We fall into our hobbies for varying reasons. Some of us have held the same hobbies for quite some time while others are acquiring new hobbies by the month. Whatever the case, our hobbies present an extreme luxury as they are all things that we actually enjoying doing.
What we may not realize, however, is that our hobbies may offer more benefits to our lives than we initially think. If utilized efficiently, our hobbies can offer great benefits to not only our livelihood but also our careers. Here’s how:
1. Promote creativity: Our hobbies allow the space and opportunity for our creative juices to flow. When engaging in hobbies, one is often forced to focus in, tune everything else out and provide undivided attention. This level of focus offers room for the mind to steady and explore. Constant practice of stilling and expanding the mind can work wonders out and in the workplace. No one was ever fired for being more creative at work.
2. Relieve stress: Doing what makes you happy as often as possible is one of the greatest stress relievers. Given life’s hustle and bustle, there is nothing like having your fun hobby to go home to unwind to. Getting in the practice of constantly relieving your stress can aid in your mental and physical health. A healthy you is a more productive you.
3. Expand your network: Hobbies are great for introducing you to new people who share your interest. Find a group, activity, or event based around your hobby near you and you never know who you may run into. The larger and more diverse your network, the larger and more diverse opportunities you’re exposed to.
4. Promotes self-reliance: Your hobby is likely something that you do alone and must apply your personal skills and attention to in order for it to be a success. Without the crutch of teammates, you’re accountability raises. Training yourself to figure things out, by yourself, will be beneficial when embarking on a new career venture or taking your current career to the next level.
5. Supplement your income: If you’re actually good at your hobby, you could find a way to monetize it. Having additional income cannot only alleviate financial stress, but it can also work wonders for freedom. Without the constraints of finances, you’re free not to settle for the job you need but to seek and find the job you want.