This may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s 100% true: I can count the amount of times in my life that I have been truly bored. Like lying on my bed staring at the ceiling with nothing to do bored. Even on days off or in spurts of free time, I am always busy with something and if it’s not work-related, then it’s most likely one of my many hobbies.
Ever since I was a kid, I have had a bunch of hobbies I enjoyed diving into: reading, journaling, playing piano, crafting, nail art, and now blogging. As I have grown older, I have discovered the importance of keeping these hobbies in my life. I have also discovered that it’s rare for someone my age to have so many activities I enjoy that don’t involve electronics!
The unfortunate reality is that a lot of adults don’t have any hobbies at all! For some reason, the activities they took part in as kids didn’t translate to anything when they became adults.
I have found that many people spend their free time at the gym (which is great but let’s be honest, it’s more of a chore than a hobby for most people), going out with friends (which is also great!), or at home binging something on Netflix. Very little time is spent by themselves engaged in an activity they thoroughly enjoy.
Hobbies aren’t just the things we force little kids to do to keep them out of trouble. Their value actually increases as we get older and become apart of our identity. Here are 4 reasons why the importance of hobbies is so great as adults.
THEY MAKE IT EASIER TO UNPLUG
Most hobbies don’t require a computer or phone, which presents you with a great opportunity to unplug. I didn’t think I spent that much time on my electronics but a few months ago, I thought of a couple things:
- I imagined what fun things I could do if I replaced the little time I spent on my electronics with a hobby.
- Right after scrolling through Instagram one day, I quizzed myself on how many posts I could recall seeing. It wasn’t many and that proved how mindless it really is. I could be helping my brain in that time instead of turning it into mush!
Just think about the better things you could be doing with the time you spend on social media or watching TV. You could be learning new things or improving on a skill that will help you mentally or physically. And if you’re too tired to learn, there are plenty of hobbies that don’t require much thought and relax the mind, like yoga or knitting.
YOU’RE IN CHARGE
Between college, careers, money, and people that rely on us, sometimes it can feel as if we have no control in our lives. Hobbies can help you maintain a sense of control, freedom, and independence. You decide what hobbies you take part in, how you do them, and when you do them.
Also, it’s great to do team or couple hobbies, like chess or participating in marathons, but remember the value of keeping a solo hobby too, where you can maintain full control.
THEY PROVIDE FULFILLMENT
For me, there’s nothing like reaching a new milestone with Glamorously You or learning a song on the piano. There’s a feeling of fulfillment that comes with new accomplishments, which is wonderful for your overall mental health. It boosts your mood, lifts your self-esteem, and maintains a feeling of optimism. This is especially great when you’re going through a rough time. Your hobbies will be the constants that bring you joy!
THEY KEEP THE BRAIN SHARP
Aside from being good for your mental and/or physical health, hobbies are fantastic for keeping your motor skills and brain function in tip-top shape! You may not realize it, but these activities are exercising your brain, which is just as important as exercising the rest of your body.
What’s even better are the hobbies that you can take part in for the rest of your life! You may not be able to play basketball when you’re 80, but you will definitely still be able to play an instrument or read.
Now that you’re aware of the importance of hobbies, let’s get into some trending hobbies you might be interested in taking up! These are activities that I am seeing more and more people getting into and some of them are quite interesting. Take a look and see if any of them speak to you.
- Collecting crystals
- Art/bullet journaling
- Meditation & yoga
- Furniture refinishing
- Growing your own fruit/vegetable garden
- Beer brewing/tasting
- Traveling (local trips count too!)
- Jewelry making
- Raising chickens
- Wine & paint nights
- Performing arts (poetry reading, stand-up comedy, community theatre, etc.)
- Homemade beauty products (soaps, scrubs, makeup, etc.)
- … and of course, blogging!
I have always been a huge advocate for the importance of hobbies mainly because I have seen the results for myself. Many of my most memorable life moments have been made because of a hobby I’ve had, like milestones this platform has met or performing in New York City.
There is an activity out there for everyone, no matter where your interests or skills lie. You have to start somewhere! Make an effort to take some time out of every week for yourself and your hobbies. I promise you will feel empowered, excited, and confident!
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