During this strange summer, I’ve heard of many people taking up new hobbies and learning new skills in their extra free time. I, meanwhile, have developed an interest in a new sport.
One day, I to decided take my dad’s old clubs he never uses to the driving range and teach myself how to play golf. Since that day, I’ve played golf every week either alone at the range or meeting a couple friends for nine holes. Each outing, I improve my game and feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
I’ve since learned developing a new hobby is actually beneficial to your psychological health. Specifically, hobbies help you become more efficient, improve time management, cope with stress, make new friends and give you something to talk about. All good things, right?
I’ve definitely noticed my golf hobby strengthening my bond with my friends and providing a release for built-up stress during these unfamiliar times.
My experience with golf over the past few months also got me thinking about what other activities are out there I’ve never considered. The world has so much to offer, but I often get so caught up in my everyday routine I forget to try new things. Our hobbies and interests shouldn’t always be our last priority, saved until we have “extra” time. Going forward, I’ve decided to allow my activities to be a weekly priority in my life. I think doing so will make me a happier and healthier person.
Have you taken up any new hobbies this summer? If you haven’t, I encourage you to find something you’ve always wanted to try and just do it! Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn piano. Perhaps you’d enjoy improving your photography skills. Or, maybe you’ve never had the extra time to volunteer for an organization you’re passionate about.
Whatever it is, make it a priority in your life and I know you’ll come out happier overall.