Develop hobbies.

Developing and enjoying hobbies can have a positive impact on our health, families and the community..

Hobbies are about so much more that just filling time. Having hobbies can reduce our stress levels, lower blood pressure and sharpen our minds as well as bring enjoyment into our lives.

Whether it is playing the guitar, cooking, woodwork or even puzzles, engaging in our favorite hobbies has been shown to boost mental health and help with depression. Hobbies can be a great distraction from the worries of daily life.

In addition, developing or reinvigorating old hobbies can help us develop or maintain our identity and self-esteem because we are involved in activities that we truly enjoy.

How to develop a hobby:

If you already have a hobby that you enjoy, try and make time for it whenever you can. Share that hobby with your children; they might enjoy it as well.

If you need to develop a hobby, here are some ways to help you find what interests you:

  1. Write down a list of activities that you enjoy and figure out which one would be your choice if you could only choose one. Activities can include gardening, cooking, music, drawing, golf, languages, chess, films or dancing.
  2. Look at your schedule and decide when you can fit in your hobby. Remember, a hobby is there to give you a break from the stresses of life.
  3. Find someone that enjoys the same hobby. They can be a great source of information as well as someone to participate with.
  4. Check around for local classes to help you develop your hobby. From craft stores, to local universities to area ski resorts, they all offer classes from beginning to advanced levels.

First steps:

Don’t know where to start, visit the “Discover a Hobby” site listed in the Information section (see above).

If you already have one but don’t have time to enjoy it, set aside a block of time each day or each week to lose yourself in your hobby. Schedule time for it and adhere to that schedule.

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