Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Importance of Having a Hobby

I am currently 38 years old, married with 2 young kids. I am also very busy with my home-based work so I barely have time to do anything for myself. When people ask me what are my hobbies, I simply say, “Sleep. I love sleeping.” Of course, it’s a joke, but at the same time, there is seriousness that follows it because I am deprived of sleep and I believe a lot of people can relate to this. But kidding aside, is it that important to have a hobby in your life even with middle aged women like me?

Why is a Hobby Important? 

According to an article from C & T Publishing, having a hobby is a remedy that help improve one’s mental health. Hobbies can get your mind active, and get you social—but the real benefit to most people is the boost to overall mental wellness. No matter what sort of mental issue you’re struggling with, there’s a good chance that throwing yourself into a hobby—such as quilting—will have a positive effect. In my case, if I don't get that stress or anger out, I might take it out on my family which I really want to avoid. I might scream at my kids or scream at my husband which is the worst thing I could do actually, so having a hobby can help avoid that. 

In this day of age, people are trying to boost the awareness of the importance of mental health.  Nowadays, stress is one of the leading causes of mental health problems. According to Mayo Clinic, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

What Hobbies Are Available Out There

Now that we have tackled the importance of mental health and how a hobby can help improve it, the next question is what hobbies are available for us to do. I mean what are the choices out there? I have browsed through the internet and here are some hobbies that I thought were very interesting:

-          Bowling
-          Camping
-          Photography

-          Blogging/Writing
-          Caligraphy
-          Knitting
-          Having a collection
-          Painting

The mentioned hobbies were a bit on the lighter side because I don’t have an active lifestyle. But for those who love it hardcore, then I found the following hobbies for you:

-          Fun run / marathons
-          Swimming
-          Tennis
-          Basketball/Volleyball

-          Badminton
-          Karate-do

The list is, of course, too short for you to explore. There are sites that you can check out so you can have a broader idea of what hobbies are available for you such as Hobby Jam.

Blogging/Writing is My Hobby

As for me, I wasn’t aware that blogging was considered a hobby so I guess I can safely say that whenever someone asks me what my hobbies are, I can simply answer blogging. Blogging helps me clear my head and helps me express myself in a positive way. Whenever I’m stressed from work or from home, I get that eagerness to write about something. Sometimes, when I know that what I wrote about is all negative, I simply don’t publish it. I simply just let all my anger out, write all the things I want to say, and then delete it afterwards. It really helps for me. I tried saving a file or two  and then I read some of them again, and you know what? It was all meaningless. Sometimes I can’t even form a decent sentence because I was just too angry.  I would think, “Did I write this? What the hell was wrong with me?” So that’s when I decided that after I write stuff like those, would simply delete them so I don’t have to think about the why’s and how’s of it.

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