Do you feel that you could do so much more in life only if you had the time? Maybe go back to your long-lost hobbies or pick up something you always wanted to do. Take out the paintbrushes that haven’t seen the light of the day for ages, or a camera you bought long ago. While you work hard to keep your life on track and provide for everyone, your own hobbies take a back seat. Here, we’ll give you more than one solid reason why hobbies are important, and why you should revive them, or maybe learn something completely new.
Hobbies relieve tension
It is known that millennials aged 18 to 34 and Gen Xers aged 35 to 47 report the highest average stress levels. Your hobbies become your safe space. Times when you need to think, or are stressing over something, your hobbies act as instant mood-lifters. Specific hobbies such as dancing, listening to music, knitting, or watching movies known to lower stress.
Brings about changes in the brain
When a person acquires a new skill, their brains forms new connections and neurons and strengthens the existing pathways. These changes are called ‘plasticity’. So, the more you learn, the more your brain will change and boost your grasping power, memory, and brain development.
Boosts your self-confidence
Being good at something makes anyone feel confident about themselves. You start something as a beginner and gradually improve at it. In the end, all your efforts pay off, giving you a sense of accomplishment. And this, in turn, boosts your self-confidence and self-esteem.
You become more patient
When you pick up a new hobby, you learn how to do something which is brand new to you. You take your baby-steps towards learning it, which innately requires you to be calm and patient. Hobbies also add to your skills, as you gain knowledge through the course of learning.
It shifts your perspective on life
A new hobby enriches your life and gives you a different perspective on things. No matter what hobby you take up, you will be exposed to new things and new experiences. Doing something new makes you uncomfortable which pushes you to grow and exposes you to new opinions and to new ways to look at life.
Pick something you already liked or something you always wanted to do, and get started with it. I guarantee you will be glad you did.
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