Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or the busiest of industry tycoons, we are all subject to overload. Physical and emotional burnout is one of the most significant causes of lost productivity. It may seem counterintuitive to add one more task to what is perceived as an already bloated schedule, but there are significant life benefits to having a hobby.
First and foremost it is a stress buster. When we are doing our day-to-day activities we become wrapped up in the overall outcome of out efforts. Whatever the job may be it is human nature to first look back at the task we have just completed and evaluate it to see if the completed task was sufficient to me the goals set out to be accomplished. Next we then worry how our current effort will affect the next demand placed on our resources. It would seem that a person is constantly living in three places at once the past, the present, and the future. How can you ever be content with yourself if you never see a task as complete? A hobby allows you to become focused in the present only. As one becomes engrossed in their hobby, they become so centered that they are able to relieve the stress of past or future worry.
One of the major complaints we have with ourselves is that we are boring. I go to work and I come home, same old same old. By becoming more and more focused on our jobs and responsibilities we become narrow and one-dimensional. A hobby provides us with the opportunity to develop in other directions thus opening our personal horizons to new facets of life. It allows us to meet new people with similar hobby interests to our own. We can begin to experience and see new avenues of thought and creativity. This allows us to approach our day-to-day with fresh perspectives and ideas for succeeding in our goals.
Hobbies can lead you to new opportunities, which can lead you to personal growth in your current routine duties. You can experiment with doing a task multiple ways when you are performing your hobby a failure here is no catastrophe, but a success has the potential to teach you new directions to accomplish your goals in faster and more efficient ways.
How many times have you asked yourself, why does no one appreciate my efforts. As the seemingly endless repetition of your job requirements drags on and on with out accolade it becomes easy to develop self-loathing and a loss of self-worth. This in turn sucks the very joy of life out of you faster than an emotional vampire. A successful hobby can provide a sense of ongoing accomplishment and improved self-esteem. Again this can significantly improve you routine work outcomes, as you are able to engage in your work a day tasks without dread. Self-confidence is a key to success in any endeavor. As you begin to exhibit this trait others will come to appreciate what you bring to the table of life.
Hobbles are more than just stress relievers, they can be lifesavers. Studies have shown time and again that having a hobby or even more than one hobby can improve your life. There are endorphin releases, which improve mode. People with extracurricular activities experience decreased blood pressure. They have improved immune responses and are better able to fight off minor illnesses.
No less a person than Sir Winston Churchill once said:
“Broadly speaking, human beings may be divided into three classes: those who are toiled to death, those who are worried to death and those who are bored to death.”
To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real. It is no use starting late in life to say: “I will take an interest in this or that.” Such an attempt only aggravates the strain of mental effort.”
Throw yourself in and get a hobby, give your self-permission to enjoy. It is OK to do something you want to do instead of always what you have to do. As you expand your life with hobbies do not be surprised to find that your already full cup now seems less full and ready for a top up.