Choosing a New Hobby That’s Productive and Beneficial
There are a plethora of hobbies out there. And if you’re in the market for finding new ones, it can be daunting knowing where to begin because the options are endless. Sure, hobbies are something you enjoy that fill your time. But they can also be so much more than that!
Hobbies can enrich your life in more ways than just enjoyment. When choosing a new hobby there are three criteria we think you might want to consider.
One to make money. If you’re spending gobs of time on a hobby, why not pursue something that simultaneously helps your bank account? There are countless past-times that earn you a paycheck, like photography, web design, sewing, knitting, and carpentry. When you create something of value, you can sell it and reap double benefits of enjoyment and cash.
One for creativity. Whether or not you feel like it, everyone has a creative side. While yours may look different from someone else’s, creative outlets help you express yourself and your interests. Research even highlights the benefits of creativity, such as the development of new skills and knowledge, which improve professional performance, the enhancement of awareness of strengths and weaknesses, and prevention of burnout by providing an escape from daily routine.
Everyone’s creative interests will differ, but some to consider include: pottery, painting, calligraphy, penmanship, needlepoint, music, or baking and cooking.
One to stay in shape. The benefits of having a hobby that is a form of physical fitness are endless. They help you manage weight, de-stress, and create a healthy and functioning body. Instead of looking at workouts as a necessity in your day, start to view them more as a hobby you wish to hone and craft, getting better and better over time.
Fitness levels vary, therefore finding one that is suitable for your needs, goals, and body is key. You can look into running, mountain biking, road cycling, rock climbing, bowling, co-ed sports, skiing, or any other type of activity that gets your body moving that interests you.
When you’re choosing a new hobby, these are three areas you can look into in order to narrow down your options. If you’re already into creative endeavors, perhaps consider something in the other two categories, and vice versa. The more well rounded your hobbies, the more well rounded you will be as an individual.
 Ameritas (2014). 6 benefits of having a creative hobby. Accessed April 6, 2015. Retrieved from http://ameritasinsight.com/individuals-families/health-and-wellness/improve-work-performance-pursuing-creative-hobby