Hobbies give us something to look forward to and get excited about. They help alleviate boredom by providing a fulfilling activity that doesn’t have to be tied to work, chores or other responsibilities. Hobbies can stretch the limits of your imagination, challenge you physically or help you see the world in a new way. They can help you to develop new skills or create a sense of accomplishment by learning something new. They can also help you to meet new people with the same interests and build lasting friendships.
Hobbies are a great stress reliever, providing an outlet for emotions that you may not be able to express in your daily life. Whether it’s gardening, playing a sport or reading a good book, doing something that you enjoy helps to keep you from getting overwhelmed by everyday life.
While many hobbies are solitary in nature, some involve social interaction and sharing of products, such as woodworking, software projects and artistic creations. Hobbyists are often known to organize club membership, communicate in online forums and meet in person for social events, such as a board game night or craft fair.
Hobbies can increase cognitive functioning and improve mental health. When you have a hobby, you are not staring at your screen, which prevents you from experiencing the brain fatigue associated with using technology, and it can slow down your heart rate and decrease frequency of your brain waves at bedtime, helping you to fall asleep faster. Instead of spending an hour watching two episodes of The Office or browsing Facebook, try a relaxing hobby like historical fantasy Scythe, space-opera strategy Quantum, or puzzler Sagrada.