Feeling a little stuck in a rut? Perhaps you’re contemplating a career change or thinking about trying something new. Guess what? It’s good for you!
Hobbies for your Health
Picking up a new hobby, learning a skill, or tackling a new personal project, can be good for you. It’s not, however, just about the thing you do. Taking a dance class, starting an online course, or beginning an exercise challenge helps you focus your energies on something new. In terms of your mental health, hobbies allow you an opportunity to get creative, beyond the confines of your work day, and get active in a new type of way. Joining a local dance studio could lead you towards meeting a whole new circle of friends, while taking an online course could help you carve out a new career path.
Pick a New Thing to Do
Of course, one of the most commonly touted reasons why people choose not to pick up a hobby is time. Or, rather, a lack of time. By setting your hobby as a weekly priority, however, you can become a little more efficient in your use of time every day. Do you need to cook dinner for two nights on Monday, so that you’re free for Tuesday night dance class? Easily done. Book a regular, trusted babysitter for Wednesday evenings, so you can study without worrying about childcare for a few hours. Getting up an hour earlier than usual, so you can attend an early morning yoga class, or pound the pavement for a few kilometres, isn’t an impossible task. Whatever it is that you choose to do, make it a personal priority for yourself and your lifestyle. If you’re concerned about taking on too much, all at once, pick something small and manageable first, and then build towards creating more time to participate in the activity you’ve selected.
Excellent Side Effects
There are multiple health and wellbeing side effects related to doing something new. They include:
- Disrupting your routine, if you’re feeling uninspired or stuck within your daily life;
- Meeting new people;
- Discovering new places in your city;
- Helping to keep your stress levels at a manageable level;
- Exercising your brain;
- Stimulating your creativity and,
- Improving your memory.
LifeDoc Can Help
Before starting a new exercise routine, consult with your doctor to ensure you’re ready. Alternatively, if you’re worried about your stress levels, your doctor may recommend a change in lifestyle. Book that appointment and let LifeDoc™ help!
Now available for download as a mobile application, LifeDoc™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, making it easier to keep track of appointments and schedule those important check-ups, while securely storing your personal medical history. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.