Hobbies- Do you have one?
‘Do you have a hobby?’ Try and do a quick little survey of those around you with that question. Take note of the hesitation in answering and the answers.
There are many people that will say ‘No’ and this can be for many different reasons, I’m betting that it will be work related reasons. People are extremely busy with work and family, but are forgetting the most important person..themselves.
Im not talking about going to the Gym or going for a walk, yes you could say they are hobbies of some form, however, would you say that you really enjoy these activities? That is the true test of a good Hobby.
Hobbies can enhance your creativity, help you think more clearly and sharpen your focus, said Carol Kauffman, an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School.. “When you’re really engaged in a hobby you love, you lose your sense of time and enter what’s called a flow state, and that restores your mind and energy,” she said. In a flow state, you are completely submerged in an experience, requiring a high level of concentration.
Many people identify their own character through the work they do. When we have asked people to introduce themselves or talk about themselves in the past through team sessions or other activities, it usually goes something like this ‘Hi I’m … and I am in Marketing (or the position title)’ this is usually the end of some people’s introductions. ‘Feeling that you are solely defined by your job — even if it is going well — can raise your chances of experiencing anxiety, depression and burnout, because you don’t have a perception of yourself outside of work’, said Michelle P. Maidenberg, a psychotherapist and business coach in New York.
If you are struggling to kick yourself into that Hobby or gain that focus, then start thinking of your hobby as something that helps you professionally as well as personally, this should allow you not to feel so guilty about making time for it.
Hobbies aren’t restricted to physical activities; they can be mental and more cerebral rather than physical.
Here is a list of 7 hobbies to get you thinking.
- Martial Arts (Of course that will be our number 1!)
- Dancing- Learn a few moves and also take you outside your comfort zone a little.
- Photography- Learn to take great pictures and get out there to take them!
- Volunteering- Help out some local charities and get involved in doing something great for the community. Helping others and helping your mental health!
- Art- Learn to draw or paint. You don’t have to be Van Gogh, you are just learning to express yourself and develop some skills.
- Owning a pet- Take care of a pet, keep it active and this will get you out and about.
- Music- Learn to play or even just listening can unlock great health benefits.
I am sure that there are quite a few missing from this list. These are just basic ideas to get you thinking about a hobby that you could start or maybe even get into a second hobby if you have the time for it.
The main point of this blog is to encourage you to get out there and experience activities and don’t let a job role define you. There is much more to life than employment and the person you are whilst in that role.
Feel free to share this around. It is a topic everyone could ponder.