As a mum, family life will naturally take up most of your time. It can also be challenging to make time for yourself or grab five minutes for some peace and quiet. However, we wouldn’t have it any other way! Although at times it might be a little hectic, there are some significant benefits if you can sneak away for an hour to try something new.
Take a look:
1. Stress buster
Family life and stress often go hand in hand, so to get away from it all for a moment’s peace, take up a new hobby. It doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous either. Why not opt for a yoga class to relax your mind or sweat it out in a spin class to relieve the pressure. New hobbies can transport your mind away from the bustle of everyday drama and give you time to think. Clearing your mind is ideal for looking at situations in a different light, so all in all, hobbies can help breathe a new perspective into life’s little problems.
2. Social interaction
Social circles can become closer as you move into adult life, and in some cases, you may feel isolated. That doesn’t have to be the case, and starting a new hobby can open up a social circle with likeminded people. Hobbies also give you something different to talk about and learning from others and finding out about different lifestyles can help to bring perspective on various issues.
3. Boosts confidence
Everyone has moments where they feel like a fish out of water and trying something new may fill you with dread. However, getting out of your comfort zone is a chance to experience that rush again. It could be something simple such as taking a night class, or you could go all out and try instructor courses in Whistler to get back into an activity you love. Whatever it is, the feeling of achievement of trying a new hobby can help bring back that confidence to help in other aspects of your life.
4. Laugh more
Laughing is good for the soul, and when you try something new for the first time, there may be a few giggles until you find your feet. Laughing and having fun with others boosts your mood and energy levels, and releases the chemicals in your brain that reduce stress. Hobbies are also ideal for giving you a chance to laugh at yourself. It might be falling over in sports or realising you’ve drawn the nose wrong on your art piece, but not taking yourself too seriously is good for your mindset. Everyone struggles sometimes, and everyone needs help occasionally, so laughing at your own mistakes allows you to accept failure for what it is and move on.
5. Improves your health
Anything that makes you happy and gets you out more will improve aspects of your health. Whether that’s jumping around in gym class or taking some time out to chill, each has positive benefits for body and mind.