The Importance of Having A Hobby

Finding activities that you enjoy doing is critical to living a healthy life. Having interests and hobbies that are all your own make you who you are. After moving in with my boyfriend about 2 months ago, I realized just how important having a hobby or 2 is. I’m always looking for new hobbies to pick up, but here is what I enjoy doing at the moment:

  • Reading
  • Baking
  • Crafting/DIY Projects
  • Nail Art
  • Blogging

I am always, always, ALWAYS looking for new hobbies to start. Let me clarify – I’m always looking for affordable hobbies. Being a woman in her 20’s, living on her own for the first time and having those awesome things called student loans, having an expensive hobby is out of the question. BUT, I’ve also realized that spending my money on things that make me happy is also important. Crafting can get pricey, depending on what it is I’m tackling that night, but it’s something that brings me joy. I keep this in mind when I walk out of Michael’s 2 hours and $100 later – oops! I’ve made plenty of decor items around my apartment, and I don’t plan on stopping.

Most of my free time is at night, since my boyfriend goes to bed right after dinner to get up at 2 am for work. Gross. Needless to say, I have hours and hours by myself at night. And since acquiring this immense amount of free time all week, I’ve really had time to reflect on how important it is to have hobbies and interests. Not all free time is meant to be spent working or cleaning. Doing something you enjoy just because you enjoy it is so important for your mental health. If I spent every moment I had cleaning this apartment or answering work emails, I would go insane!

What would I do if I didn’t have at least a couple hobbies of my own? Simply sit here and wait for my boyfriend to spend time with me? Clean my apartment Monica Geller style every day? (If you haven’t watched Friends, you obviously live under a rock. And I believe I just found you a new hobby. You’re welcome.) That’s not to say I do everything on that list every day. There are plenty of nights that I veg in front of the tv until it’s time for bed. And that’s okay, too!

Hobbies are so much more than a way to pass the time. Hobbies have the power to bring you out of your comfort zone, if you let them. They can help you discover who you are. Or help mold you into who you want to be. While it is important to spend time with people that you love, it’s also critical to spend time with yourself, doing what you love.

 

 

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