How A New Hobby Can Change You

How A New Hobby Can Change You

How hobbies can help you deal with the stress.
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Starting a new year of college is daunting and stressful for everyone, whether you are starting your first year or your last. You are rushing around making sure you have all the supplies you need, all the textbooks required that are overly expensive, and just making sure you have the essentials.

Then you start your first week and you're rushing to your classes and getting a feel for them and deciding whether you are going to keep them or drop them. With all this preparation and all these decisions, it can send your head into a frenzy.

From personal experience, I can tell you the college stress can get really bad sometimes if you don’t have proper outlets. These outlets ensure that you’re not sitting in your dorm, or bedroom, at home in the dark, alone, staring at all the tasks you need to do and not knowing where to start.

There is one outlet in particular that I have found really helpful. What is it you ask? Hobbies. That’s right, I said good old-fashioned hobbies. It may sound ridiculous and you may be saying ‘I don’t have time for hobbies’, but I’m here to tell you that you do and it is all worth it.

Having hobbies has a lot of benefits for you as a student and even as a person. For one, they help lessen the stress. I know you must be saying, "Well it would add stress because I would have to carve out more time I don’t have to do them", but you’re wrong.

Personally speaking, my freshman year of college got really rough and I found myself down and out more often than not. It got to a point that my mom had to come get me and shake me out of it. After that, I opened my laptop and just started to write. I took one of my favorite fictional characters and started to build a story around them and before I knew it I had about a 1500-word story. After that my writing just took off and I really began to enjoy myself when I was doing it. It is my way of escaping reality for a bit and getting out of my own head and into someone else’s. Writing these fictional stories and characters helps me to better cope with the stress and gives me initiative to get my work done. I tell myself. "Finish this homework assignment, then you can outline this story, or start writing this story".

My hobby writing has become something that is work, but at the same time it isn’t because I enjoy it. This is what hobbies can provide for you. Take something you really enjoy, whether it be a sport, an art form, or even playing with your dog and make it your hobby. Doing these things can help you connect with yourself and help you get a better understanding of what you really need in a time of stress.

These hobbies can also help build confidence. I know with my writing, at first, I thought I was horrible, and still do sometimes, but I started to post it on my blog and got praise and such nice compliments. I had people telling me they loved my writing, that I was a great writer, and that they couldn’t wait to read more. Safe to say that made me want to write more, it gave me more confidence, and made me happier, which lessened the blow of the stress I was going through.

So, with your hobbies, challenge yourself. Posting my writing online was a real challenge for me and it paid off. This can be difficult with some hobbies, but just be creative and have fun with it. That’s the whole point. If you like to read challenge yourself to read two chapters in a day instead of one. If you like playing with your dog try going for a run with your dog. If you play basketball see how many baskets you can make in a minute and try to continuously beat your personal score. Challenging yourself gives you something to strive for, which in the end when you reach that challenge makes you all the happier and probably forget what you were stressing about in the first place.

Time can be an issue for some. I get life gets busy and college makes it busier, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze at least 30 minutes a day to do something for you.

Trust me when I say I understand this. I am a full-time college student maxing out at 18 credit hours going to classes five days a week. On top of that, I work anywhere from 20-30 hours a week at my job and those shifts are usually 8 hours a piece, which takes my weekend as well as part of other days in the week. On top of that I have a house full of family and little kids that I adore and help with and couldn’t possibly say no when my 2-year-old nephew walks up to me and say, “Auntie Sommer, outside”. So, time for me is a virtue.

The way I maneuver through my schedule is on somedays I have anywhere from 40 minutes to 2 hours in between classes so I take that time to sit in the library and write, (which is where I am currently writing this). This gives me some “me time” while also sticking with my responsibilities.

So, if you have time between classes, use it to your advantage. If you have time between school and work, use it. If you have time in the morning before class, use it. Anytime you find yourself bored and have nothing to do use it to your advantage and do something you enjoy because at the end of the day it is only going to help you and make you happier.

To end on a high note, go out shoot some hoops, read that book, write that story, or run around the backyard with your dog. Do what you enjoy and I’m sure that little escape will lessen the stress level and help keep you level headed throughout your college semester.
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Most of the time, their name fits them perfectly. Behind every millennial is a mom with one of these common names.

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2. Barbara, AKA Barb

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4. Pam

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5. Michelle

Michelle is a born caregiver. She loves taking care of others and is especially great at being a mom. All the best moms are named Michelle.

6. Carla

Carla love boat rides and beer. She has at least one shirt with an American flag on it.

7. Lisa

Lisa is so responsible, it's scary. You know Lisa was put on this earth to mother everyone she meets, even complete strangers.

8. Nicole

Nicole is hip and trendy, especially if she goes by Nikki. Nicole thinks she's pretty cool, and even though they might not want to admit it, her kids think so too.

9. Brenda

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10. Tammy

Tammy is a teenager trapped in an adult body. She loves to be tan and spend time outdoors. Everyone knows Tammy has an alter ego when she drinks, and she's usually hilarious.

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Kathy/Katherine is the laid-back mom who would secretly fight anyone that hurt their baby. Don't cross a Kathy/Katherine.

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Nancy sometimes loses her temper and then immediately second-guesses her parenting. It's probably because she's working too hard and not drinking enough wine. Give your mom a break.

13. Mary


Mary is an angel that fell to Earth. There's no way anyone could have beef with Mary. Give Mary a hug, she deserves it.

14. Janet

Janet's goofy, but she's really good at hiding it. Once she relaxes, though, Janet has the best laugh. She's also got a heart of gold.

15. Stacy

Stacy's that mom who will come to all of your baseball games 20 minutes early with a picnic basket full of sandwiches for the whole team. She loves wearing her hair in a ponytail and lives in her Mom Jeans.

16. Susan

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Amy/Aimee never ages. She's fun to be around and has friends of all ages. Amy/Aimee works hard and is successful because of it. If anyone deserves happiness, it's Amy/Aimee.

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Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

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2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

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11. Birthdays are always a big deal

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13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

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