How can hobbies save your life, your brain, and your sanity during tough times
Not only are hobbies fun, but they are also part of the 8 essential dimensions of wellness.
Hobbies keep the mind healthy by maintaining brain functions. When practicing a hobby your brain remains active therefore potentially preventing brain degeneration diseases. When you develop a hobby, you learn new things, you activate your brain, you explore possibilities, you are stimulated, you are creative. Hobbies can be a lifesaver during tough times, when money is low, or when we can’t engage in social activities. There are so many reasons why hobbies are essential and even life-saving. Let’s explore a few.
Time flies when you have a passion.
When you immerse yourself in an activity that you feel passion for, time flies. You get up in the morning, get started, and before you know it’’s supper time. You catch yourself thinking:” Damn,… I should make an effort to go outside today!”
And it’s okay, this is the upside of having a hobby. Time flies and you don’t even realize it.
Hobbies help you make friends
Hobbies make for very interesting conversations. They also bring people that have similar interests together. There are often conventions, conferences, chat rooms, hang out spots where you can meet like-minded people and share your personal experiences, creations, and discoveries. They are a great way to make new friends.
Hobbies help you cope with stress
When you take on a hobby, you can focus your mind on the passions that make you happy therefore blocking negative thinking about everyday life stresses. It gives you something to look forward to if you are having a bad day and helps you relax. Hobbies will help your brain focus on the thing that you enjoy most doing, and will give you a much-needed break from daily life routines.
Hobbies give you skills
Needless to say that hobbies teach you new skills. The more you practice, the better you get and there is nothing more satisfying than being successful at something that we love doing. In the long term, these skills can serve you well, as you never know when your new abilities might come in handy. Who knows when the next business opportunity will present itself at your doorstep.
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