Friday, February 14, 2020

Go ahead and discover the hobby of your life.

Empirical evidence since the 1950s indicates that aches and ailments tend to mushroom after retirement and death looms larger than ever. Once-busy people who couldn't spare any "time to kill" find all the time on their hands, which is killing-literally and figuratively. As the adage goes: An idle mind is the devil's workshop. It is also a workshop for atrophy and disease of the body, mind and spirit, since any faculty that isn't used rapidly deteriorates. 

To pre-empt quicker aging, retired people should begin a second innings by learning a new skill or cultivating a hobby. One could try painting, some form of craft, learn a foreign language or begin a collection-philately, numismatology (coins), deltiology (picture postcards) or anything else that enthralls you.

Those not interested in picking up a new hobby could revive past flames-and we aren't thinking about the opposite sex! Writing, cooking, gardening, flower making, listening to music, singing, maintaining a fish tank or doing anything that is relaxing and enjoyable would qualify as a hobby. One of the most soothing and rewarding hobbies is maintaining a fish tank. As an element of relaxation, nothing beats water. It is natural, soft, transparent, and not just its sight, but even the sound of trickling water soothes frayed nerves. And if there are exotic and colorful fish in the tank, it adds to the joy of the experience. 

"Hobbies help us ventilate, redefine focus and allow one to indulge in activities that are health-stimulating in nature," concurs Dr Chugh. 

Go ahead and discover the hobby of your life. 
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