A hobby is an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure. The picture you’re looking at is my latest hobby, colouring, and I love every second of it. Here are three amazing benefits of having one.
1.They’re excellent for your mental health.
As an actor, sometimes you don’t know when your next gig is going to be and the time in between projects can be torturous. Having a hobby helps take all that pain away. For me, working on either my motion comic or colouring takes me right to my happy place. This is the energy state I want to both work from and put out into the world. Even if you’re not an actor, the stresses of life feel very real. Hobbies give you something other than your problems to focus on.
2.Cooler heads prevail.
When you make spending time on your hobby a priority (I recommend a minimum of five to ten minutes, or longer) what you’re really making a priority is time to clear your head and enjoy some relaxation. Einstein said, “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. Hobbies are a great way to switch up your mood, much like putting on music or working out. So, whether you’re trying to solve a math problem or calm down from a fight, immersing yourself in your hobby will help do the trick.
3. You never know.
I could never have imagined the joy my colouring would bring to other people. I mean I’m not drawing anything, I’m just colouring things in, but for whatever reason, it resonates with people. I can appreciate this. Anyone who knows me knows I love me a good positive post. It can be a quote, a picture of a cute dog, or a blog by an amateur writer. When that perfect thought or image hits me at the perfect time, I don’t care if it comes from Oprah or the girl I follow on twitter from the gym. An uplifting message is an uplifting message no matter where it comes from. Doing something because you love doing it has some serious power attached to it and you never know who’s day it might brighten.
The world needs your passion and your hobbies are the perfect gateways to unleashing your greatness. Thank you so much for reading, lots of love.