Are you Stressed? Having a hobby you love can turn a lonely travel assignment into a chance to grow. Perhaps you should consider taking up something new that piques your interest outside of your career. Studies show that having a hobby can help relieve stress and prevent depression.
So why not give it a shot? This post outlines five benefits of having a hobby you can do anywhere.
- Hobbies can lead to new friendships. Having a hobby introduces you to people outside of your normal social circles. You can learn a lot from people you don't normally socialize with, and even make some great friends. What you learn can even help you in your career!
- Hobbies give you something to talk about. Do you find yourself talking about work all the time? Or having nothing to talk about? When you have a hobby, you always have something new to talk about. People who are interested are often the most interesting people.
- Hobbies encourage you to take a break. Hobbies are a good way to take a break from everyday life and relieve stress. And even though you're doing something you enjoy, you're being productive and will feel more accomplished than you would just watching TV.
- Hobbies challenge you. It's important to always challenge yourself so you can grow personally and professionally. A hobby is a great way to challenge yourself in a positive way.
- Hobbies can improve your memory. According to a recent study by Psychological Science, older adults who took up mentally-challenging hobbies showed significant gains in memory, while peers who engaged in less-demanding activities didn’t show any memory gains.
Not sure what kind of hobby to take up? Here are some ideas for new hobbies:
- Volunteering at an animal shelter
- Running 5Ks or marathons
- Learning a new language
- Writing poetry
- Learning an instrument
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