Adopting a new hobby can be life changing. Have you always wanted to try something new or explore a different creative outlet? Writing for me started out as a hobby, and really as a side project to document my journey to minimalism. From there, I’ve written three novels, self-published one, and work on three others in my spare time. It inspired me to continue writing and start a life coaching business, where I hope to inspire people to be productive and cultivate their passion.
Now is the perfect time to start a hobby. I don’t always feel like I have the time, but I make sure I schedule in my creative outlets because there are so many benefits. It helps me stay grounded, find creativity in other aspects of my life, and develop focus habits to keep me enthusiastic. Here’s why you should try a new hobby.
You feel good
“When people do things that make them feel good, like a hobby, it activates an area of the brain called the nucleus accumbens that controls how we feel about life, said Dr. S. Ausim Azizi”. Check out this awesome NY Times article for more information on the psychological benefits of hobbies. It’s a better understanding of the brain than I’ll ever be able to explain.
Increased creativity and focus
Have you ever entered a state of flow in something you were doing? You lose sense of time, get focused, and become insanely productive. Often, we hear about the flow state in athletics, but it’s just as rewarding to get into a creative flow, especially through a hobby.
I’ve been able to translate that creativity into new projects like novels and my new habit program. It keeps me curious; I’m always searching for a new outlet to share my crazy ideas and continue to provide value in the lives of others.
Train your creativity
Creativity is like a muscle. If you train it, especially by branching out from your regular routine with a new hobby, the muscle will strengthen. You’ll be able to call on your creativity in different parts of your life. If you ignore it, though, or don’t train it often, the muscle will atrophy. New hobbies keep your brain fresh, your ideas flowing, and your creative muscle active.
Stretch your comfort zone
By getting into something new, you’re stretching your comfort zone. The more often you do this, the more you can practice being a beginner. The beginner’s mindset helps you release from perfectionism, come up with new ideas to build confidence, and have fun.
Stretching your comfort zone is an excellent way to train your creativity. You are forced to use different parts of your brain, but the great thing is, our brains are always looking to make connections. Training your creativity in a new hobby is a great way to connect and find new solutions for a different project or even your work.
If you think you can’t build a hobby into your crazy life, find a new way to incorporate it. Make it a family activity or do it with a partner, view it as a professional or personal development tool, do it instead of a mindless activity like TV or social media scrolling, or schedule it into your day. If you set dedicated time to trying something new, you’re more likely to sit down and do it.