Often the most productive thing you can do when you leave the office is to immediately get work off your mind. A hobby can do that in a second. It offers instant stress relief according to a convincing body of evidence that also points out that a hobby can make you better at your job.
What hobby is best for you? It should be obvious. Humans have an innate need to create. Whether you are motivated by a cathartic experience or the simple pleasures of fresh air and sunshine, choose a vehicle for your unique expression. You may have an innate talent waiting to be discovered. These popular hobbies provide artistic expression and enjoyment for others. Playing a musical instrument, Gardening, Photography, Drawing, painting, sculpting, Writing...
Give yourself free rein to explore non-artistic interests. Hobbies aren't just for the cerebral or the creative, according to Benefits of Having a Hobby on the Squidoo blog. “Do you enjoy action, adventure? Want to get the blood pumping and the adrenaline flowing? Extreme sports would probably suit you.
Hobbies aren't necessarily solitary pursuits. Dancing is one example of a shared pastime. In a world where it seems like everything and everyone demands so much of your time, it can feel like you have not time for each other. Dancing is an ideal way to stay connected to your other half.
Friendships from hobby clubs can also be great. Meetups are held in 45,000 cities, and organized by 7.2 million members who share an interest in 46,000 topics. Meetup members have found that pursuing their chosen pastimes has improved their social lives. Getting to meet people who share your passion is one of the main benefits of hobbies.
What do you think? What makes you get work off your mind when you live the office?