“When overwhelmed and stressed and unable to think, I go out and garden, it's cheaper than a shrink” ~Author Unknown
Stress: a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension.
I know that if one has too much time on ones hands one’s mind tends to roam about in places it should rather not go which is not a good thing in general. All measure of awful and incomprehensible thoughts and ideas can lead to depression, anxiety and uneasiness. It is important for one to have a hobby that gives one joy, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.
In today’s technology driven world I see so many children playing computer games and ‘socialising’ on social media and this saddens me somewhat. I notice many a group of young teenagers sitting together, not speaking to each other, each on their cell phone doing whatever they are doing. It is a rare sight to see couples walking their dogs and chatting along the way. I see more couples jogging with earphones plugged into their cell phones and no interaction between either of them. We should have no cause to wonder why we have such a high divorce rate, the ever increasing high school dropouts and the many social misfits. It is a shame that we are regressing in social skills and choosing to deny honing our human interaction.
It is standard practice in rehabilitation centres for patients to go to the recreation centre, where they can paint, do pottery, make things, read and garden. Recreation strives to improve the functioning of mentally ill patients, a therapy essential to the recuperation process. This is the basis to my view that if we all cultivated a hobby that takes us away from the humdrum maddening world we have to deal with daily, we would most probably have less need for anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication than we do now.
My own hobbies vary and admittedly there are times my motivation is non-existent. I just can’t be bothered with getting out the paints and canvasses or putting my fingers to work at the piano. But having said that, once I’ve started I find myself so absorbed that time is of no consequence. I find myself in my happy place once again and my soul and spirit simply soar. I find that I need to emphasise the definition of a hobby, which is an activity one engages in for relaxation and pleasure. A hobby is an ‘activity’ which denotes being active with your body. Being entertained is not a hobby: - it is a passive reaction to something that amuses or distracts.
What is your hobby? I hesitate to propose that watching movies or television or playing computer games is not a hobby. Unless you have been watching an educational type of program that improves your knowledge, or played games that have improved your co-ordination I cannot see this as a hobby. I see it as a form of escapism from reality, which in moderate blocks can be beneficial. Do you agree or disagree?
Do you have you a hobby that you love to DO? Do you get a sense of satisfaction or release while you are busy? Do you recall a time when you didn’t have a hobby and what you felt like then as opposed to now? How has having a hobby improved your experience of life? How has your hobby helped you cope if at all? Are you a sponge on a couch that allows all measure of entertainment flow through your mind then sleep the day/night away? Have you had your hobby turned into a business and you do that all day? Do you share your hobbies with friends e.g. book club? Is your hobby a one-on-one experience e.g. painting? Have you had a life changing experience once you started a hobby – if you have I would love to hear about it, please share! I can honestly testify that hobbies resuscitate my energy levels and boost my self confidence level.
I do hope that this weekend brings you to doing a hobby that you love or will grow to love. For me, you will find me in my garden!
As always I welcome your comments.