Sep 1, 2012
Did I even have a hobby? Oh yeah, I think I remember, back in the 70s and 80s I loved to dance. Well, maybe it was disco, the Hammer dance or The Boogie Down (Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go). Recalling any of these? All I can say is that it was a blast. Then, those precious little bundles of joy came along and we never looked back. My husband enjoyed drumming. He was part of a garage band back in the 70s (East West Exit they called themselves); but these hobbies were all placed on the back burner until we sat down one day and decided we wanted to bring back one of our hobbies or pick up a new one. That’s when we took our Fred Astaire Dance classes. When we were there, it was like we were challenging a part of our brain that we hadn’t dealt with in a while.
After reading an article taken from Fit Brains I found out that indeed…
“manual skills that require an element of hand-eye coordination and a certain amount of mental calculation are great ways to stimulate your spatial-temporal reasoning. Examples of hobbies that fall into this category are knitting and sewing, wood crafts, painting, sculpting and pottery. Playing a musical instrument is also a wonderful way to stimulate your spatial-temporal reasoning. Learning to play (or getting back to) a musical instrument may get harder as you age, but the benefits to your brain health will be worth it.”
If you don’t want to take up an instrument, then listen to music. How about investing in an ipod and putting your favorite music on it. Have one of your children help you with this. After all, they came out the womb with immediate knowledge in technology. Then, you can walk or exercise to your favorites. Hobbies divert our focus for a while and gives us time to relax. We meet people of like minds. It won’t happen until we make it happen. We have to take that first step. Try out some new hobbies or bring back an old one. We all have God-given talents and gifts. It’s just that sometimes they become lost through the years. You could be opening up a whole new world of adventure for yourself.
The Everyday Guide reminds us that “the more hobbies you have, the more robust your brain’s neural networks. Having hobbies also creates an enriched environment, provide an opportunity for the brain to experience the novel and complex and give you a reason for getting up each day”.