an outlet to improve your career-enhancing skills. This will allow you to advance your personal growth in an environment where you feel comfortable.
Another surprising benefit of taking up a new hobby is it’s potential to save you money. For instance, if you’re someone who really enjoys trying new foods and you go out to eat a lot, consider testing your hand in cooking! Cooking can be a great way to relieve stress while still allowing you to try new recipes. Most important, it means you’ll spend less money on dinners out. If something like crafting is more your thing, you could try experimenting with sites like Etsy to see if you can secure a market to sell your designs and make money that way.
An insufficient social life can leave you feeling lonely and anxious. Hobbies are a great way to escape that feeling and insert yourself into more social situations. Group activities, like taking a class, joining a sports team or a book club, are great ways to enjoy yourself and meet new people with similar interests. Older individuals in particular may find group hobbies especially rewarding as they can become regularly occurring activities to get out of the house and socialize.
Self confidence – The Ultimate Way Hobbies Can Enhance Your Life
Learning a new skill or improving on a current talent through a hobby can be a great way to build confidence and self esteem. Activities that encourage you to apply yourself and demonstrate your abilities in front of others, such as playing a musical instrument or dancing, can build a sense of empowerment and improve your confidence in front of others. Chairman of Cardinal Health, George Barrett has spoken about his passion for music and the positive impact it has made on his leadership abilities, demonstrating the impact hobbies can have on your personal assurance.
All in all, the message we hope to leave you with is: get a hobby! Whether you partake in your preferred pastime once a month or once a day, the benefits you’ll receive will be worth it.
Author Bio: Maddie Davis is co-founder of Enlightened Digital and a tech-obsessed female from the Big Apple. She lives by building and designing websites, running marathons and reading anything and everything on the NYT Best Sellers list.