Hobbies are something everyone should have, but as we get older and our responsibilities increase we tend to let our extracurricular activities slide as they seem like the easiest thing to get rid of. It’s understandable, after a long day at work you probably just want to go home, put your feet up and watch some mindless television to relax and switch off for the day. Doing this everyday, however, can become a bad and lazy habit that becomes more and more difficult to break with time.
In order to get out of that negative, lethargic cycle you have to put a little bit of effort into reigniting your passion for the things you love to do. Tell yourself that you will choose just one activity that you want to pick back up, and promise yourself you will stick to it for at least two months. If after this time you really aren’t enjoying your new hobby, try something else or at least you can pat yourself on the back for having given it a go.
Finding a hobby shouldn’t be difficult, ask yourself what it is that you love to do or would love to learn to do. Write a list of 5-10 fun and interesting hobbies and start to narrow down your choices until you’re left with your number one option. After that you just need to find a class that suits your schedule and sign yourself up – that’s the trickiest part over! Getting involved with something new will enrich your life, widen your social circle and increase your confidence in yourself. Remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained. If you don’t at least try something new, you lose the chance of having potentially great experiences.
If you are outdoorsy or athletic, join a sports team or running club that will get you out and about with similar minded fitness fanatics. Once you get to know a few people through the class or group, you will be able to motivate each other and spur one another on to keep going with it.
If you are creative, try an art class or learn a new instrument. We don’t always get to express ourselves creatively in our day to day job and so having an outlet separate to your work is a great way to use your talents that might otherwise go to waste. If you love music, joining a choir or musical group is another great way to get outside of your usual environment and meet new people. You don’t have to be an amazing singer or an extremely talented musician, just get involved with your local musical society and partake for the fun of it!
If you are looking for something a little quieter that doesn’t involve a social aspect, take up your own hobby at home. You could start writing, learn a new language, or just vow to read more books. The important thing is that you open your mind and expand your daily activities to include more enjoyable tasks, not just mundane, necessary ones.
Once you start pushing yourself to get more involved with things, you will start to feel happier and healthier in no time. Finding a hobby shouldn’t be a chore, so choose something you really love and get started with it, the feeling of accomplishment you get from it will make all the effort worth it in the end.