It’s like a rollercoaster – euphoric highs followed by crushing lows. That’s just how it is, and despite the stresses that modern life brings, you’ve got to be able to ride the wave.
Stresses are brought by work and life. Pressures at work, deadlines, and a stressful working environment can drive us to the brink, stress in life doesn’t help. That’s why it’s so important to cordon off time and space for ourselves. Personal time is an absolute necessity to living a good life. If you can’t find time for yourself, sooner or later you’re going to suffer fatigue and burnout. Don’t ruin things for yourself, step back and chill out.
Personal time needs to be cultivated, though. It’s no use sitting still and staring at a wall watching paint dry (unless you’re really into that sort of thing). No, you need to find things to do and craft your free time into something relaxing or enjoyable. You need hobbies to fill that time. We talked about stress before, but hobbies promote something called Eustress.
Eustress is positive stress. The type of stress that comes from an enjoyable plot twist in a film. Eustress can give us meaning in life. That’s why hobbies are so important because far too many people are struggling to enjoy their spare time.
What hobbies can you pursue, though? Well, you can knit, read or go roller-skating, or you can look to the future. Some recent developments have brought the tech of the future into our homes for you to enjoy.
Take, for example, virtual reality. Virtual reality or VR has come a long way since the days of the Nintendo Virtual Boy. The earliest example of VR would be panoramic photos, but you won’t be staring at art – you’ll be putting a headset on. Playstation offers a VR system to complement their Playstation 4 System. The PSVR can offer you a cinema mode to play all your favorite games from within the headset, or you can use it with certain games to fully immerse yourself in the role of the player character. Virtual reality can offer you a complete disconnect from the universe around you and allow you to play out virtual fantasies and stories specifically made for the device. Don’t get too invested, though, remember that you’ve got a day-job to be getting back to.
3D printing offers the creative types an amazing outlet of expression. No longer do you need simply draw or paint! 3D printers create objects from thousands of horizontal cross-sections called ‘slices.’ These slices are designed and rendered on a computer by an artist and can even be downloaded from the web allowing you to indulge in the creations of others. Of course, materials and a starter kit are a must have for 3D printing geeks. It’s an expensive hobby, for sure, but it offers so much more than any other outlet. If you’ve got a business idea or a proposal, you can produce a prototype easily with a 3D printer.
Whilst it might not seem too futuristic, two old school hobbies are becoming more and more popular after a number of years of dormancy. Gardening and home-farming are coming back with a boom (likely because of the fervor for organic veg). LifeHack created an amazing graphic to show why gardening is popular once more. Gardening offers exercise and art, meaning you can get fit while you create something!
Another blast from the past is the collecting of vinyl records. The ‘Vinyl Revival’ isn’t just about retro chic, it’s becoming the music hobby of the future now that streaming has won the digital war. CD’s are meaningless, and vinyl offers an authentic listening experience that can’t be matched. It’s digital and vinyl that are now coexisting, and it’s a shame that vinyl died out in the first place because it has made an enormous comeback that likely should have never happened. Vinyl offers an insight into your favorite artist and there’s no better time to start building a collection.
The future is going to bring a lot of amazing opportunities to you. It’s also going to bring a lot of amazing opportunities back from the dead. There’s going to be plenty to do, but the most important thing is to actually do something. Stress can only hurt, so find avenues in which you can relax in.