Do you have a hobby? Something that you can do where you just lose track of time. That thing that happens when you lose time and space, you can’t hear people, you’re 100% focused? That’s called “flow state”, most people call it being “in the zone”. Have you ever had a moment like that before?
What were you doing? If it was a work task, what was it about that task that you enjoyed? There’s got to be an aspect of that that we can bring to another action and create a hobby out of that.
Now you may be thinking of things like knitting and crafts but open your mind and think broader.
Other examples include:
Creating music mashups
Stand up comedy
There’s even hobbies that make you money, you can do with a group, as a couple or with your pet.
The benefits of having a hobby is that they can keep you active, give you a purpose therefore shifting your attention away from your problems and onto something more positive and healthy. Distracting your mind from the day-to-day and taking a break is fantastic for the mind and body. By staying present and mindful, not worrying about the future or the past, this eases tension and anxiety. For stress relief, having a hobby can lower cortisol levels, and therefore our bodies will have a lower stress response. This can lower blood pressure, waist circumference and help us lose weight in general. We may even sleep better.
You may become more comfortable with your own company or you may meet more people and become more sociable with others that share your interests. This can ease depression and loneliness.
You can also give back to your community by volunteering. Or making crafts that you can donate to an organisation. By choosing a hobby that you’re good at, it can increase self esteem and confidence as your skill improves.
There’s even hobbies than can boost your resume or help you at work. Having a hobby is always a good conversation starter when at a networking event or just meeting people for the first time.
So, what'll it be? Is there something that you’ve always wanted to try? I will create a worksheet for this topic because I think it would help to work out what hobbies might interest. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, here’s a great link to get you started: http://discoverahobby.com/listofhobbies
As for me, I like to read novels, go to the gym to lift weights, listen to music, bake, paint (although I never actually get to do it), colouring in, and explore (roadtrips or on foot).
What’s your hobby? Let me know below. If you want help finding one or getting your head on the right track, shoot me a message and we’ll see what happens.