General, Mental Health

Why It’s Important to Have Hobbies

August 27, 2017

As someone who doesn’t like stopping I have had many hobbies in the past and have a fair few now. This is because it does keep me going and stops me from being stuck in a place where I am overworking myself and not giving myself time to enjoy life. It’s important to have hobbies, it’s a way of relaxing with out feeling lazy (which I have definitely felt recently.) and that’s just one of the few reasons why it’s important to have hobbies.

My hobbies can mostly be seen throughout this blog, photography, blogging, writing, poetry and recently I’ve been getting in to baking and cooking. For a long time acting was my hobby as well, but with limited groups in Aberdeen it just doesn’t seem possible right now, but that does give me a chance to focus on the other hobbies.

Why It’s Important to have hobbies

1. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Yes, that is a quote from The Shining. I like films. Shhhhh. It’s true though, If you work and work and work with nothing else in your life you’ll find yourself in a monotonous routine that’s really difficult to break out of, but definitely doesn’t make you happy. If you take an hour out a week, not much, to do something you enjoy doing and just sit back and relax you will feel so much less dull. If you take a baking class you can make new friends even. The possibilities are endless!

2. You’ll feel like doing more

Do you get home from work and plonk yourself on the couch to watch TV instead of doing something a little more productive? Believe me, we’ve all been there. However, if you have hobbies that you do regularly and enjoy you’ll be much more inclined to do more with your evenings that watch the next dose of Neighbours (Or any other soap). At the moment I don’t have live TV, I only watch DVDs occasionally because I am actively blogging, photographing, cooking and baking instead. I’ve never felt more productive.

3. You’ll accomplish more

You know those people you hate? The ones who seem do to EVERYTHING and never take a break. Yeah, you’ll feel like one of them. In one year I was in an award winning show with the National Theatre of Scotland, I moved out of my mums house, had a show I’d written performed on stage (performed by me and 2 others), I was developing my writing voice (which I pray shows in this post…), planning my own theatre show (still in the works) and working full time. Do you know how much time and effort all of that takes? Over the course of the year, you’ll be surprised to know it didn’t feel like too much. I loved every minute.

4. Do it because you can

Don’t waste your precious time. Life is too short to be lived in the realms of boredom. Get up, get a hobby and don’t look back. You can do anything from knitting, drawing, model making. Whatever makes you feel relaxed and brings you joy you get out there and do something about it. Do it before it’s too late. Do it because you’re worth more than wasting your life away.

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