Hobbies for the Active Mind
We rarely talk about the importance of keeping our mind active.
Work and school can be grueling enough, our mind is at work all day. Why not use free time for more passive activities?
Now, I’m with you.
I already know I will be scrolling through social media during my breaks and every night before I go to bed.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
But sometimes we realize later that we had more time than we thought. Browsing for a minute or taking a break to watch one video can turn into several before we know it. Then follows the guilt of all the tasks we should have done, or could have done.
Lately, I’ve been trying to use more of my free time towards developing my skill set. Using that sweet spot of time between routine work and actually falling asleep.
By doing more activities, I’ve been less tired and less stressed. It has kept me in high spirits and I have something I look forward to doing at the beginning or end of my day.
It doesn’t take nearly as much time as you might think either. It doesn’t have to be a chore or yet another thing to add to your growing to do list. Sometimes I only spend 10 minutes and other times up to an hour.
Here is a list of hobbies that I have tried and tested. They’re all great ideas for improving your personal and professional life!
An easy and surprisingly versatile hobby is reading. Books are not always limited physical copies of fiction and non-fiction. A magazine, graphic novel, blogpost or other independent online creators all count too! You can read from your home, the library or a café. You can be alone or grab a friend. The options are endless!
Another hobby I have always enjoyed is learning languages. I love learning new languages and cultures before traveling! It makes for an immersive experience. A new language can be daunting as a beginner, but even starting from an app on your phone can make a big difference. Knowing more than one language can be a valuable skill. Especially if you live in a country with more than one national language.
Along the skill-based path, picking up an instrument is an exciting hobby. Maybe you already have one that you haven’t been able to give your attention to or you played one in school. Even if you’re brand new, there are so many resources out there. You don’t need to pay for expensive lessons if you don’t want or need to.
Physical activity is a hobby that is beneficial for the mind, body, and soul. It’s also something that you can do alone or with others. Do what you enjoy and how you feel most comfortable doing it. It can be as simple as taking a walk around your neighborhood or following a video online.
Something I loved doing as a child but lost as an adult is puzzles! There are so many puzzles to choose from and we can’t forget about those adult coloring books. Seriously, I can’t. They’re everywhere. Pick up a physical jigsaw puzzle, coloring book, word search, crossword, or Sudoku! It’s a great way to focus and calm your mind for a short period of time!
If you have the time to spare, try volunteering or joining an association. It can be a great way to meet like-minded people. It’s also flexible. Volunteering supports a wide variety of interests. It helps develop skills and you could meet some amazing people in the area.
I’m not stopping you from lying in bed to watch a video or browse through social media. Take some of the time from scheduling for nourishing that mind too. It can be both relaxing and rewarding.
Our mind runs all day and doing something we enjoy, even if it involves some learning, can be a welcome break. It feels amazing to get your mind off your everyday tasks.
You also may never know how it could help you in your career or personal life, and who you may meet along the way!
By Jasman Sahota