The Benefits of Having A Hobby
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Having a hobby is truly essential for a healthy mind and body. Not only are they fun, hobbies can refresh one fully, assist in staying healthy, active and happy. It is a proven fact that spending time doing the things that we enjoy can help delay aging and lead to positive feelings that help fight against certain illnesses.
Hobbies make you happier and more content as a person. Not only is this good for your general health and well-being, it also increases your satisfaction with life and brings you peace, pleasure and excitement. And makes you easier to live with!
If your days are filled with nothing but client meetings, projects and non-stop work, hobbies can help ease some of that stress and take your mind off work.
Several research studies have shown that people who engage in hobbies are less likely to develop memory problems. Hobbies are also known to stave off depression and lower blood pressure. So not only do hobbies help you psychologically, they are also good for your body.
Hobbies can be beneficial for your health in a variety of ways. Here are some benefits of having a hobby (and related examples!):
- Enhance the Immune System
Being physically active is great for the body in helping to enhance one’s immunity. As a related study states, “Physical activity can help prevent or maintain control in some chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetic arthritis, and even some types of cancer.” Physical activity done consistently over a period can also help in improving your overall quality of life and assist in longevity. Examples:Exercising, playing sports, dancing, riding a bicycle, yoga and even walking. All types of physical activity can be tailored for different levels of physical functions and abilities.
- Improve Flexibility
Moving can assist in stretching the muscles and, in turn, improve flexibility. Try following some active hobbies such as these to stay limber. Examples: Wii games, walking, yoga, stretching, swimming, painting, Tai Chi or dancing.
- Improve Memory
Many hobbies are devised to challenge your intellect and mental prowess; and enhance your problem-solving skills. Most hobbies also offer mental stimulation in completing the task. Examples: Word games, crossword puzzles, quizzes, Sudoku and card games.
- Reduce stress
Most people pursue hobbies because they enjoy them, and many things that we enjoy doing help relieve stress in our lives. Some of these activities may also help create a calm atmosphere to reduce stress. Examples: Cooking or baking, gardening, taking a walk, singing, reading, or playing a musical instrument.
- Improve self-esteem
Some hobbies involve other people which can create social opportunities and improve self-esteem! Living in the digital age broadens one’s access to these activities immensely. Creating communities or groups online and participating in circles makes it easier and more fun too! Examples: Card games, board games, shopping, knitting, or scrapbooking.
- Better Quality Sleep
Being more active during the day helps create a more restful night’s sleep. Just be sure to do more active hobbies earlier in the day so you can be sure to have enough time to wind down before bed.
Who knew that having fun could have so many great benefits in life? So, remember, having a hobby is as important as having a job. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”