MAINTAINING A WORK LIFE BALANCE
Hobbies, and participating in recreational activities outside of work, have many health benefits. Studies show that people who participated in leisure activities enjoyed “lower blood pressure, total cortisol, waist circumference, and body mass index, and perceptions of better physical function”.If improved physical health isn’t enough to convince you to take time for hobbies, a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology showed strong links to improved job performance and participation in leisure activities outside of work.
A Workaholic’s Guide to Finding (and enjoying) a Hobby.
When you’re a workaholic, the idea of taking time for fun can be terrifying. You fear you’ll fall behind, that your work will be negatively affected. But that’s not the case—in fact, it will have the opposite effect. I speak from personal experience as a reformed workaholic.
Before developing my toolbox system, I considered work my hobby. I didn’t even attempt to find anything else. I loved my job, my success; what more could I need? Boy, was I wrong.
Now, hobbies are one of the best things in my life; they soothe my soul, refresh my creativity and productivity, and are a critical piece of my now balanced life.
You may be in a position (like I once was) where you believe work is your hobby, the only fun you need. And you simply don’t have the time for a hobby. You aren’t being fair to yourself. The truth is you do have time for hobbies and leisure. Take some time to try new things. Even that part of the journey will deliver many positive benefits in both your personal and professional lives. You may even find a hidden talent you never knew you had!
Taking time to step away from work gives your mind the chance to rest and recharge. You’ll see your stress drop and your productivity increase. As hard as this may be at first, try setting aside two hours once a week to find and then participate in a hobby.
Once you find something (or several things) you love, those two hours will fly by. Life is short, screw it, find time for a hobby you may just find that leads you to something bigger and better than you ever expected.
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