Hobbies are something that helps us rekindle with ourselves at a much deeper level than it is accredited. At an age where everything is such a competition, we end up dunking our hobbies into a bin, neglecting the fact that hobbies boost your mental health truly.
In the midst of all that hustle and bustle, of impending deadlines, of imminent dues, which always fall short no matter what you do, of the chaos so beautifully, riddled into one, that we call ‘life’. Within all of that, lies a simple yet a very fundamental question, “Who am I?”
And then, “What is it we are here for? Where are we now? Where are we headed? Is it all over? Looks like one question can give birth to so many more. If life gives you questions, ask yourself, and seek your own answers.
Why Hobbies Are Needed?
‘The pursuit of happiness’ is yours! You have got to reclaim what is left of you, from within you. If you close and dive within your ‘well’ deep enough, who knows, you might as well reconnect with your soul. And that is how hobbies play a role in your life.
Well, you should sync-in that there is no age limit for either the re-inculcation of your forlorn desire to strum your guitar strings or go clickity-click on your new found obsession with that shutter button.
Here are a few reasons how hobbies boost your mental health:
A Breather For Life
Nowadays, every morning you wake up to the tune of a digital alarm clock set on your phone. You wake up just to set the buzzer at naught. There’s the first thing you see, a mobile phone’s screen. You check your notifications, correspondences; it shows you your shortcomings from the preceding day. You end up explaining yourself, over at your breakfast table. When you end up reaching your office, you start fixing what is left behind.
Always try to choose a hobby, which will keep you off-screen for a certain period of time. No phones, laptops, and/or tablets. In fact keep everything and everyone away, if necessary.
All we can tell you is that life is more than paying your bills, worrying about almost everything around you. Just open that box of pastels and find yourself a clean sheet of paper. Your hobbies, old or new, do not need anyone’s validation. But it surely needs YOU!
If you keep following your monotonous routines all the time, you will end up losing connection with yourself. Remember those glorious days from your college life? When you adored your guitar or when you cherished that smell of new stationery? Maybe you enjoyed strumming, yet you couldn’t end up being Bon Jovi.
Ask yourself, “How does it matter?”
Let’s understand the most important aspect of a hobby, alright? Hobbies are for your soul and you too deserve your own moments of self-indulgence. Just remind yourself, that when you started doing something, you did it because you loved doing that.
Why don’t you start it now? Sure, you are not in your 20’s anymore, or even if you are, go ahead and give it a go. Go brush off your soul with something you love doing.
More You Delve, Better You Feel
If you keep a pencil unused for a long time and try to use it after a few months, you will notice, that the nip is not sharp anymore. It is the same with our hobbies. No matter what your hobby is, the more you do it, the better you will become at it.
And the better you become at it, the more enjoyable and fulfilling your time will be with your new-found/renewed love. You deserve every minute of your own breathing space where it is simply you, and nothing else.
This will in-turn boost your sensibilities and morale. You’re your favourite activity around the corner everyday your brain gets the appropriate jostling that it needs to move away from the boredom. Higher mental activities will ensure the smooth functioning of your brain.
With time, you will notice that your productivity and efficiency in everything that you are doing has increased manifold from the time you began your journey. Needless to mention that when you keep getting better at your hobby, your self-esteem is bound to get a raise of its own.
Relieves You From Stress And Anxiety
All hobbies, or hobbies in general, tend to cure you, from within. Hobbies will reduce your anxiety levels and keep your stress at a minimum. They shift your focus from the negativity or predicaments and engages your brain in the current task. This helps you concentrate on what you are doing.
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