• Deanne Pandey

How do Hobbies Affect us?

Our daily lives are filled with stress from our jobs, kids, school, bills, and relationship conflict to a seemingly endless list of other minor stressors. Hobbies play an important role in mitigating some of this unavoidable stress, as they provide us with an outlet for creativity, distraction, and something to look forward to. They bring a sense of fun and freedom to life that can help to minimize the impact of chronic stress. Hobbies specifically become important around times like a pandemic. Increased time at home can be an excellent opportunity to build or rediscover different types of hobbies. Picking up new or old hobbies brings us joy and enriches our lives. It gives us something fun to do with our newfound leisure time and allows us to learn new skills. The world is full of wonderful, exciting activities that we can explore and adopt as our own. Of course, all of us are unique and, therefore, our interests and hobbies vary. But once we find a hobby that we truly enjoy and are passionate about, we become hooked. It becomes part of our lives and captivates us in a very personal way. In order to develop a new hobby, you have to learn how to do something that is brand new to you. The odds are there will be a learning curve, and you will need to be patient in order to build your skills. The odds are that if you really enjoy an activity, you are usually pretty good at it. Any activity that you can excel in is an opportunity for you to build your confidence and develop pride in your accomplishments. It enriches your life and gives you a different perspective on things. No matter what type of hobby you choose, you will definitely be exposed to new ideas.

To sum it up, hobbies play an important role in shaping one’s life. That is why it is important to be aware about the types of hobbies and hobbies that specifically challenge you and bring you joy.

The first and the most common type of hobbies is physical hobbies. This includes involvement of physical activities as a part of your leisure time. Right from hiking, cycling, camping, dancing, singing, horse riding, swimming, travelling, yoga and so on.

Next is cerebral hobbies. This comprises of activities that constantly challenge your concentration and intelligence. This includes various puzzles and reading. Next type of hobbies is probably the most common one- Creative Hobbies. This required getting in touch with your creative side. Creative hobbies have numerous benefits, both mental and physical.These include bullet journalling, writing, painting, sewing, cooking, photography, colouring and sketching and even beatboxing.

Lastly, we have social hobbies. These are community oriented activities that include socialising with a group of like-minded people. This includes book clubs, social service, hobby clubs, dance groups and so on.

Categorising hobbies in this manner only simplifies picking out your personal favourite. However, it is not necessary for each hobby to fit into these. So, pick out a hobby that truly defines you and makes you happy! Let us know what type of hobby suits you the best.

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