Get Happier and Healthier Through Creativity and Hobbies

What are the hobbies that help you disconnect and recharge?

Science has shown that having a hobby makes us happier, healthier people. It helps us curate better mental and physical health, and when you’re doing something you enjoy, it makes your life feel more rewarding. Keeping yourself healthy both mentally and physically through hobbies is essential to living your best life.

If you don’t have a hobby, there’s no time like right now to get one going. You don’t need to be good at it, you just need to have an interest in pursuing it.

Drop a comment below and let me know what hobby you’re most interested in exploring.

Need some inspiration?

Here are some hobbies to try out!

1. Artistic Expression
One of the most mentally-liberating activities you can ever engage in is art. If failure holds you back, art is the perfect hobby to dive into. Failure doesn’t exist in art — everyone’s interpretation is different, and the definition of art is the expression of human imagination. There’s no right or wrong, and having that kind of freedom means you can pursue painting, drawing, sculpture, and countless other artistic forms of expression. You can keep things simple by setting time to yourself daily to color in a mandala, or you can join a class.

2. Movement
Perhaps you’ve always loved watching the ballet, or you simply would love to learn to waltz like a pro. Dancing is a great way to express yourself in motion with an artistically-fluid feel. There are many forms of dance, even workout dance classes such as Zumba so you can flex your creativity AND get your heart rate pumping.

3. Cooking and Baking
If baking interests you, you can join a class to learn how to express your creativity in the kitchen. For those that find harmony in the kitchen, trying out classes on how to cook different types of cuisine is a fun way to bring your love of cooking to the next level. Whether you seek out cooking or baking classes, both will give you an artistic outlet to learn how to bring creativity into your everyday life through the food you eat daily.

4. Reading
Reading doesn’t have to be a solitary hobby. There’s hardly anything better than getting wrapped up in a good book, but when you join a book club, you get to add an element of socialization to your favorite hobby. There’s nothing like sharing the joys and pains of the characters in a book you love with others that love it just as much as you do.

5. Sewing or Knitting
Sewing or knitting isn’t just for your grandmother anymore — these have become quite popular in recent years. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to sew or knit, find an online course you can sift through and learn at your own pace.

Whatever hobby you choose, make sure you feel curious about it so you’ll have the stamina to engage with it. You don’t need to be an expert at it, but as long as it makes you feel good, keep making it a part of your schedule.

What hobby are you excited about trying out?

Be flexible.

It’s not news to you that things don’t always go our way.  Our workout plans get canceled, it’s too snowy to make it to the gym, or you can’t simply get it together this week to do your grocery shopping.

How do you handle this when it happens to you?

I invite you to consider a backup plan approach to your wellbeing going into the New Year.

When you can’t make it to the gym, what’s your backup plan for a simple home workout?

When you can’t make it to the grocery store, what’s your backup plan to get healthy food on the table until you can make it to the store?

Having a backup plan in your back pocket will help alleviate stress when things veer off course from time to time, so ponder on what those backup plans could be for you and tuck them away until you need them next.

 

Working Out a Little is Better Than Not Working Out at All

As we move into 2019, you’ve probably got your list of resolutions ready to go. It’s always at the top of our list to make health a priority in the New Year, which is a noble and incredibly vital goal to have.

But life has a funny way of happening and making other plans for you, doesn’t it?! You may start out with good intentions, but work, illnesses, and other factors can get in the way, keeping you from that workout you’d planned on. I have some encouraging news, though — science has your back. It seems that studies confirm that a little exercise is better for your health than none at all.

Let me know in the comments below what your New Year Resolution is this year, I’m eager to hear what you’re hoping to accomplish in 2019!

So when life gives you lemons, make the best of it by getting in some kind of activity each day. Here are some suggestions you can try when you’re short on time to get at least enough exercise to feel good and stick to your resolutions.

Split it up
Maybe you can’t commit to 30 solid minutes per day, but guess what? You don’t have to! If it’s easier to find 10-minute blocks of time to get that exercise in, then do that. By the end of the day, you’ll have fulfilled your exercise quota, and you’ll be on your way to feeling healthier. Once you get in the swing of it, you’ll crave that daily exercise and make sure you find time for it, too.

