There’s an old saying; everyone needs a hobby. Hobbies help develop your tastes and your passions in life and help you relax and refocus. They also play a crucial social role in allowing people to find like-minded individuals and congregate around a common interest; this is often how friendships are born and nurtured.
But, some people view hobbies as distractions from real life, rather than necessary activities that help us build a rounded personality and keep calm in an ever stressful world. A large number of hobbies actually provide us with the opportunity to develop and hone skills that are required in other spheres of our lives as well as providing us with much needed downtime.
So, if you’re looking to pick up a new hobby and develop some skills that will help you enhance your proficiency and productivity, then check out this list of five and their benefits.
Cook Up A Storm
Write It Down
Writing is an incredibly powerful and important form of self-expression and it can help to channel your energies into something that you feel passionate about. It doesn’t really matter what form it takes; writing helps unlock your creative side, and helps you to be as productive and healthy as possible.
Knitting is often associated with old people but it’s picking up popularity across all age groups. Aside from being an enjoyable pastime, knitting is a fantastic tool for enhancing productivity. Knitting uses the same multi-tasking and planning skills that a modern day workplace will utilise, and it delivers a physical, tangible end product that gives one a sense of accomplishment.
Working With Wood
Woodwork is a surprisingly productive hobby, due to the fact that you have to focus hard on a singular vision of what you wish to build. Making something from scratch is also incredibly satisfying, develops a sense of challenge and ultimately allows you to practice the most valuable of all skills; perseverance. And, depending on what you’re making, you could end up with something really useful too.
Get Lost In Your Own Head
You probably wouldn’t have considered this last one to be a ‘hobby’, but daydreaming awakens your creative side and allows you to explore ideas that you probably never considered – ideas that might just be the answers you’ve been looking for.
If daydreaming leads to a nap, that’s even better – studies have shown that a quick 20-minute nap in the afternoon can help provide clarity, memory retention, and help make you even more focused and productive.
So, if you’re looking for a positive way to relax, why not give one of these hobbies a try. Or, just reach for a can of Tranquini.