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As current times have us doing our best to navigate through a socially distant lifestyle, there’s a good chance finding some form of excitement each day is more of a pipe dream than reality. For anyone using words like dull, uneventful, repetitive or tedious to describe their present day to day life, you’ve come to the right place to learn how to turn those adjectives into antonyms.
The simple solution to putting new life into a humdrum daily routine is to pick up a new hobby. Believe it or not, on top of being the perfect escape from the flat reality of everyday life, there are oodles of benefits of having a hobby that can bring about some big, positive and long-lasting change.
You might be thinking that you’re not very good at any particular thing but that’s the point of a hobby, you get to see how you improve as time goes on! My friend started painting at the start of lockdown and could barely paint an apple. Now, she’s so good that she has even been changing the canvases she paints on. Just the other day she bought the best paint for glass and has been creating beautiful art that is only made better by light shining through it.
Now without further ado, let’s get into the reasons why now is the perfect time to learn a new hobby!
Give Yourself a Break
That’s right, you deserve to take a break from the daily demands of life. Instead of zoning out on social media or having a cat nap as a break during the day, start a new hobby that will encourage you to productively use of that time, such as:
- Sketching, or
These hobbies can bring out the hidden artist in you, and soon you could be looking at various techniques such as how to use a light box to make your drawings look more professional and stylish!
There’s no denying it’s been a stressful year around the globe. Use a hobby as a healthy outlet to help release stress with a productive distraction, like practicing yoga each day.
The unfortunate reality is that stress can lead to anxiety. Engaging in a relaxing hobby, like daily gratitude journaling, can help preoccupy the mind away from things that are making you anxious.
Avoid Bad Habits
A hobby is a healthy way to avoid creating or continuing bad habits, like smoking or frequently binge-watching television. Help avert from destructive behaviors, like lighting up a smoke for a break during the day, by finding a hobby that offers a better use for that time instead, such as:
- Making a vision board to set sights on the future, or
- Crossword puzzles
The best cure for a dull routine is to incorporate something new and challenging into each day, like starting a fun new hobby. Find an enticing hobby so that you’ll want to stick with it even if it may take some time to get the hang of it, like learning a new language.
In a world where everything is expected to have an immediate result it’s important to remember the old saying, “patience is a virtue”. Introducing a new hobby to your routine, like learning knitting and crocheting patterns, can help positively reaffirm patience because it takes time to learn something new.
Discover Hidden Talents
As we practice social distancing, there’s no better way to take advantage of being home than trying different hobbies to discover hidden talents you never knew existed. Spend time trying different hobbies, such as:
- Baking or cooking
- Upcycling old furniture, or
One thing is for sure, learning a new hobby is the perfect escape from a humdrum daily routine!