September 15th, 2019 12:00am
Boredom is not just a problem for teens. This relatively “new” challenge of modern times has now spread to adults of every age. New research on boredom defines it as “wanting, but being unable, to engage in satisfying activity.” It can have negative consequences and has been linked to accidents on the job as well as impulse control problems such as binge eating and substance abuse. How can you combat boredom? You need to find an activity that provides your life with a bit of a jumpstart.
The Benefits of a New Hobby
Picking up a new hobby is good for your mind, body, and self-care. Even if you are a full-time working professional (or a workaholic), research has shown that having a hobby can help you recover from the high stress of a demanding job. That prevents burnout and allows you to be more productive at work.
Hobbies have even more benefits for you:
Finding the Right Hobby for You
You'll be more motivated to keep at a hobby if you pick one that is right for you. As mentioned, it should be enjoyable. When exploring hobbies, Lifehack advises that you carve out half an hour a few times a week to try one out.
Here are some hobbies that can make your life more interesting:
Getting physically active is often recommended for people who want to burn off excess stress, and dancing is probably the most enjoyable way to get your heart pumping. The dance styles you can learn are nearly endless, and the best part is that no matter which style you choose, you’ll be expressing yourself creatively every time you move your feet to the music.
Kayaking is a great way to get outdoors and on the water all while getting in a good workout and clearing your mind. It’s also a fun activity to do with the whole family. If you’ve got multiple kayaks, just make sure you’ve got the right trailer to transport them.
Hobbies are great for your physical, mental and emotional health. More importantly, they give you a wonderful outlet to reduce boredom.