Everyone is good at something. Learning a hobby or new skill is a great way for you to have something for yourself. Hobbies are not only entertaining but when you find a hobby that you enjoy, it really gives you a sense of accomplishment.
If you have been putting off finding a hobby for yourself, indulging in a favorite past time can have a very positive impact on your personal and professional life, not to mention your physical well being.
How to Find a Hobby
A hobby is something you do during your leisure time for enjoyment. A hobby does not have to be an art or craft. Many hobbies become part of your life that you’ll want to find more time to work on. Not everyone will understand your hobby but most times there will be a good size network of people who also share your same interest. Hobbies are a huge part of people’s lives all over the world, and there are many different ones to choose from.
Developing a hobby is not only a great way to spend your time time but can also be the perfect channel to express your creativity.
Every week make a list of three things that you either enjoy or have always wanted to learn about. The next step is to explore these options; for instance, if you have been mulling over learning to play gold forever, try your hand at it by paying a visiting to a community instructional event. This way you will be able to pinpoint the activities that you enjoy. After all, it is one thing to watch someone else and a totally different thing to do it yourself.
Mind mapping can be extremely useful for individuals who have a lot of trouble organizing their thoughts and ideas. Mind maps are just diagrams used to connect multitudes of ideas to each other. It’s a way to express oneself and organize one’s ideas at the same time. The best thing about mind maps is you can easily modify it whenever you feel that a cluster of ideas isn’t working for you anymore. Just erase the clusters to remove them. With mind maps, you can also connect smaller clusters of ideas to other headlines and sub sections. In the end, you can connect ten or twenty ideas easily, and follow through with what you were planning, originally. For example, if you were planning to build a new boat, you can use a mind map to make sure that you will be able to tackle all of the parts of the boat (with their corresponding materials and tools).
Once you find a hobby you love, there’s no doubt you’ll become an expert. Whether you’re retired or in your youth our hobby center is your source for hobby ideas and information. Find a hobby today!
Why Get a Hobby?
If you don’t know everything you enjoy, don’t worry. Few people know all the things under the sun that they enjoy doing. Go out and discover some hobbies, don’t expect a hobby to find you. So, get ready to hop off the couch and try out new things because you never know when a particular activity will strike a chord.
There are many ways to be productive. Being productive can help you feel better, accomplish more, and even lose weight. Some popular ways to be productive are working out, running errands, lawn work, gardening, and taking care of kids. Start a Journal.
Life is a learning curve and you’re never too old to learn. In many ways you truly are only as old as you think you are. Never shy away from learning something, the quest for knowledge should be a perpetual human desire.
If you do not have the time to make it to the tennis court or the golf course, fret not. Try collecting something; from stamps to coins, there are lots of variations available and the best part is that this hobby can be on 24/7 as you go about your regular chores.
If you are confident with your skills, and the way that your hobby is progressing there may also be the opportunity to turn it into a small business. Your hobby can open up a huge array of choices, and paths for you to take. However, the hobby can also remain low key, and simply something that you enjoy doing.
Hobbies can be relaxing, and help with any stress issues you may have, they are also fantastic at meeting new friends.
Socializing can help stimulate your brain. Try taking Care of pets or kids. Stay close and talk to people that make you feel good and who you can love and trust. Branch out and talk to people that you don’t necessarily feel comfortable around. Just moved to a new city and don’t know anybody yet? Join a website like Meetup.com and look for common-interest groups in your area. Always exercise caution when meeting people offline for the first time. Social networking not really your thing? Grab a local paper and get in on one of the group activities at a YMCA or church in your area.
Too often, people rely on their pre-set responses to different situations. If a problem arises, they refer to common solutions, and then move on. People live their lives without really using their critical faculties. The result? Their creativity and logical thinking suffer in the long term because they were never fully used. That ends today; you’re going to learn right now how adopt a critical mindset. Here are the steps:
- Always ask questions. When you ask questions, you reframe reality and you take in the potentialities and alternatives within a given situation. If you don’t ask questions frequently, the tendency is you will accept the beliefs and solutions of other people. This might be convenient sometimes, but it doesn’t help boost your mind power at all, because you revert to a passive acceptance of information.
