When entering into a new season of life we all tend to make changes. We change our schedule, location, priorities, and ways of doing things. Most of these changes are for the benefit of the new season, and some we do not realize end up stifling us from our creativity and passions.
We don’t tend to think about how we can bring our hobbies with us into new seasons, but hobbies are very important to a person’s mental and emotional health. They can be an outlet for our emotions, and a cool down for our brain.
So here is how to keep your hobbies in a new or busy season!
1. Pick one or two hobbies that mean the most to you!
This is very important, because we do not have time to do everything. You need to pick the hobbies that are fun and benefit you. This doesn’t mean that they are learning hobbies, or something that pushes you forward in life, just simple hobbies that make you happy and help you enjoy your time.
Ex. I love to write and make silly videos.
2. Find times to do these things that do not interrupt non-negotiable and need-to-do time.
First, let’s discuss what non-negotiable time is. This is the time that is already pre-set and cannot be interrupted. This includes but is not limited to: time with the Lord, classes, chapels, practicum, and work schedules.
Once you have outlined your non-negotiables, then you look at the “need-to-do” tasks. These tasks are flexible tasks that occur throughout your day. They can be moved, but are paramount to a successful day and school year. These would include times to eat, to do homework, to exercise or at least get some movement in, and sleep.
After outlining these times, you can see where you can start filling in your days with hobbies.
3. Be flexible, but resilient.
The worst thing you can do with hobbies is give them too much weight in your life, or ditch them and become all about work. Hobbies are supposed to be a benefit to you. They help you relax, and help you enjoy something you intentionally choose to do for yourself.
Sometimes our days are filled with so many things, and we may miss out on moments to incorporate our hobbies into that day. That is okay! Be flexible with the time of when you get to
participate in them, and how often. BUT do not just let them slip through your fingers. Be resilient and work them into your schedule. Get creative.
Sometimes waking up early and spending time doing something you love is the most beneficial thing for you. Sometimes it is doing it right before going to bed. Sometimes it is choosing to do it every Saturday morning, or every Sunday after church. Be flexible with when you do it, but make sure you are actually doing it. Do not give up on the simple things so easily.
For me, I try to write on Sunday afternoons/Sunday nights, or during my lunch breaks. I want to incorporate it because I love to do it, but I also know that sometimes we take the L, so we can take a win somewhere else.
4. Share your hobby with others!
Sometimes we overlook our hobbies to spend time with friends, family, significant others, or just to have any social interaction. To keep hobbies in the loop, consider inviting your friends to do it with you. Do you like to sew? Maybe teach your new friend the skill. Do you like to walk? Bring a buddy to tag-along. Do you like to play video games? Invite some pals over for a tournament.
The best part of enjoying something is the opportunity to share it with someone else. Prioritize your hobbies by letting them bring you closer to those around you, and by letting them give you a sense of normal in a new place.
Moral of the story, don’t lose something that did not have to be replaced. You are allowed to enjoy things just for the fun of it. Be smart about what you choose, and let your own personality shine through as you prioritize your non-negotiable, need-to-do, and hobby time!