10 Reasons to Take Up a Creative Hobby
I have a seemingly endless list of things I wish I’ve done sooner, but near the top of that list has always been – and probably always will be – starting a creative hobby.
We all have a good idea of what a hobby is; it’s basically something we regularly do for fun outside of work and other commitments. A creative hobby is exactly what it sounds like – a hobby where you create something, from pieces of writing to illustrations and everything in between. And no, you don’t have to be artistic or creative to start.
We tend to dismiss creative hobbies, and hobbies in general, as something not worth doing unless we’re naturally skilled or something we simply don’t have the time for. And that’s such a shame because having a hobby is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
There are plenty of creative hobbies that you can dive right in to. Here are a few to help ignite your creative spark!
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Creative hobbies come in many forms and offer insurmountable benefits, regardless of skill level. As for time, that part’s a bit trickier. But think of it this way: there are twenty-four hours in a day. Let’s assume half of that goes towards work, school, other commitments and the corresponding commutes. Three hours can be spent on errands and basic needs, and let’s give ourselves a generous eight hours of sleep – sounds nice right?
That leaves us with a whole hour, and you don’t even need to spend all of it on a hobby to reap all the benefits. Thirty minutes can make a huge difference, and that’s only two percent of your day!
Alrighty, now that we got the main excuses out of the way, let’s talk benefits because I’ve got 10 of ‘em!
1 | Hobbies relieve stress.
This one’s a no-brainer. Hobbies give you a break from whatever is causing you stress. It’s something enjoyable that can get your mind off your worries, even for just a bit, while also helping you clear your head.
2 | They’re also beneficial for your mental health.
Many people, including myself and loved ones in my life, turn to hobbies to cope with anxiety and depression. On top of relieving stress, hobbies can help improve your mood and help you relax. Creative hobbies are especially great for this because they encourage self-expression and, sometimes, self-reflection.
3 | Overall, they’re just really good for your brain.
The great thing about creative hobbies is that you’re constantly learning something new. Studies have shown that some hobbies can improve memory and cognitive function since you’re putting your brain to work… but, like, fun work.
4 | Hobbies offer new challenges and experiences.
Even though hobbies tend to be low-risk and low-pressure, they can push you to heights you didn’t think were possible when you first start out. Some hobbies will have steeper learning curves, while others require learning new techniques to build on the ones you already know.
At some point, you might want to expand on your hobby. From there, you can join communities, share your work with the world, attend events, and even create another stream of income.
5 | Hobbies can also help improve your performance at work.
Self-discipline and the abilities to learn new things, think outside of the box, and take the initiative are skills that are highly valued in the workplace and skills that you can build upon through your hobby. On top of all that, having a way to de-stress and recharge can help improve your overall work-life.
6 | They keep you away from time-wasting habits.
We all have different ways of wasting time. For me and many others, it’s aimlessly browsing through social media. While it’s not the worst thing you can do with your free time, there’s no real benefit to it, and there are certainly better things to occupy yourself with. You can use that time to improve on a skill, learn a new technique, or create something – even if that thing never sees the light of day.
7 | Hobbies can help you meet new people and strengthen current relationships.
Not all hobbies are as social as team sports and book clubs, but you’re bound to connect with someone who has the same passion for a hobby as you do. There are plenty of online communities to join and events to attend. And sometimes, you might realize that you don’t have to look far to find someone who shares the same interests.
8 | You’re always learning.
It’s good for your brain (see above) and for your growth. Everyone starts somewhere, and they pick up new skills, tricks, and insights along the way. Even people who are at the top of their game find ways to improve and innovate.
9 | They add another layer to your identity.
Now you have an answer to that icebreaker question: what do you do for fun?
10 | Hobbies are fun and rewarding.
In one of my economics classes, we were taught that the higher the risk, the greater the return. But that’s not the case for hobbies at all. The only real risk is going overboard and spending more money than you have on a hobby. Aside from that, you don’t have much to lose when picking up a hobby, but lots to gain. They’re meant to be fun and stress-free with room for mistakes (or happy accidents).
And with creative hobbies, you can create something that is your own and see yourself improve over time, which feels pretty damn gratifying.
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You don’t have to be creative to have a creative hobby. Everyone has to start somewhere, but the most important thing is that you start.
Some hobbies will come and go, and that’s perfectly normal. It’s when you find that one hobby that you absolutely love and immerse yourself in that you’ll notice the positive impact it has on your health and wellbeing.
What is your creative hobby? And if you don’t have one yet, which one are you most interested in?