“Hobby” seems like a word from another time.
The dictionary defines it as “An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure,” but the concept of hobbies and leisure time seem like foreign concepts once you pass a certain age. You know, it’s that time you have free when you’re not working. If you spend that time helping your kids with homework, binge-watching TV shows or doing laundry, those don’t count as hobbies.
If you just realized you don’t have a hobby, you might want to rethink that, especially if you find yourself regularly stressed out. Hobbies — things that occupy your mind and/or body — are a great way to forget about work. In fact, a lot of research has looked at the stress-reducing properties of hobbies. More specifically, studies have looked at how hobbies improve well-being, how they can expand your social circle and even how they can make you better at your job.
So the stuff you do outside your money-making ventures is important. You’ll have fun doing them, and they’ll likely ease your daily stress.
I – Word Understanding
Binge-watching – watching (tv/movies/etc) non-stop for a long time
Money-making ventures – any activities done to make money (job, business)
II – Have Your Say
1. Do you have any “active” hobbies right now? What are the impacts of these hobbies to you?
2. If you just realized now, that you don’t have a real hobby as of now, What possible hobbies do you want to do and how can you achieve them?
3. No ideas of what hobbies to do? Let’s take a look at these ideas to get you started:
a. Bird Watching
b. Knitting / Crocheting
d. Home Brewing
e. Mushroom Hunting