Feeling out of balance? This is a common complaint in modern times and the solution isn’t always to “say no” as we’re often advised to do. Sure, cutting out certain activities may be a good idea, but sometimes saying yes to the right things can help bring about the balance we all crave.
While adding one more thing to our busy lives may seem counterintuitive, engaging in hobbies that we find enjoyable can bring about a sense of satisfaction, achievement and mastery that may not always be present in other aspects of our lives. Additionally, hobbies can be a source of relaxation and restoration, allowing us to return to work or family obligations with more energy and an improved mood. These are life-enhancing activities rather than more items for our to-do list. And in this way, hobbies act as a counterbalance to other obligations.
Despite the benefits, some people feel guilty when they engage in enjoyable activities because it feels like goofing off. A meaningful hobby can be an enriching experience, requiring that you learn new things, develop new skills and grow as a person. While not readily apparent, often the growth that is achieved through hobbies can be applied to other areas of your life. This growth may include creativity, problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, technical skills, or subject matter expertise. Depending on the hobby, you may also experience spiritual growth or improvements in mental or physical health.
Be sure to pick something for which you have a high level of motivation to learn and do on a regular basis. Dedicate time every week to your hobby and nurture it. Stick with it, even when you’re on a difficult learning curve or feeling short on time. Before you know it, you will have developed a new habit and your hobby will be an integrated part of your life and a source of satisfaction when you need some balance.
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