Hobbies can sometimes have a bad reputation. Some people feel as though if you’re not doing anything productive, it’s not worthwhile. But life is about balance. We aren’t machines designed to be productive all the time. We need hobbies to help us to be healthy and happy.
One big hobby mistake that people make is that they can’t think of an actual thing they enjoy doing. It’s understandable. When you have the time to finally relax outside of your busy schedule, you might not have the energy to come up with ideas for things to do.
But hobbies can be beneficial and relaxing.
The Three Hobby Rule
First, let’s explore the three hobby rule. If you haven’t heard this before, it’s a statement that people should have three hobbies in life. They need one hobby to make money (or to be productive in some way), another hobby to keep them fit, and then another hobby to stay creative.
This is a balanced way to look at it and can help you come up with ideas for hobbies. As long as you have at least one hobby that covers each of those bases, you’re going to be healthier and happier for it.
But what about hobbies that don’t fit neatly into these categories?
Some hobbies are all about relaxing or having a whole lot of fun, and that’s okay. Just try to build other hobbies for different needs.
Another category to consider is hobbies that get you outside. Why does this matter?
The outside world is a wonderful and healthy place. We spend most of our personal and professional lives inside, but this isn’t by design.
The sunlight, for example, is good for our sleep patterns and our mood. Plants also have beneficial effects on our mental, emotional, and physical health. Have you ever gone to a place of natural beauty and just felt at peace?
Hobbies that get you outside are a really great way to ensure that you stay as healthy and happy as possible. So, here are a few ideas.
Fishing is one of those hobbies that lets you really relax and sit with your thoughts for a while. You can fish alone or with other people, and there’s nothing quite like the sense of achievement you get when you snag a catch.
Depending on where you fish, you might even be able to catch your next meal.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, outdoor hobbies can be very loud and fun. Off-roading and similar activities like dune or mud-bugging are unbelievably fun and not too difficult to get into. The important thing is to find the right vehicles and tires for the job, so you can let loose while staying safe.
Hiking or Cycling
If you’re looking for a hobby to help you stay fit and active, this kills two birds with one stone. Hiking is a fantastic way to explore trails and natural sites, all while doing wonders for your cardiovascular system.
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