There are enough things going on in life to make us insane that finding that brief moment of sanity in a day is something we all strive find and to hold onto. For many they look to their family or their career to provide the opportunity of making sense of our lives. Unfortunately this is probably the last place to find that sanity because these, for most, are the two biggest causes of stress in our lives.
Don’t get me wrong I am absolutely not saying that you can’t find sanity there; I myself absolutely love my family and my career and many times they are my grounding force in a busy world. However, finding that one thing that is yours and yours alone and has absolutely nothing (or very little) to do with family and career is so much more important than we give it credit. Yes, I am talking about finding a hobby, a regular activity or interest done solely for pleasure.
When you have a hobby, because it is something that you undoubtedly like, when you spend time on that hobby you immerse yourself into happiness and this itself is a great source of stress reduction. A hobby only has one little criteria, it has to be something you enjoy, and today there are so many alternatives that no matter who you are it is a guarantee you can find something to call your own. It could be colleting coins or stamps, knitting, painting, reading, listening to music, antique shopping, the list is endless.
Whatever your hobby I would like to offer one word of caution, make sure whatever hobby you choose it fits in your budget. Also, don’t allow your hobby to get out of line if your budget is tight, rather look for alternatives so you can still enjoy your passions. For example, if you enjoy listening to music choose to find your favourite songs on YouTube rather than purchasing CDs or downloading songs from iTunes. If you enjoy antique shopping and you don’t have a lot of funds for purchases, why not try antique “window” shopping.
Often when asked “what is your hobby?” some people answer “I don’t have a hobby.” Many times this is because we haven’t devoted the time needed to understanding the importance of a hobby in reducing the stress in our lives. If you aren’t sure exactly what your hobby is or should be, allow your mind to drift back to your favourite memories. What were you doing? What activities could you engage in that might remind you of that memory? Often the answer is closer than you think and perhaps you had a hobby you didn’t even realize you had.