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11 September 2011

The Importance of Hobbies for Stress Relief

* Crafting and Exercising Have Similarities
* Scrapbooking Really Can Be Cheaper Than Therapy
* Change Your Thinking From Quantity to Quality
* Benefits of Regular Monthly Classes

Life is busy.  Sometimes we get so bogged down in our work, home, family and friend responsibilities, that it sometimes seems impossible to find any available time to work on a hobby! Why is this a big mistake?  Because hobbies are a natural stress release from the regular grind of our daily lives.

Crafting and Exercising Have Similarities

Believe it or not, crafting and exercise have much in common. The fitness experts say that scheduling time in your busy schedule for exercise actually gives you more energy and makes you more efficient in getting your long "to do list" accomplished. Crafting works the same way - although it seems like carving out some hobby time seems ridiculous in the grand scheme of things, doing so actually makes you a happier person (a nicer wife, mother, friend, and daughter). 

Scrapbooking Really Can Be Cheaper Than Therapy

Lately, I've been seeing quite a few articles online and in magazines about the correlation between hobbies and stress - enough, that it validates one of my favorite phrases, which is 'scrapbooking is cheaper than therapy".  The experts apparently agree.

Click here to check out one such article from Stress Management Expert Jennifer Purcell:

 "Hobbies in general can be done when and how you want. Hobbies allow you to have a certain measure of control over your life. If you don't feel like finishing your scrapbooking project, so what? There's no external pressures or deadlines to do it. You can take as long or as little time as you like to complete your hobby".

Learn To Change Your Thinking About Hobbies

This one particular excerpt is particularly interesting to me because it's actually one of the many excuses I hear from people about why they haven't started a hobby, or why they have kept themselves from continuing one that they so clearly enjoy. 

With our fast-paced lives, we are constantly feeling that need to do as much as we can in as little time possible, even if it's in the midst of an enjoyable hobby.

After 13 years of scrapbooking, I think I've finally gotten it. Regardless of how much I might get done when I'm crafting, the enjoyment and fulfillment is the same. By complaining about how little I've gotten done or how slow a crafter I am, I am actually taking away the good benefits I derived from the time I spent on my hobby.

Hobbies should be the one area in our lives that we should do for true pleasure and we should make an effort to keep from grading ourselves during the activity.

Benefits of Regular Monthly Classes
The greatest benefit of monthly classes is that it gives you the opportunity to schedule time to scrapbook your family's memories on a regular basis.  It could be a crucial piece of the puzzle for how you get yourself to make time for your hobby. Not only will you come away with beautiful layouts, but it will get you inspired and more likely in the mood to want to carve out even more time to work on your hobbies in between classes.  Even better, it might make you schedule a daily or weekend crop to really get those batteries charged!!

Happy FUN and STRESS-FREE Scrapping!


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