How to Find a Hobby You Enjoy

How to Achieve Work/Life Balance

If you're struggling with work/life balance, here's a prescription worth trying: Get a hobby. 

"Having a hobby that you enjoy -- whether that's crocheting a sweater for your bestie's new baby, hitting the slopes to enjoy some fresh powder or practicing pirouettes in ballet class -- has all sorts of well-documented benefits, from lower levels of stress to an increased sense of belonging and purpose," author Deanna Debara writes in an article for The Muse.

Perhaps you already have a hobby to which you can devote more time. If you don't, however, you'll need to find one. Doing so is easier than you think.

"Even if you don't have something that you consider a hobby, there's definitely some activity that you enjoy -- and chances are, there's a way to transform it into a full-fledged hobby," Debara says. "Look at the ways you already enjoy spending your time and figure out how they can become hobbies. Have you watched every stand-up special on Netflix...twice? Try taking an improv class. Is your favorite part of the day playing with your dog? Try volunteering with a rescue organization. Love reading about random pop culture facts on the internet? Try joining a trivia team."

And if that doesn't work? There's always old-fashioned trial and error.

"Think of anything you might find interesting -- whether that's kite surfing, macramé or karate -- and take a class," Debara concludes. "If you like it, great! Keep pursuing it. If not, cross it off the list and move on to the next potentially interesting thing."

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