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The Importance of Having a Hobby

28 SEPTEMBER 2022 - MAYA - STUDENT LIFE

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Everyone seems to talk about the importance of having a healthy work-life balance or even a healthy school-life balance or in most of our cases a healthy work-school-life balance. But do you find yourself in every free moment you have clutching to your phone in the depths of a Netflix binge? Or going out drinking with mates every night?

Do you ever wish there was more to life but you lack the motivation to even go on a walk?

As a kid we had so many hobbies to keep ourselves active, from sports to art, there was never a dull moment. Seemingly as an adult we lose out on those activities whether they are no longer accessible because of our age or we leave because our hobbies aren’t “cool” in the eyes of a blossoming teenager (who clearly knows everything about life). Then we settle into a life without those hobbies because society seems to think that as you grow you don’t need to learn as much as a child does. We are no longer encouraged by family or peers to play sports or learn an instrument, but that does not mean we should stop with our hobbies just because we gain more freedom as we age. Eventually, we should acknowledge that most of us have only scratched the surface on what life has to offer.

Let’s talk about the importance of a hobby and why we should have one… A hobby is an activity that someone does for enjoyment, typically outside of their workplace. However, there are many benefits other than pleasure for someone to have a hobby such as: the prevention of bad habits, stress relief, new friends, fulfilment, new skills, confidence, interesting stories and a greater enrichment of life. We can all understand the benefits of a hobby but still find excuses not to do it, the biggest one is “I’m too busy”. However, if we shorten our time-wasting activities like bingeing Netflix you’ll find that there is time in the day, no matter if its 15 minutes or 3 hours.

Now here is the most important part… how can I start a hobby? Well, you should start with something simple that you like the sound off, you don’t need to tackle a hobby like bird-watching where you need to learn about the different types of species and locations to find birds.

Here are some examples of simple and popular hobbies to get you started:

  1. Reading
    If you like a TV show that’s based on a fantasy world, start out with a small fantasy novel, you don’t need to read Hemmingway to be considered a reader.
     
  2. Cooking
    Don’t have enough time in the day for a hobby? Find an activity in your day that you can make fun. Buy a recipe book to spice up your lunches!
     
  3. Writing
    You could start a journal, some poetry, a novel or a blog whichever you feel suits your style. Fiction or non-fiction, as long as you enjoy writing it.
     
  4. Yoga or Meditation
    It’s a great way to start your day and you can find so many starter videos on YouTube.
     
  5. Photography
    We take photos almost every day from selfies to snaps of our breakfast, why not post it? Find what you like and wish to share with others!

If you don’t want to start a hobby alone, you’re in the best position as a university student! You should check out our societies at the university and join other students wishing to try out something new: https://www.uosunion.org/societies/joinasociety/ 

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