Walk the office
Trapped on deadline? We feel ya! But sitting behind the desk all day isn’t good for anyone. On your lunch, take a break and walk up and down the stairs or around the building even for just 15 minutes. Finding ways to fit exercise into the daily tasks we have to do is a perfect way to utilize limited time.

Try HIIT
If walking bores you, try a few HIIT exercises in your office. Again, you can split it up throughout your day to make sure you get some exercise in.

Walk to work
For those of you in big cities, let your feet lead the way to work. You can try getting off at a stop or two earlier on the subway and walk the rest of the way. Bring your work shoes in your bag and change into them when you arrive so you can make the most of your steps. No choice but to drive? Try parking further away from the door for a longer stroll from the car to the office.

Schedule it into your weekend
If you’d prefer to have a more active weekend, focus on getting a good bit of activity over the weekend to make up for any sedentary days during the week. So if you really can’t take the time during the week, block out at least an hour and 15 minutes worth of time on your weekend to faithfully hit the gym or jogging trail.

Now that you know you have more flexibility with getting your exercise, I know you can utterly crush your good-health goals this year.

Do you think it’s easier to create a new habit or break an old one???

That can be a tough thing to answer, I know.  But really think about it today and see what comes up for you.

The thing is, the thought of breaking a habit seems difficult and uncomfortable.  We put it off and put it off, and sometimes never get around to it.

Starting a new habit can be exciting, filled with hope and newness.

See the difference?  Sometimes a shift in perspective and way of thinking is all we need to tackle that hurdle that’s been holding us back.

Let’s kick off November with a little challenge.

This month, let’s focus on 2-3 healthy habits all month long.  It can be as simple as taking a 10-minute walk every day or as complex as 50 push-ups a day.

This way, once you get to the end of the month when the holidays begin, you will have been focusing on your health all month long.  You won’t feel as guilty eating that slice of pie, and you certainly won’t feel like one meal has derailed you from the health goals you’ve been working all month long on.

What are your 2-3 healthy habits going to be?  Challenge accepted?

What’s the perfect summer look like for you?

Summer brings so many outdoor adventures that only come a few months out of the year.  Beach trips, pool parties, outdoor cookouts, and sitting on the porch watching the children run around the yard barefoot.  The warm weather months when we spend more time outdoors can feed our soul in a way it can’t be fed during the frigid cold months.

What’s your favorite summer activity?

Would you rather travel or stay at home?

I love how we are all made so differently.  Some crave travel and seeing the world, while others are content with staying in the same city their whole lives.  There’s no right or wrong way, but what’s YOUR way?

Traveling the world can bring a cultural education element that can’t be learned any other way, which is exciting and adventurous.  If I had to pick one place to travel to, my top pick would be Europe.

Where would you love to see most?

A lot of small footsteps makes up a long walk.

Think about if you were to sprint instead.

You’d zoom right past everything, missing the details.

You’d end up there out of breath, covered in sweat and ready to collapse.

That’s precisely what happens when we try to marathon our new healthy habits.  We excitedly jump in head first and end up overwhelmed and frozen.  The next time you make promises to yourself for change, I want you to take the stroll route.  Choose one small step you can change and master before you add another small step to your plate.  Before long, you will have integrated each small step into your life in such a natural and effective way, and you’ll reach the finish line happy, healthy and ready for more.

 

There’s not enough time to cook healthy food.  I don’t have time to exercise.  How many times have you thought or said these things?

It can undoubtedly FEEL that way, but it is usually a priority factor over a time factor.  Keep a journal of where your time is spent to see where any time-sucks may be hiding in plain sight.

Chances are, you spend quite a bit of time browsing on your phone or watching television daily.  Instead of giving up your TV time (I get it, downtime is necessary!)  try chopping veggies while you watch your favorite show, or using your television time to do a workout in your living room.

There are tons of small time hacks like this you can implement to reach your goals while not changing your current schedule too drastically.

Focusing on what makes you happy can give you the tools you need to turn any bad day around for good.  Bad days will come, but your response to them will determine just how long they stay.

There are undoubtedly many things in your life that make you happy.  It can be as simple as sleeping on freshly cleaned sheets, or as deeply meaningful as a long phone conversation with your beloved grandmother.

I want you to make a list of 10 things that make you happy.  When your list is complete, put it on your refrigerator so you can easily access it when needed.  Try to incorporate at least one thing from your list in your life on a daily basis.