Did you know that having a hobby is correlated with a higher quality of work performance? This is because investing in something you like creates a sense of belonging and purpose, which removes stress accumulated from a typical workday. Whether it's attending a sports club, baking cupcakes for a party, or hiking in the woods, hobbies allow you to actively engage in your life without the pressure of having to meet someone else's expectations.
Once you're back to a regular Monday, you will be happier while on the job since you just took time off to relax.
Spending time on your interests, especially if you enjoy attending social events, can help you pick up some useful skills along the way. But what if you haven't found a hobby yet? In that case, why don't you try to find some activity that you enjoy like reading fantasy novels or watching action movies? You could explore some ideas online before turning them into a dedicated hobby.
For instance, if you love to design graphics then you can broaden your horizons by taking an art class to learn about anatomy. You never know, a coworker might be impressed by the artwork lying around your cubicle. Or do you love walking your dog to get some exercise? Try volunteering at an animal shelter for a few hours each week. You will feel more accomplished by taking care of rescued dogs.
Think about your childhood and what kind of hobbies made you proud of yourself? Was it your stellar performance in track and field? Did you spend several months on a lab project so you could compete in the science fair? Although becoming an adult will keep you busy, you still have the option to revisit your past interests. People appreciate the things that accentuate their strengths and bring out their personality.
To figure out which hobbies would fit your lifestyle, you might want to take a personality assessment. The Strong Interest Inventory and the Myer Briggs Type Indicator are both capable of recognizing a person's most compatible activities. They provide you with greater insight into how sociable you are, your problem solving tendencies, and whether your attitude is more passionate and altruistic, or more oriented towards logical thinking.
The important thing is to try different hobbies until you find one you'd enjoy long-term. Joining group hangouts will also allow you to share your interests with new friends which teaches you skills in the workplace as well.
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