What mom isn’t busy today. We are more stressed than ever between running to appointments, classes, activities, and play dates. We continually worry about making the best and healthiest choices for our family. So what about us? We need to remember that we need to make healthy lifestyle choices for ourselves as well. Pursuing a hobby might just be the ticket to a happier and healthier life.
A hobby? Are you kidding me? Who has time for that? Right?
But hobbies are shown to relieve stress and ease tension. Spending time doing something you enjoyed can help replace negative thoughts with good feelings and emotions. Having a hobby can be a great outlet for pent-up emotions and lift your spirits, improving your mindset and your overall health.
- Relieves stress
- Intellectual stimulation
- Connect with others
- Helps mom maintain a sense of personal identity
- Sets a great example of the kids, encouraging them to have a hobby
- Changes up the daily routine
- Give mom something that is for her
Back in the day, women had hobbies like sewing and quilting to provide tangible necessities to their families. Knitting and crocheting were important to the family; however, today, these can be lost arts and an excellent hobby to take up to have something you enjoy and can take pride in. Other hobbies like gardening or sports can provide exercise as well. This is great because you are not only getting physical exercise, which is a healthy benefit, but you are working your mind too. This is the best combination to keep you young and healthy. And who doesn’t want to work on staying young?
Has it been so long since you did anything for yourself that you don’t even know where to begin? If you are wanting to find a hobby but aren’t sure where to start, here are some hobbies you can do from home that you might want to consider.
- learning an instrument
I realize you are thinking “who has the time for a hobby?” But remember, it is important to carve out a little time for yourself. This year, I have been making a concerted effort to spend a little time doing what I like. I don’t get much time but when I do, I feel better having gotten a little time for me. I’m trying to get over feeling selfish but I know it’s a much healthier plan. Why not carve out some time to pursue your hobby Mom? Don’t let a shortage of time stop you. Rearrange your schedule and put YOU back in it.
In case you are looking to start a new hobby, here are some great books to get you thinking about what you might enjoy.
So I challenge you to spend some time doing something you love. Even if it’s 10 minute coloring or baking bread on Sunday afternoon, you need some time for you. Learn French, French cooking, or eat some French Fries while you read a fiction novel. Whatever you find relaxing, take some time this week to do it.
What hobbies do you plan to pursue?