Monday, July 20, 2015

Stay Sane, Have a Hobby!

Back in the days when I was terrified of failure and therefore avoided trying my hand at doing what I truly wanted to do which was be a writer I searched for a creative outlet. I crocheted, sewed, needlepointed, and scrapbooked just to name a few. Then came my artist phase. I foolishly thought I was going to be an artist. A painter. Not of rooms, but like on canvases. I think that's when the tide turned. Those attempts at oil painting were my rock bottom.

I can laugh about it now.

But, I still have hobbies! Everyone needs a hobby, don't you think?


Hobbies reduce anxiety and lower your blood pressure. They help you block out the noise. They can lead to social connections. Help improve your memory and fine-motor skills. There is a bunch of good things and positive results waiting for you around the hobby corner.

Some of my favs:

I want to list reading as a hobby, but at this point I don't think I'd survive without it, so it's more like one of life's necessities. Water, food, housing, books.

Never let it be said I've let a craze pass me by without trying it out. I bought my first adult colouring book to take camping. I enjoyed getting out the coloured pencils and giving it a go. It's something I could see myself doing to keep my hands busy and my mind free. And, I get to go to the craft store to buy more pencils and markers.

Photography. I love taking pictures. Which is why I love Instagram. You can find me here.





Walking. Something I don't do enough of but plan to do more of.

I'm pretty sure Pinterest and online Solitaire don't count as hobbies. Do they? My husband loves jigsaw puzzles and golf. What are your favourite interests and hobbies?

5 comments:

B.E. Sanderson said...

I guess my hobbies would be photography, gardening, and true crime shows. Like you said, I'd love to say reading is a hobby, but it's too necessary to my well being to be one. It's also necessary for work. Yeah yeah, I'm not reading, I'm researching. ;o)

And I agree. Hobbies of some kind are necessary to my sanity. I have to be able to step away and do something else - especially when it all gets to be too much.

Karyn Good said...

You're right, B.E. Something to stop the noise in our head. Oh yeah, I do a lot of researching too! Hope you have fun with your gardens today, or take a picture or two. Maybe enjoy a grizzly murder. ON TV!!

jblynn said...

Count me in for photography too. And I've recently taken up painting...I'm terrible at it, but I enjoy it.

Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles are other hobbies.

And I've been swimming A LOT lately.

Karyn Good said...

All great hobbies, JB! I've been in the pool lots lately too. I wouldn't call it swimming...more like bobbing around. Hope you found a photo op today. Both you and B.E. need to check out Instragram if you're not already there!

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