That thing you’ve been meaning to try for ages? Here's why you should ditch your excuses and do it.
2018 started already in many of our minds . . . The holidays are flying in are you ready?
If you’ve ever wanted to try something new, whether it’s a sport, hobby, start a business, get a new job, ask for a raise or create or try new recipe, you’ve probably questioned your decision: Will it be too difficult? Do you have the time? Will you make a fool of yourself? Yup and if you do, a least you tried it and now you can something else!
Here’s why you should quell those questions and act on the urge: Taking up a hobby is beneficial for your health. A study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine showed that people who took part in leisure activities, no matter if it was cross-stitching or trail running, became 34 percent less stressed and 18 percent less sad while they did so, and the calming effect lasted for hours.
For me, diving into a new interest came in March of this year, when I began eating more vegetables and less meat. This conscious move have given me even more energy, feelings of lightness and more fiber, which my body desperately needed. And the amazing thing is it has gotten easier and easier. My biggest challenge is the days when I'm traveling, and I don't get to cook something I know will be super delicious. So now as plan my meals and snacks, I'm looking at meat, like eekkkk, why does this uncooked flesh look so uninviting. I have eaten chicken, turkey, fish and other sea foods consistently for the last 25 plus years. I stopped eating pork and beef in my latter 20's. Why because it was too much to digest and it made me feel stuffed, and too hard to digest. But now this new things with eating poultry and seafood 1-2 times a week is getting easier to resist meats. I find just taking one step and one day at a time is the game changer. So keep reading, you know something new is about to take hold of you!
1. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO TERRIFY YOU.
Farzana Jaffer Jeraj, motivational speaker and author of I Cheat at Meditation, gave her advice on fighting fear of failure: “I believe that failure can be beautiful. Excitement and anxiety create the same response in our bodies, but we perceive one as negative and one as positive. If you believe in a journey of growth and learning, there is no failure—just figuring it out as you go along.” There’s something wonderfully liberating about the thought that failure could just be learning. If you open yourself to that, the world shifts a little and becomes a little lighter.
2. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO CONSUME YOUR LIFE.
Not all change has to be profound, and every hobby doesn’t have to redirect your life’s trajectory. If you’re lucky though, it will help you bloom in some new way. Not sure what sort of project or pastime will help you grow?
Here are a few activities with proven benefits.
Join a choir. It’s hard to feel sad and sing at the same time. Add in a social component and that happiness factor just increases. Research from Bath University shows that participating in a choir gives people a greater sense of togetherness than others experience in different social activities.
Try crafting. Whether it’s quilting, crochet or cake decoration, the repetitive motions of crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, giving health benefits similar to meditation.
Exercise with others. And no, going to a crowded gym with your headphones on doesn’t count. There’s plenty of research to suggest that social isolation can be incredibly debilitating. Try focused breathing or trail walks with some buddies before dinner or every Saturday morning on conference call . Or find something a little more quirky, like a roller derby squad, circus skills school or line dancing session from youtube at home.
3. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO FEEL EASY.
I talked to my coach and He is always talking about a holistic approach and how—and why—we can grow into our best selves when we try something new.
Holistic approach uncovers our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Each is equally important, and when we open ourselves to trying new things, we nurture ourselves on one or more of these levels.
Stay open to possibility. The whole point of our lives is to live to our potential fuelled by our passion. The best way to connect to that is to be continually open to learning and doing new things, even if they initially make us uncomfortable.
Push through fear. Fear is often behind a resistance to trying something new. When we push through that, we build courage, self-belief and confidence.
Challenge self-imposed limits. When it comes to physical activity, sometimes we think we’re not capable because we don’t like a certain activity, so we may resist trying it. Being open to thinking beyond our beliefs about ourselves can lead to a strong, flexible body.
Balance your brain. Trying something that challenges your intellect and engages both sides of your brain results in whole brain thinking. This improves physical coordination, creativity and intuition.
Take care of spiritual health. Spiritual health is often overlooked. Commit to a summer of growth by increasing your connection to yourself, to others and to the universe. Try walking in nature, meditating, drumming or journaling for a set amount of time each week.
Someone once wisely (and anonymously) said, “Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape and one to be creative.” Do that, and you’re bound to grow in ways you never imagined possible.
Thanks to Alive.com, for a great article on "Try Something New." Other opinions and questions are directly from Eliza Dukes. Here is the link: http://www.alive.com/lifestyle/3-reasons-try-something-new/
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