- Solve problems systematically. Whenever you are faced with a problem, the best thing to do is to list down everything you know about the problem first, and then list down all of the possible solutions. If your current solution does not work, just move on and test other solutions in your list.
- Don’t believe what you see or hear immediately. Often, things are really not what they seem. It’s actually bad to just trust what you see, because people can often manipulate what’s in front of you just to get your agreement. So before accepting something as truth, be inquisitive and try to get the truth behind what’s in front of you.
Whether its writing, cooking, photography, sculptures or pottery; give your creativity a chance. Finally, mingling with likeminded people can often make you see the importance of a hobby and the fun quotient that can be associated with it. So, don’t just languish with the thoughts of cultivating a new hobby, join online and offline groups to discuss what you enjoy. After all, finding a new hobby only takes experimentation and an open mind.
The human brain has two main divisions that represent two very distinct thinking centers: the creative center and the logic center. Many times, people overuse their logic centers while completely ignoring their creative sides.
The logic center of the brain is often used for problem solving, rationalizing, etc. while the creative center is used primarily for self-expression.
Most of the time, people overuse their logic centers while completely ignoring their creative sides. It’s fine if you work in an environment that requires you to use your logic center more (i.e. you’re a computer programmer or mathematician); however, you still need to balance your use of both sides of the brain so your brain power won’t take a hit.
The easiest way to stimulate your creative center is by engaging in music, art, and writing. These three activities should be enough for anyone because once you start on just one of these activities, I’m sure your days and nights will be filled with pure personal enjoyment, and more importantly, brain challenges in the form learning how to do things right.
For example, if you want to learn how to sketch realistic human figures, you have to learn how to draw accurate lines on paper. All that effort challenges the brain, and the brain responds by increasing the number of connections it has.
Challenge Your Senses
Too often we become dependent on just one or two senses (usually hearing and sight). Try focusing on some of your other senses. But what would happen if you purposefully blocked out your major senses? Well, the brain would actually have to work harder to compensate for the blocked senses! Blocking one or more of your senses is good brain exercise. You can try this simple brain-boosting exercise when performing simple activities such as eating, or even when you’re folding origami. As long as you’re not driving or operating any machinery, you can probably blindfold yourself or block out your ears with earplugs without running into trouble. During the exercise, I want you to immerse yourself in the experience of having to use your other senses to make sense of what’s happening. The longer you immerse yourself in this exercise, the better the results.
We live in a very eye-centric society where people trust their eyes over all their other senses. This can lead to mental stagnation and reduced mental acuity over the long term. You need to use all of your senses if you want to keep your mind sharp. This can be done in a variety of ways.
For example, you can visit a pastry shop so you can sample cookies and breads that you would have never thought of buying for yourself. You can challenge your sense of smell by blindfolding yourself and having someone bring you items to smell. You have to identify the items just by smelling them.
We want to heighten your senses so the brain will be challenged even more to bring you the correct answer. You can easily embark on a sensory adventure at home or when you are traveling. If you can perform this exercise once or twice a week, you are well on your way to improving your brain power.
Thinking Outside the Box
If you settle for quick fixes and plain solutions each and every time, your mind will stagnate and you will feel uncreative and unmotivated. This is the reason why you should always try to arrive at more creative solutions to problems. It’s not that you don’t want to solve your issues or problems with time-tested solutions; you can apply those solutions, but you can think of novel solutions at the same time. Spark those neurons and brain cells!
Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
Don’t just focus on what you’re good at. Learn something new. Like most people you probably have a comfort zone. One great way to boost your brain power is to step out of this comfort zone and begin learning new things. You probably stick to things the same types of food, books, and clothing. Step out of your mental comfort zone and seek out things that are completely out of this world. For example, try reading more fiction books to widen your creative horizons. If you never get dressed up try getting dressed up for No Reason. Embrace the strange and try to learn from new experiences. Remember to believe in yourself and your abilities.