Having a 9-9 job, or in a layman's term, 'adulting', does not only contribute to physical stress but also involves extreme emotional and mental exhaustion. Migraines, insomnia or an upset stomach come in naturally when you are unable to give your mind enough down-time and reboot your body after a long and hectic day at work. But that doesn't mean that you quit your job if you don't want to. Rather, try and fit in some time during the week, to indulge in hobbies and passions that can help ease your mind after a long day at work. Believe us, doing these will definitely make a bad day turn good.
Making time for yourself doesn't necessarily have to be an after work hours type of thing. Waking up a little early in the morning and going out for a walk or simply sitting down on a park bench or on your couch to meditate, can do wonders. This peaceful exercise improves your overall health and decreases stress, anxiety, and depression. Set aside some time to meditate, as it's an excellent hobby to adopt for anyone who needs a little zen.
2. Enroll In Online Classes
Tired of your monotonous job? Aspiring to be somewhere else, someplace better? Or simply in the mood to challenge yourself and learn new things? Fret not. Whether it be a new language, skill, DIY craft or writing personal essays - start taking free online classes on your phone or laptop and work towards your new goal. You can always begin with smaller lessons like youtube tutorials and move forward from there.
3. Start Taking Photos With A Real Camera
Obsessed with photography? IPhone snapshots with different filters can only take you so far. Buy yourself a professional camera (depending on your budget) and see how it motivates you to experience more. Photography not only connects you with new things but also gives you a new perspective when you're looking at things. Head out and snap some photos or sign up for a photography class to learn the basics. Who knows, if you get really good at it, you can use your new skill to earn some extra money on the side.
4. Learn To DJ
Tried everything and still not able to release your tension from work? Why not go back to what you loved to do in your college days? Yes. It's time you go and dig out your passion for DJing. Most of us have passions that wouldn't have made realistic career paths, but who says that they can't remain hobbies? So go ahead, get those decks moving and get the training to be a DJ at your next house party. This is also a lot more convenient for people who finish work late.
5. Bust Out An Adult Colouring Book
Colouring is not only therapeutic, but it also brings out one's creative side. You don't even need a notebook. Paint a mug, a canvas, a glass window, your old t-shirt or anything for that matter. There's no doubt that work takes up a big chunk of your life, but things like art can give you a little relief and make your daily grind a little more bearable.