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Importance of a Hobby for Adults

Updated on October 5, 2017
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Tricia Deed writes about hobbies and leisure activities. Let's talk about a budget for our entertainment.

Hand Sculpturing

Hand sculpturing with any medium of choice is a fun and fulfilling art hobby.
Hand sculpturing with any medium of choice is a fun and fulfilling art hobby. | Source

Personal Leisure Choices

As you take a moment to review family interests in your home you discover that each family member has a different interest to occupy their personal time. One person likes to sew, another enjoys building models. The children are entertained for hours with electronic games, another enjoys gardening, and one other person enjoys reading mystery novels. You have yet to discover what you would like to do during leisure hours.

Some people have so many interests that they fear lack of time to get it all done. And then there are those individuals that have difficulty finding a hobby or any leisure interests.

Hobby Choices

Adults need time to relax and refuel their mind and body. Enjoying a hobby or a passionate interest is vital for men and women.

What is causing the difficulty in selecting a hobby or an interest?

  1. Too many hobbies to choose from and cannot decide on one project
  2. Too tired and lacking energy after a day of employment
  3. Extremely creative and imaginative causing indecision
  4. Negative thinking against any selected project
  5. Lack of monies to invest in a hobby
  6. Lack of time or cannot find the time for leisure relaxation

My Bucket List

Make a personal bucket list of your interests. Narrow the list to 3 choices; mental, physical, and arts and crafts which will release creativity and imagination.
Make a personal bucket list of your interests. Narrow the list to 3 choices; mental, physical, and arts and crafts which will release creativity and imagination. | Source

Hundreds of Hobbies

There are hundreds of hobbies to select. People have assorted interests and where to start can be puzzling. The easiest method to find a hobby is to list what you like to do. If that list is too long; write down what you do not like to do, as this method will narrow the list.

Review the list noting that there can be sub-categories to the main description. For example, the word gardening. This list will expand into different types of gardening; earth, water, chemical, hydroponics, aquatic, hydroponics, miniature, stone, flower, vegetables, exotic plants, butterfly, and other specialties. These terms can be broken down into further groupings.

Jet Skiing

Feel the wind and the water spray whipping your face and body. Experience speeding through the water and feeling its coolness about your feet.
Feel the wind and the water spray whipping your face and body. Experience speeding through the water and feeling its coolness about your feet. | Source

Fatigued

Perk up being tired by being physically active. That’s right ... the one thing which you do not wish to do is exactly what needs to done. Walk, skip, jog, or run. Start slowly with an end goal to speed up later. Other physical type hobbies will include sports, boating, sledding, skating, skiing, skydiving, scuba diving, spear fishing, dancing, and more.

Artists and Craftsmen are Creative and Imaginative

The creative mind can be very busy. Narrow your choices in order not to be overwhelmed and to be able to complete the project.
The creative mind can be very busy. Narrow your choices in order not to be overwhelmed and to be able to complete the project. | Source

Creativity and Imagination

Creative adults want to do all and have a problem starting with one. Write all hobby interests on small slips of paper. Place them into a container and shake well. Remove one, two, or three slips of paper. This will be your starting point.

Depending on what has been withdrawn from the container you may wish to return one or two of these suggestions. Make a decision and follow it to completion. For example, you may have drawn "candle making". Complete the candle you wish to make. After doing so return to the pot and select another slip or two and pursue the next project. Returning to the pot for ideas will stop when you find your passion.

Salsa Dancing

A groups of Salsa couples in action having fun.
A groups of Salsa couples in action having fun. | Source

Negative Thinking

Whenever you decide on an interest and then sabotage it this borders on another problem. Sometimes the reason for not doing a hobby is reasonable. For instance, running may not be possible because of a severely injured knee which is unable to keep the pace. Reading is a good hobby. But you complain about eye fatigue; visit the eye doctor. Corrective lenses or contact lenses will be the remedy which allows you to read without difficulties.

Some people need other people to keep them motivated in an interest. Join a group with similar interests. Selecting group activities or club memberships will encourage and maintain a positive and stimulating environment. Group activities are just as numerous as singular ones.

Participating in a hobby which satisfies your passion will give you a feeling of purpose and well-being. Hobbies are excellent for healthy living.

Puzzles - An Inexpensive Project

Jigsaw puzzles are inexpensive and are a very relaxing indoor hobby which one or many can participate.
Jigsaw puzzles are inexpensive and are a very relaxing indoor hobby which one or many can participate. | Source

Lack of Monies

This is not a problem as there are many free hobbies which people can enjoy. Every activity is free or payable. It is a matter of choice. Knowledge is king in this arena or having friends or family. For instance you can go to your local store and purchase a puzzle or opt to borrow from a friend or a family member. Do you consider yourself an arts and crafts person? Create and make your own puzzle.

No Time

No excuses here. If you really want to satisfy your passion, there is always time. Re-scheduling or eliminating unnecessary tasks to reward self with rest and relaxation refreshes our minds to think clearly and energizes our body.

The type of hobby which you choose may be regularly scheduled to fit your lifestyle or time restraints. Select time slots which will not be disturbed or add to your stress load. A hobby is a gift of happiness.

How To Gain Control of Your Free Time/Laura Vanderkam

Hassock - Outdoor Relaxation

A lazy and relaxing method of napping while enjoying the outdoor environment is reclining on a hassock. Life doesn't get any better than this.
A lazy and relaxing method of napping while enjoying the outdoor environment is reclining on a hassock. Life doesn't get any better than this. | Source

Health Benefits of Hobbies

Hobbies and our passionate interests keep us alive and invigorated with enthusiasm for life. There is always room in a 24-hour day to relish in our favorite pastimes to satisfy our motivations for living with an assortment of life's experiences.

Benefits of Participating in Hobbies and Interests:

  1. Mental distraction from worries; build self-esteem and self worth
  2. Relieve stress and tension; develop a healthy mind and body
  3. Socializing with family and friends; heartfelt importance and happiness
  4. Developing new talents and skills; it may become a new career
  5. Improving memory and mental skills; our brain needs exercises
  6. Nurturing creativity and imagination; helps to think out-of-the-box
  7. Building a strong and healthy body; maintaining peak performance
  8. Developing positive attitudes; negative thinking is undesirable waste

Hobby Choices

How did you decide on your choice of hobby?

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