Summary: Instead of zoning out in front of the television, stimulate your mind and body with a fun hobby that makes you a better person.

With streaming services, it’s easier than ever to stay on top of shows, but all that access only diminishes​ the amount of enjoyment TV provides. That’s why it is so important to unplug and take a break from the tube and pursue something else: a hobby.

Reap the Benefits

Having a hobby or two is ​really good​ for your mental and physical health. Hobbies help provide a person with a sense of identity and build self-esteem. They give us something to talk to when life pushes us in the direction of socializing. Hobbies help people improve their mindfulness skills, making them feel happier and more at peace. Some hobbies such as reading help keep the brain sharp.

Others like playing sports provide heart-pumping exercise that prevents disease and illness. The more hobbies you pursue, the more well-rounded the benefits you experience. Of course, there’s no point in pursuing a certain hobby if you don’t enjoy it. After all, your hobby is for you and no one else… so why do something that doesn’t make you feel inspired? Look for something fun that motivates you and that you really look forward to engaging in.

You can even take your new passion pursuit to the next level and make it a part- or full-time venture. Just a note of caution, remember that if you do, you need to select a business structure and officially register it. Many people opt for an LLC since it can ​safeguard assets​, it provides tax perks, and you can register affordably and easily when you go through an online service.

Try the following hobbies next time you’re feeling sick of the same old routine, or simply are ready to make a little extra income.

Learn to Play an Instrument

Learning to play an instrument is one of the best things you can do for your brain. Not only does it fire up both hemispheres of your thinkbox, playing an instrument makes you a happier and more creative person. Musical training is great for the mind because it strengthens its executive function and provides a greater amount of blood flow. In fact, Psychology Today notes there is even evidence that playing music can help prevent ​age-related decline​ in hearing, cognitive abilities and mobility.

Pick out an instrument you’ve always wanted to play and start looking into ​online lessons and tutorials​ that can help you develop the basic skills you need before moving forward to more advanced songs.

Volunteer and Train Dogs

If you love four-legged friends, why not channel that love into a hobby that helps those that are the most vulnerable. Animal shelters always need volunteers to help walk, play with and train dogs that are waiting for their new forever homes. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience in dog training, helping them learn the most basic and easiest commands can give a pup the edge needed to get adopted.

Play a Solo Sport

If you already love watching or playing sports, The Seattle Times suggests you may have an affinity for ​competition​. While that is certainly healthy to an extent, becoming too enthralled when it comes to competing can drown out the mindfulness benefits of being active.

Picking up a solo sport helps realign your mindset so you can look at athleticism in a new light. Solo sports give you a chance to reflect, improve mindfulness, and build self-esteem. Playing once or twice a week can even ​improve your performance​ at team sports.

Examples of individual sports to try:

Instead of zoning out in front of the television, stimulate your mind and body with a fun hobby that makes you a better person. Playing music is good for the brain and can even help prevent age-related decline. Volunteering at an animal shelter where you can socialize and train dogs helps them become more appealing for adoption. Finally, over-competitive people can become more focused and better teammates when they switch out the jersey for a solo sport.

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