Why Creatives Need Hobbies

It’s important to remember that creatives need hobbies in their everyday life or we will burn ourselves out.

Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.

Dale Carnegie

Stress reduces productivity

According to an article by the Harvard Business Review, too much stress can reduce productivity. Surprisingly, not having enough stress also lowers your productivity. All that being said, it’s still better overall to be less stressed. So, what can you do to help make sure you don’t have too much stress in your daily life? Find something you love to do that can help you focus on things other than your stressors. I’m not talking about mindlessly scrolling on social media, I’m talking about hobbies.

Why do creatives need hobbies?

Studies have shown that those who have hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, depression, insomnia, mood swings, and a whole heap of other issues. The American Institute of Stress says that the best way to help reduce stress is to prevent it. Now, if you’re like me and already dealing with a lot of stress, don’t worry. You can still work to reduce your stress to a healthy and helpful level and then maintain your stress through self-imposed deadlines and relaxing hobbies, but you will be in control of your stress instead of the other way around. 

Why it’s important for creatives to have hobbies

As a creative, especially a creative entrepreneur, it can be extremely tempting to spend all your waking hours working on your creative pursuits. However, if you spend all your time thinking about your creativity, you won’t have the time to relax or recharge, leading to stress and burnout. Instead, having a hobby separate from your other creative pursuits allows you to have your mind focus on other things to grow your experiences and use those experiences to fuel your creative pursuits. 

How to find a new hobby

There are lots of different hobbies out there, it’s up to you to find something you enjoy. You could try a new sport, return to something you enjoyed as a kid, or explore something you’ve always been intrigued by. Some ideas include:

  • Knitting
  • Golf
  • Yoga
  • Embroidery
  • Painting
  • Creating and solving puzzles
  • Coding
  • Building computers
  • Playing video games

The list goes on. Find something you want to try and make a plan to add it to your daily routine to separate your work time from your relaxing time. 

Avoid turning your hobby into a source of income

Hobby means doing something for the fun of it, not necessarily to make a living.

Theresa A. Husarik, Hobby Farming For Dummies

One of the biggest problems with being a creative entrepreneur is having the habit of turning things you love doing into different streams of income. Creatives need hobbies to help them unwind from other creative pursuits. The last thing you should do with a hobby meant to help you relax is to add stress to it by working to figure out how to make it profitable. Instead, force yourself to make your new hobby something that is for you and you alone. Don’t try and use it to market different courses or services, just enjoy it and let it help you relax.

Hobbies are something that every creative needs to help relax and quiet their minds when their work or other creative pursuits get to be too much. If you’re finding yourself to be lacking in productivity and overwhelmed by stress, look into adding a new hobby to your routine.