Self Care – Hobbies

A hobby is a regular activity done for enjoyment, typically during one’s leisure time. Hobbies include collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, or pursuing other amusements.

Last week I touched on self care and how to help increase your motivation, or just give yourself a little extra down-time to reconnect with yourself and refresh your mind. This week, I want to add to that, to help you find things that help and inspire you through your not-so-good patches. I wanted to share some simple things you can do to help with your self care routine, or just to try out and see if they work for you!

One thing I absolutely love to do (but do not always get time to), is bind books. A lot of people are baffled by this when I mention it to them, but it really fuels my creativity and lets me focus on something that doesn’t come into my usual daily life. It’s so enthralling and exciting to see paper and thread become an actual, useable bound note book). I’m not expecting anyone else to give this a try but just as an example to show you how open with self care you can be.

My favourite morning’s are when I know I do not have work and I can give myself the kind of morning I need with some self care. They usually start with coffee, orange juice and 30 minutes of yoga, followed by some fruit for snacking on. When I’m done snacking, I’ll get out my book-binding box (consisting of; Paper, card, thread, needle, glue and other book-binding tools), sit on the floor and get to work on a fine piece of book. With the right music and without any intrusive distractions, I could honestly get lost for the whole day.

This sort of ‘lost’ feeling is what I love in having a hobby, it’s not too far akin from taking stroll a through a wooded area and getting actually lost for a period of time. Coincidentally, another great form of self care if you love a bit of nature! I think the ‘lost’ feeling is so wonderful and adventurous, it’s something I feel when visiting another city for the first time, whilst meditating, listening to my favourite album or reading my favourite book. You do not need that feeling for self care, but it’s a large part of what makes my self care so important to me.

I also want to add that some days the most self care you may be able to manage is just making a cup of tea and sitting on your bed listening to music or watching TV. Don’t beat yourself up for this or feel like you’re not caring for yourself. Rest is vital and when we’ve been busy, some times a rest day is all we need. That time to let our bodies recuperate, relax, refresh and ready themselves for the next challenge. Just make sure you’re getting yourself food and staying hydrated too!

Photography. Gardening. DIY. Sudoku. Crafts. Jigsaws. Painting. Embroidery. Jam Making. Walking. Reading. Cycling. Poetry. Writing. Games. Cooking. Baking. Theatre. Bowling. Dancing. Sports. Yoga. Meditation. Sewing. Knitting. Travel. Running. Visiting Friends. History. Crosswords. Museums. Learning a Language. Hair Care. Skin Care. Art Galleries. Dog Walking. Card Making.

So you see, there are so many ways to keep yourself chipper, busy and motivated. You just need to find something that whisks you away somewhere that isn’t your normal, stressed and crowded mind. After writing this post today, I’ll be re-reading my favourite book, 1984 by George Orwell, drinking copious amounts of tea and getting myself ready for a long day of work tomorrow!

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