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Hobbies May Be An Investment In Better Health

By Tom Herrin

It seems like several years ago a lot of people had hobbies.  You kind of thought people had them to fill their extra time.  In today’s world, everything is fast-paced.  We get impatient if our computer is slow.  It frustrates us when we drive from the order window to the pick-up window at a fast food jointe and our food isn't ready.  We have cars that can be started remotely so we don’t have to wait for them to warm up.  We can watch television programs on demand.  Hobbies would just kill valuable time.  Who needs them?  The answer is: We do.

A Great Stress Reliever

Believe it or not, most of us need to get rid of some stress.  We need to shift gears and get our minds off some of the things that burden us.  Hobbies can be relaxing.  They can give us a feeling of accomplishment.  They can instill pride.  Many hobbies require doing things with our hands that can sharpen our coordination.  Studies have shown that hobbies can lower blood pressure and improve our relationship with others.  They can make us happier in general.

Sharpen Our Minds

As we pursue a new interest, our brains often open up.  They become more stimulated and creative.  We may begin to see things in a different light.  We may gain a greater appreciation for various arts and/or natural settings.  Hobbies may improve our social interactions as we become involved with others with like interests.  Our overall perspective on life can seem broader and more receptive to new ideas.

What If We Don’t Know Where To Start?

If we start out trying to find a hobby, we probably can think of anything off the top of our heads.  The prospects are limitless.  Many can enjoy an outdoor experience with photography.  Searching for natural beauty can be rewarding.  Some people find fulfillment with knitting or woodworking.  Some people try art.  Reading can be a hobby for others.  Some enjoy restoring things from cars to furniture.  Many people are avid genealogists.  I know people who collect model trains, coins, and rocks.  As you well know, the list goes on and on.  The point is, while exercise is good, you don’t always have to begin running marathons to improve your health.  You may find better mental health by just giving some new interest a chance.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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