by 1st Phorm Athlete Jodie Minear March 30, 2012 3 min read
It’s been a long day and the last thing on your mind is working out, working, chores, or anything of that nature. So what to do? There is more to being physically healthy, you also need to be mentally healthy. So in my book, that means a little ME time.
While some may call me an over-achiever, I still find it very comforting to have a PRODUCTIVE down time. Which in my case means finding a hobby. I LOVE to paint. I have been doing it since I was five and God has blessed me with the opportunity to display my work in museums, businesses, and homes.
Over the years, painting has proven to be a good venting and release mechanism for me. Whenever you have stress, worry, sickness, or even boredom you need to have a healthy vent. The key is to find something (like painting, sewing, knitting, games, design, welding, dancing) that puts a smile on your face and heart! Working out is always a good way to vent but I think you should not settle for one, you should have at least two ways to work the stress out of your life! Sometimes we can make working out more routine or chore than a steam blower. Make sure you don’t lose the joy in your down time. And when it comes to finding your own personal hobby, I recommend something that is both physically and mentally stimulating. Bring to life your dormant artistic side, and awaken your imagination!!
First, it’s important to find the time in your busy schedule to actually have a ‘down’ time. Try to save a day each week dedicated to YOU, and your fun! Even God speaks about having time to wind down. “Only someone who is foolish does not know when to go home and wears himself out with work.” (Ecclesiastes 10:15 RAP)
Many people have discovered the benefits of taking time for yourself (me included!) and believe me, you will have a fuller, happier life as a result. According to the book “Downtime- Why Is It So Important?”, by Stanley Bronstein, he goes on to say “Quite simply, if we don’t have ‘downtime’ every so often, we will collapse. Our ‘human’ systems will fail. Humans require rest. Humans require time to regroup. Humans require time to get it all together.”
Okay, now that we all agree that we need a little personal time, let’s look at a list of ideas to get you up and moving this spring that don’t require a gym!
And for the adventurous type, you could try:
Hope this helps you find a little more happiness in your life… Thanks for your time!!!