Do you have a stressful job that keeps you busy with task after task? Hours upon hours of staring at your computer screen, answering emails, and making phone calls can leave you with little to no time left for yourself during the day. Maintaining work-life balance is key to a healthier work week. Here are some easy hobbies you can take up once you’re back home that’ll help you leave work where it belongs—at the office.
The art of being artistic
Honing your artistic talents is easier than you think. For example, with today’s technology, you don’t need to purchase a fancy camera to become a photographer. You can use your phone! There are plenty of free photo retouching apps available for your smartphone that can give your pictures that little something extra. And, when in doubt, you can always take up drawing. Doing something as simple as little doodles in a dedicated notebook can be incredibly therapeutic.
Take the noise down a notch
Peace and quiet is hard to come by in the work day, especially with all the hustle and bustle of the modern office environment. That’s why knitting can be a great quiet-time activity. Make a point to put your phone away so you don’t check emails, pour a glass of wine, start a knitting project and be amazed at how fast you master it.
Dive into a good story
Do you remember the last time you actually read a book for fun? Many people can’t, but reading is a great way to unwind from a busy day, and even escape to an alternate reality. Taking that time to shut off your phone and put technology aside can be invaluable, and really help you to bounce back into your work the next day.
Treat yourself with treats
If you have a sweet tooth, your perfect hobby might be baking. Set aside some time and some of your favorite ingredients to whip up some delicious cookies, brownies, or whatever else you fancy. We’re sure your coworkers won’t mind one bit if you feel like sharing the leftovers!
Get the steps you are missing
You might think you don’t have time for it, but regular exercise has a lot of benefits aside from looking good and fit. Even if you only take thirty minutes to up your activity level, it can help give you the energy to not only to put up with unruly coworkers, but also to wrangle any youngsters at home.
Having a hobby outside of the office is beneficial to a healthy work-life balance. Whether it be any of those listed above, or another hobby you’ve been itching to try, the right hobby can be exactly what you need to help you unwind and relax.