During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of adults actively engaging in their hobbies – new and old – rose quite considerably. In fact, over 70% of adults reported an increase in hobby activity, likely due to the fact that they had more free time on their hands than ever before.
Unfortunately, while some changes instigated by the lockdowns have remained, such as remote or hybrid working, this dedication to hobbies has dropped somewhat – despite the fact that hobbies enrich our lives in multiple ways.
With that in mind, here are three reasons why you should continue to invest your time, energy, and money into your hobbies!
Investing in your hobbies is good for your mental health.
Hobbies are more than just a fun way to spend your free time, as they can also do wonders for your mental health. For example, spending time doing something you love can help when dealing with stress, anxiety, or burnout by providing you with a healthy outlet for your emotions. This could make it easier to find the energy you need to meet your goals both inside and outside of the workplace!
Beyond this, many studies have found that people who regularly engage in their hobbies report lower levels of stress, anxiety, and depression than those who do not make time for hobbies in their schedule.
Investing in your hobbies allows you to get the most out of your experience.
While there are many low-cost hobbies to pursue, it’s important to remember that money spent on your hobbies is always money well spent. After all, it is an investment in your health and happiness, which is something that you cannot put a price on.
Furthermore, being willing to spend a bit of money on your hobbies will help you to make the most out of the experience, bringing in even more benefits as a result. For example, if you were considering learning how to fly, then buying the right equipment, such as pilot headsets can make all the difference.
Investing in your hobbies can help you to make new friends.
Making friends feels easy when you’re young but near impossible as an adult – with 45% of adults admitting they find it hard to make new friends. However, if you’re looking to expand your social group in the new year, then investing time into a new hobby could be a great starting point. After all, this will allow you to engage directly with people who share your interests and passions – giving you some common ground to build a relationship on. This makes it easier to bypass any awkwardness when getting to know each other, as you’ll always have something to talk about, and it can help you to form strong, lasting friendships and relationships.
While this works most effectively in “social” hobbies, such as team sports, you can easily connect with other hobbyists virtually too. For example, if you were a keen gardener, you could join an online group where you can chat with other green-thumbs or share tips and tricks with each other!