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The Importance of Hobbies And Creative Pursuits

Day 26 of our 30 Day Stress Reduction and Relaxation Challenge

Do you have a hobby or are you doing something creative like writing for fun, painting, or doing metal or woodworking? There are some really great benefits to these hobbies and creative pursuits. They are good for the soul, help you think outside the box in your regular job, and of course help you de-stress and bring balance to your life.

That’s what today’s blog post is all about:

Let’s talk about hobbies and doing something creative today. To be a little more specific, today’s blog post is about how they can help you stress less and relax more. In short, hobbies and other creative pursuits bring balance to your life. They are the perfect counterpoint to what you do at work and in your day-to-day life at home.

We don’t have to tell you that things can get stressful, or mind-numbingly boring and unfulfilling both at work and at home. There are plenty of chores to get through each week and it can feel like they suck the life right out of you. They are usually interspersed with periods of high pressure and stress. It’s easy to see that this isn’t the ideal environment to relax and distress. We need something else in our life that balances it out.

Having a hobby or doing something creative is the ideal way to do this. Do you have a hobby right now? If so, now is a good time to make sure you set aside some time for it each week. When we get busy with “have to do’s” it’s easy to get out of balance and let the fun and relaxing stuff slide. Our hobbies and pastimes are often the first thing to go.

If you don’t have any hobbies right now and your time and energy is completely absorbed by work and family, it’s time to change that. Start by thinking about the things you used to enjoy. Think back on a time when you had some hobbies and interests. Maybe it was before the kids were born. Maybe it was before you started working full-time, or maybe it was as far back as high school. That’s ok. Does anything that you used to do spark your interest?

If it does, now is a great time to rekindle your love for the hobby. Maybe you used to love painting with watercolours, or you had fun creating funky art. It doesn’t matter what it was, get out your old supplies, buy a few new ones and see if you still like it as much. If not, that’s ok.

If you don’t enjoy your old hobbies anymore, don’t fret. You’ve grown as a person over the past years and so have your interests. Don’t be afraid to look into something new. Browse the interent for inspiration. See what classes are available in your community, Andrea and Emma deliver some fabulous craft workshops here at The Full Spectrum Centre Limited and locally all over Tameside. Find out what your friends are doing. Then just give as many of them a try as you’d like. Try everything that seems interesting and see what holds your attention. It may take a little trial and error, but we’re sure you’ll find at least one past time that’s perfect for you.

It will provide you with the creative outlet and relaxation that you need to balance out your busy life. Before you know it, it will be part of your life and you wouldn’t want to miss it. When you find it, let us know what you decided to do. We always love to hear what others find relaxing and inspiring… and who knows, you may give someone else an idea for the perfect hobby to try.

Day 26’s Stress-busting Mantra is “Limits exist only in the mind”

Do you agree? What’s your favorite hobby? Hit reply and share or visit our Facebook group.

In case you missed one of our posts, here is what we’ve shared so far:

Day 1 – The Dangers of Stress

Day 2 – The Importance Of Rest And Relaxation

Day 3 – Quick Stress Buster: Take A Nap

Day 4 – How To Know That You’re Too Stressed

Day 5 – Quick Stress Buster: Take a Breath

Day 6 – Taking Time to Relax Actually Helps You Get More Done

Day 7 – Quick Stress Buster: Go For A Walk

Day 8 – Yourself Before You Can Take Care Of Everyone Else

Day 9 – Quick Stress Buster: Try Meditation

Day 10 – Work Hard and Play Hard

Day 11 – Quick Stress Buster: Plant Something

Day 12 – The Value of Doing Nothing At All

Day 13 – Quick Stress Buster: Start Journaling

Day 14 – Your Stuff May Be Stressing You Out

Day 15 – Quick Stress Buster: Lose Yourself in a Book or Movie

Day 16 – Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Day 17 – Quick Stress Buster: Laugh Out Loud

Day 18 – Active Relaxation vs. Passive Relaxation and Why You Need Both

Day 19 – Quick Stress Buster: Phone a Friend

Day 20 – Listen To Your Body – It Tells You When to Slow Down

Day 21 – Quick Stress Buster: Brew a Cup of Tea

Day 22 – Time To Find and Cut Out Stressors

Day 23 – Quick Stress Buster: Hit the Gym

Day 24 – Carve Out Time for Quiet Contemplation

Day 25 – Quick Stress Buster: Do Something Indulgent Just For You

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