Theres no better feeling than what the Netflix Documentary Happy, calls “Flow”. Flow is introduced thence, as that feeling of being completely in tuned with whatever it is that you’re doing. You’re in complete rapture and with that, you are at ease. No racing thoughts, no worries just flowing. You may find it rather difficult to obtain this feeling of flow every day, which is why it’s so important to have hobbies!
When practicing your hobbies, you’re benefiting your mind, your body, and soul. This is why its important to mix it up between physical hobbies and hobbies that heal the mind.
Let me begin with sharing some of the things I do.
Since I am in the very bottom of the athletic food chain, I am going to not go too in depth with this one. (I’m still working on it.) I got my gym membership and all that but I like to spend my weekends going on hikes or at least trying to. It’s a great way to get exercise, nature is a plus and it’s free! Bottom line is if I can do it, so can you!
Browse for Inspiration
All right, I promise I’m not completely lazy; when it comes to making a trip to Michael’s or another hobby store, catch me stepping into those doors and begin contemplating all the endless opportunities! Just about any DIY project can be born in those magical isles. My latest one I tried a couple weeks ago, was making my own organic face scrub. I totally jacked the recipe from Vicky’s mom. (Sorry Vikki if you’re reading this).
Write Out Your Feelings
Another past time I also share with Vicky, one of the many reasons why I love Vicky so much as she’s always down for hobbies. We love to have journaling sessions because not too many people value the importance of keeping a journal. It’s hard to write in it every day. But you should try. Sometimes I get into a panic because I don’t even know what is going on in my head, this is what journaling is for. After I have sat myself down and written out all my thoughts everything makes more sense.
& Listen Away
You know what I hate more than going to the gym and writing my feelings? Not that I hate any of those things, but I hate it when I don’t feel like listening to music. At times like these, I contemplate if I’m depressed or not. What is going on? Why does everything sound so overplayed and annoying?
This is when you should actually think about making your own music! I taught myself how to use GarageBand on my iPad last summer and I was definitely obsessed for a while. I mean, you can literally do anything on there! You can play the oboe, Clarinet, guitar, keys and just about anything! I actually picked up the Real guitar and I have been slowly teaching myself on wikiHow. It’s challenging and very rewarding, I think more people should create and play music. You don’t have to be an artist you know.
For the next hobby on this list, many would say it’s not for everyone. Art, I wish more people would do it. People have beliefs they’re not good at it, it’s not meant for them or it’s not their thing. OK, and you think going to the gym is my thing? I look confused, but I still go or at least try to go on a regular basis. I wish this was the same case for every single artistic outlet out there. Stop short selling yourself and try something creative! I truly believe that anyone can be artistic. Just because you have never done something before doesn’t mean you can’t do it.
Well there you have it, I wrote this blog using voice memos in traffic. Maybe that’s not safe, and perhaps I should not advertise that, but I was just on a roll about how passionate I am for hobbies. Hobbies are more than just acquiring a skills and gaining experience, you get in the ‘flow’, as I stated earlier. You forget about why you’re stressing, overthinking, and you just live in the moment. And then on top of that, the most fulfilling thing to me, is to see your hard work completed.I hope you will take this advice and try something new!