19 January 2017

5 Reasons Why You Need to Try a New Hobby

noun: hobby; plural noun: hobbies

an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure.

"her hobbies are reading and gardening"

synonyms:pastime, leisure activity, leisure pursuit, leisure interest, amateur interest, sideline, diversion, avocation, divertissement, enthusiasm;

"her hobbies are reading and gardening"

Three years ago when I confided to a close friend about my doubt if I would survive being a housewife (after I made the decision to prepare my resignation letter), she mentioned about this.

"Remember to have a hobby, it's vital for your sanity."

Still working at that time, I thought, well that makes sense because, a housewife would be doing mundane monotonous chores for the house & kids, so things might get boring. 

And, another thought, of course a housewife would have more time doing nothing once the house chores are done, right? Afterall, that's what a hobby is, something to do in one's leisure time, right?

Right.... rightfully totally wrong.

One, boring does not mean they lack of things to do. 
Two, never EVER say, especially in front of them, that housewives have more time doing nothing. Trust me in this. 

But, yes my friend apparently was right about having a hobby. And trying a new hobby every once a while.
And here's why it's good for you;

  1. It gives a good break. 
    A hobby is like giving you a break from your day to day busy schedule. It's relaxing, boosting your mood, giving you a fresh head outside your work. It gives you a good break from a rut. Trying new hobby is like giving you a new clean slate to play with.
  2. New hobby gives you new challenge
    It gives you new excitement and enjoyment. And when you're faced with challenge without the stress, like work-related challenge, it can open up your mind in new ways. It gives benefit of growth, in a way that you will learn new things in enjoyable moments.
  3. It can de-stress you.
    Doing activities that you enjoy, in a down time, could benefit your health too. When a leisure can help you relieve some stress, it will benefit your mind health. And when it involves moving your body, it can improve your physical health too.
  4. It improves self confidence.
    When you're capable of doing something in your hobby, it proves to yourself that you have what it takes, that you have the potential which you might not know before taking up the hobby. And when you're trying new things, it shows that you're willing to step out of your comfort zone. That takes confidence.
  5. It gives you a new circle of friends to meet.
    Making friends, what's not to love about it? Especially when it's for doing things you all enjoy together.

Now, hobby does not always something you need to spend a fortune on it (unless you choose travelling, or buying a yacht for sailing). There are a lot of budget low cost hobbies you can try out there. Here's a good 50 list you can try. 

I'm currently trying number (35) and (36). How 'bout you?

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