Life is too short to only be burdened by your duties and responsibilities as an adult. You need to have the freedom to express your thoughts and emotions. To do this, you will need creative outlets that will let you relieve your stress and feel relaxed despite all the responsibilities weighing on your shoulders.
Remember that you are a human being who deserves to be happy; not a machine with the sole purpose of working to earn a living. Your day-to-day routine should not only revolve around working, sleeping, and eating. That’s because it will mean that you’re waking up only to restart the same routine the following day for the rest of your life.
Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” If you end your workdays feeling more dissatisfied than when you began, maybe you should take that as a sign to introduce some change into your daily routines.
You can do this by making time in your schedule to slowly get back to your old hobbies. This way, you can reignite the passions that you thought are long gone while relieving the stress of responsibilities from your mind. Here are a few ways you can make this possible:
Arts and Crafts
It’s important to note that arts and crafts are for everybody—young, old, male, female, and everyone in between. You can be excited about creating art or crafting something out of random materials and nobody should be able to tell you that you can’t do it because of your gender.
It’s literally 2021 and people are free to do whatever they want, arts and crafts included. But that can be difficult to do when you lack the necessary materials and supplies to start getting crafty. A good way to slowly introduce this hobby into your daily routine is by getting a monthly crafting subscription.
This way, you’re going to receive the materials and supplies you need to make your art every month. You won’t have to take time out of your schedule to run by the mall and get supplies because those will be delivered to your doorstep once a month. Once you receive it, you can easily start crafting.
And because you’re spending money on the subscription, it can help you stick to your new habit because not doing so will mean you’re wasting your hard-earned money. The subscription can be a good reminder that you need to spend less time focusing on your responsibilities and more time on yourself.
Sports and Games
A demanding full-time work with long hours is enough to bring tension to anyone’s shoulders. That’s because stress can sometimes manifest as physical pains that won’t easily go away, which can leave you feeling more drained and exhausted after a long day at work.
If you’re passionate about playing sports or computer games, then this should be something that you make time for. Never mind that it takes a little out of your monthly budget, especially if it means that you can have your fun and allow you to bond with your friends on weekends.
You deserve to spend your money on things that will bring a smile to your face and make you feel content with your life. Just because you have responsibilities to take care of doesn’t mean that you can’t spend some of your hard-earned money on the things that can give your life meaning.
Music and Dancing
Even if you’re not a natural virtuoso and you have two left feet, music is something that you should never be without. That’s because music brings color to an otherwise dull and gray world; it’s an auditory manifestation of people’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions brought to life with beautiful melodies.
So, if you’re passionate about music, you should include it in your schedule every chance you get. You can sing in the shower, listen to music while traveling, or dust off your old instrument and play when you have time. Music has a way of soothing the soul and boosting your mood even if you don’t notice it.
But if you’re more into dancing as a way of expressing your feelings and emotions, then you should allow yourself to dance your heart out every time you can. You can do this by signing up for classes on weekends so you can be with like-minded individuals who share your passion for dancing.
Being passionate and having a hobby is no longer just nice to have; they are essential to creating a holistic life that doesn’t only revolve around work. Keep in mind that you’re working to live, and not the other way around. So, don’t compromise your mental health and sanity just to keep yourself alive.