It’s common knowledge that eating, sleeping, and exercise routines are principal for our physical and emotional health. Nonetheless, we seldom hear about the significance of leisure and recreation, activities that bring enjoyment to our lives and can also be amazing for relaxation in the moment. Research has found that participating in enjoyable activities during down time can be associated with lower blood pressure, total cortisol, waist circumference, and body mass index (BMI). Engaging in these activities have also been associated to higher levels of positive psychosocial conditions and lower levels of depression. A gratification presents the kind of test that requires us to use some of our finest personal skills, and engrosses us in a sense of flow, which can put us in a near-meditative mind set, where we lose track of time and feel detached from the stressful dynamics of life, and fully engaged in what we’re doing. Gratifications can lead to a decline of stress and an optimistic sense of well-being, and hobbies are usually experienced as gratifications. If we want more happiness and fewer stress occurrences in our lives, hobbies can provide an unswerving route to gratifications that can lead to bliss. A Hobby isn’t something we have to do rather something we want to do, because we love to do it. When we’re doing something we enjoy, something we don’t have to do for any other reason besides adoration, we feel a gust of excitement and joy. A gratifying hobby is one that has three layers: a diversion, a conduit to getaway from our daily life, a passion, the feeling of being engrossed in something that we love and a creation of a sense of individual purpose.
Since embarking into the research of hobbies, studies have exposed the mental and physical benefits that they offer. Hobbies keeps our blood pressure down, and helps to enable us with managing our anger and daily frustrations, while putting us in a much better mind state. Subsequently, this impacts our quality of life, school, work, and family time. A hobby is more than just a frivolous interest to pass the time. It can be a way for us to repossess our lives, away from school or our job. By focusing on a non-work-related task, we’re giving our mind something to center on. Psychologists call this frame of mind “flow”, and through developing these moments we feel happier and more content with our lives. When we genuinely love what we’re doing, we tend to get in the flow or “the zone” and focus in on the moment, and when we get in the flow, all of our worries and stresses seem to melt away. When we’re absorbed in the moment without any concern for anything else it’s beneficial for our over all well- being. This is main reason for developing an all-encompassing hobby. Whenever we lose ourselves in a video game, gardening project, a collecting interest or any other stimulating, absorbing activities, we’re experiencing flow. Time flies, self-consciousness evaporates, and we’re fully immersed in the present. Hobbies that push our skills, promote this desirable and increasingly elusive cerebral state.
Eustress is that positive kind of stress, the kind of stress that gives us the sensation of excitement about what we’re doing and about our lives. Eustress is nourishing and improves our well-being and results in serenity. With each of our experiences and activities, we’re under a firm amount of stress. However, that stress results into a feeling of triumph, fulfillment, and over all harmony. Eustress provides entertainment and excitement in our lives. It gives us a reason to rise in the morning and strive for something. Eustress is a form of motivation. If everything in our lives were easily achievable, there would be no reason to do anything challenging or arduous. Eustress gives us gratitude for our lives and the tribulations we confront daily.
Hobbies can be therapeutic and help us feel revitalized. They have a way of quieting our mind while allowing us to escape and connect with ourselves, making us feel refreshed and invigorated. Our hobbies give us a well-adjusted outlook on life beyond work. They show us how important it is to take time for ourselves and rejuvenate our mind and spirit. When our accountabilities become overwhelming, our hobbies give us something to look forward to. Investing our energy is just as important as finding ways to recuperate it. Hobbies offer us an opportunity to take a pause, a break while still having a sense of purpose. Our hobbies say a lot about who we are. When we chase an activity for its own sake we learn a lot about ourselves. Hobbies give us an insight into our adorations and aversions, our powers and limitations, our uncertainties and principles. While some hobbies are introverted endeavors, many get us out into our communities, meeting people we otherwise wouldn’t share our desires, and shape new bonds with. Hobbies add tiers to our character, and prosperity to our self-concept. If we could just elect an hour a day or even a few hours a week for something we feel sincerely enthused and exhilarated by, we’ll not only feel more galvanized when we have a opulent and vivacious life, we may stir something in others as well. A hobby can help us to discover a completely fresh side of ourselves and release gifts we don’t even know we have.