Time management is key during a pandemic a like this. Due to multiple lockdowns and curfews, all of us have been spending a lot of time at home and it feels like we got a break from our normal lives. Even though we attend online classes in the mornings, we spend most of our evenings sitting around. Watching a movie or television series, or spending multiple hours on social media.

Instead of wasting our evenings, this time can be used to cultivate new hobbies. Embracing your inner baker, cultivating a green thumb, starting a daily workout routine, practicing a dance form, learning a new language, reading a book, experimenting with arts or crafts, learning to cook and many more.

This is also the time where teenagers are getting addicted to phones and social media. This can be reduced by getting involved in other activities and staying away from screens. Phone addiction in students leads to impacts in their academic performance, daily activities, physical and mental health, withdrawal tendency, and social relationships.

Hobbies help us grow as a person. The best way to have a new hobby is to try something new. All of us are unique, and this is the reason why our hobbies and interests are different. Once we find an activity we are passionate about, we can explore it more, and as we get more and more interested, we realize that our hobby has become an integral part of our life. Developing new hobbies and nurturing them have many benefits:

Increases Confidence

Whether you are pursuing a craft, sports, dances, or skill development, your hobby should be a diversion and a passion. Simultaneously, if your hobby gives you a sense of purpose, then you will be more confident about challenging yourself in your hobby and help you prepare for learning new things.

Allows You to De-stress

Hobbies give you an opportunity to enhance your life. Hobbies allow you to destress yourself while remaining mentally productive. Having hobbies promotes better health and may lower the risk of having high blood pressure. Enjoying a few hours of your hobby a week can also reduce the risk of depression and dementia.

Helps You Socialize

Hobbies may provide an opportunity for you to socialize with people and that can be an additional benefit for your overall well-being. You can connect with people who enjoy doing the same things that you do. You can meet new people, discuss your hobby, and get connected to a bigger circle that may even help you turn your hobby into your profession.

Having a hobby that we enjoy brings us joy and refreshes us. Hobbies help us manage our leisure and unplanned time more productively. It also gives us the opportunity to learn new skills every single day.

“A Hobby A Day Keeps The Doldrums Away ”

Ananya A (Class X ‘B’)

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