Hobbies often benefit us in many ways. They not only help us to escape from the daily routine – they could enhance our health, too.
In fact, studies have revealed that leisure activities are linked to lowered blood pressure, stress reduction and an overall improvement in mental and physical wellbeing.
Better still, Spring can be the ideal time to start something new – whether it be exercise, a book, or a weekly session.
But for a lot of people, it can be difficult to maintain a hobby.
With the right methods, this needn’t be the case.
Find Cheap Travel
People can feel demotivated by the prospect of travel. Especially when it comes to leisurely pursuits. Very often, bad weather, tiredness, and transport costs can deter us from even leaving the house.
Most of the time, the latter prevents people from continuing hobbies. ‘I don’t have the money for a new hobby’ is a particularly common phrase. To resolve this issue and boost your motivation, look to smarter travel methods.
Are you worried about the price of petrol or public transport, for example? Then you may want to invest in season train tickets. These can last a week, a month, or a year. Better still, you could tailor their usability periods to suit you.
So, if your latest activity lasts a term, you can guarantee travel cover for that time frame. Or if you plan for it to be a permanent fixture, why not buy an annual ticket?
Whichever option you choose, you could reduce the cost and stress incurred from getting to your hobby location. And this may very well heighten your attitude towards it.
Bring a Friend
Starting a new project can feel daunting – particularly if you’re planning to enter a group activity. If you feel unsure about the prospect, you aren’t alone.
Many people don’t attend collective sessions because of nerves. If your newfound pursuit requires other participants, this could be a problem.
Luckily, there is an easy way to overcome this: bring a friend or family member with you. That way, you can make sure that you’re emotionally supported throughout the lesson or session.
You may also feel less nervous if you’re accompanied by someone who you know cares about you. This will help you to enjoy the activity more. In turn, this could mean that you’re able to get more out of it.
And if you reap both of these rewards, you may be more inclined to continue your new hobby.
Phones are widely known for their usefulness. Usually, however, it isn’t until we switch them off that we realise how distracting they can be.
If there’s anything that harms motivation, it’s distraction. Should this happen regularly, you may lose enthusiasm for your latest pursuit.
To prevent this from happening, why not turn off all portable tech before you begin your hobby? If you need your phone for music, don’t worry.
You can easily turn off from the outside world by selecting its flight mode function. This can be just as effective as turning it off entirely.
Whether you switch off or switch modes, you stand to make the most of your latest activity. And you could minimise any chance of demotivation.
You needn’t struggle to find motivation for a new hobby. Once you know how, you can easily fit it into your regular routine. With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your pursuit fully. And isn’t that, after all, what it’s all about?
This feature was created in partnership with Southern Railway