A New Year, A New Hobby for Self-Care

Happy National Hobby Month1

January is an exciting time when we create resolutions, set intentions and create goals for ourselves.  Yet, in our quest to take care of our work responsibilities, we rarely implement plans to take care of ourselves.  But, never fear, a solution is here…explore a new hobby. January is National Hobby Month. This is the perfect time for you to commit to taking care of yourself and bring some self-care into your life.

What is a Hobby?

Dictionary.com defines a hobby as, “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and as a main occupation.” Hobbies are not related to work. They are for fun, relaxation and personal enjoyment. They can be done alone or with others. In fact, hobbies are beneficial for our physical and emotional health.

Benefits of Hobbies

Hobbies…

  1. Improve physical health. Research has shown that regular participation in hobbies that include movement (exercising, dancing, playing sports, yoga and walking etc.) have been shown to prevent and control chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. Hobbies keep us young and active as we enjoy life.

 

  1. Encourage mindfulness. When we are totally enjoying a favorite pastime when can become totally engrossed and in the “zone” and focused on the present not past mistakes or future worries. Hobbies help us calm our minds, and tap into our blessings. Hobbies helps us develop a spiritual practice of gratitude.

 

  1. Promote Renewal. Hobbies can be fun and help us relax and refuel as we set aside our work responsibilities for enjoyable pastime. This can renew our commitment to our work. Hobbies improve mental alertness as we can relax, renew and relate to the world in a new way.

 

  1. Increase workplace productivity. When you lack time management at work, it’s easy to complete work tasks at home in the evening. However, if you had a hobby scheduled that evening, you would be more likely to complete your job tasks at work so that you can enjoy your evening activity. Hobbies improve workplace productivity so that we can enjoy ourselves in our happiness pursuits and pastimes.

 

  1. Inspire creativity. When you feel discouraged or disappointment, you can see yourself differently through your hobbies. Hobbies help you become creative and as you see yourself more than an employee, wife or mother. You are also an artist, a foodie or a music aficionado…

hobbyquoteHobbies should fun and enjoyable. They don’t have to be very complicated. Unfortunately, we live in a society that values instant gratification and self-sacrifice at work; all to earn money, status, and security. Therefore, it may be difficult to find a hobby that will keep us interested and engaged. The important thing is to get started. What are some activities you liked as a child and put down? Do you want to try those? Or, look for a new hobby to engage in. Now, write down 10 things you think you would enjoy doing to have fun outside of the job. Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking about things you might want to explore:

Sewing,

bowling,

Fishing

trail walking,

soap making,

Painting

Photography

travel (become the queen of day trips)

reading (for fun, not work)

playing board games (with friends & family)

line dancing

Next, pick one activity and plan to incorporate them into your week. Schedule specific days and times to enjoy each activity. You work hard, and you need to play hard. You deserve this time to yourself. Commit to starting one new hobby this month.

Still stuck? Then take this “Hobby Quiz” for inspiration at: https://www.hobsess.com/hobsessment-3/

If you enjoyed this article, and would like additional resources on how to prevent or manage workplace exhaustion, please sign up for my free audio course on how to Manage Workplace Stress and Thrive on the Job at http://www.boykinconsulting.com.

Blessings to you!

Dr. Lolita

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