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Similarities: What are hobbies and relaxation to you?


Prior to this blog, I wrote a post titled Oddities: What is relaxation? in which I mentioned different options for relaxation and asked for your personal preferences on how to relax or what to do while doing such. What I did not discuss in that blog is how hobbies often meld into relaxation. Hobbies are things you enjoy and therefore ideal when it comes to wanting to take a step back from reality.

For many bloggers, reading or writing are enjoyable and help us stay calm and escape into a different world. Others prefer watching a show or movie, perhaps venturing forth into a video game world. In the end, it does not come down to what you do, but how much it means to you and that you have fun doing it.

If you don’t have fun doing something, how can you expect it to help you avoid the stress life causes?

My collection

My collection of books on Ancient Egypt and everything around it; extremely helpful for relaxing.

What you do isn’t important, so long as you enjoy it and it helps you. If you need to read an 800 page book, because your hobby is reading and it’s the best way to do it; go for it! It’s your choice what you do. Stay home for a day and read; take out that dusty manuscript and see if you can work on it some more.

Make a decision and stick with it. Be stubborn. Fight against the norm. It’s your life and whether people agree with your way of taking time for yourself or not, that’s their problem. Your life is yours to live, not theirs. Pick up a book, a pen, a controller or strike a pose. Whatever you do, remember to go for it and don’t stop.

Stay honest with yourself when it comes to what you want to do and what you don’t.

Honesty is what will keep you going.

Do your hobbies match up to what you do to relax? What are they?

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

8 thoughts on “Similarities: What are hobbies and relaxation to you?

  1. I agree, it doesn’t matter what your hobby is as long as it make you feel better and relaxed. If that’s going to the gym every day, or reading a book, or maybe fishing – as long as it’s your place where you can “recharge” you batteries – that’s great.

    • Exactly. Each person is different and had different things they enjoy or that help them to relax. As long as people know what those things are for them and aren’t afraid to do them, then it doesn’t matter what others think of it.

  2. It can be hard to relax sometimes, and I have bad habits that get in the way of the soothing ones. When that happens, relaxation time gets cut in half, which sucks because I truly would love to read and play guitar more. Very fun stuff.

    • Yeah, sometimes relaxing can be difficult to do, especially when life throws other things at you. In the end, you just have to try and find those few precious moments you can use just for yourself to do the things you enjoy and that help you.

  3. Awesome post! A nice relaxing time for me is my classes at the gym. I never have my phone on me and it’s my way to get my daily stress out!

  4. I like this post! My favourite line is “stay honest with yourself when it comes to what you want to do and what you donโ€™t” – very important, a key to happiness ๐Ÿ™‚

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