Many people are working longer than ever. A recent survey showed that Americans are working longer hours, and getting less pay. That means that not only are we getting less free time, but we’ve got less cash to enjoy our free time. Is it any wonder that stress levels are at an all time high, and that people are grouchier than ever?
If there’s anything that can help reduce stress, it’s having a worthy hobby. Not some hobby that your boss tells you to do, or something that is popular or looks good. A hobby that you really enjoy, and that you can’t wait to start doing. Something that you choose based on your own interests. Something that really gets your creative juices flowing.
If you don’t have a hobby, and are thinking about choosing one, consider choosing one that involves the outdoors. Sure, there are plenty of worthy indoor hobbies, but try and choose one that involves getting out of the house, and into a big open space. This does a lot for your psyche, and will help you to reduce stress a lot more.
One of the reasons for getting out of the house is that elements within your own home are often a source of stress. That same desk you sit at and fret over your bills can only serve you so much if you use it build models or surf the Internet. Sure, you may think you are putting things aside, in your mind, but if you are using the same physical location, you’ll never be far from your source of stress.
When you go outside, on the other hand, you can literally leave all those troublesome things behind you. Even something as simple as going for a walk in nature can be infinitely more helpful than surfing the net or watching TV.
When you combine doing something with your hands with the great outdoors, you’ll be even more happy. Consider building a remote controlled model, or even something as simple as bird watching. This will be a great way to focus on your outdoor environment. Many people find that bird watching, for example, is a great way to saturate your whole being. Even while sitting in the car at a stoplight, for example, you can quickly scan the area and see if there are any birds that your recommend.
Try something outdoors for a change. You’ll find it gives you a whole new perspective on life.
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