Passion projects. Who has time for passion projects?
You’re busy. I get it. We all are. Between crazy work deadlines, raising kids, managing a home, how can one fit any time for leisure right?
But did you know that dedicating at least 2 hours a week engaging in arts and hobbies is all you need to improve your mental well-being?
A research done in Australia found that those who dedicated 100+ hours a year engaging in arts and hobbies had a significantly better mental health than those who dedicated less than 100 hours a year on their hobbies.
I’ve had many discussions over coffee with friends and family about how busy we are. We’ve all had this talk; about trying to make time to pursue a dream or do something we are truly passionate about.
Somehow we have it in our minds that we will be less busy in the future and we’ll have more time to pursue our passion; maybe once the kids are older or when we’re retired. But here’s the reality, we will always be busy. We will always have commitments. We push aside our dreams to make way for the responsibilities in life.
I always hear people say that they want to pursue something they are passionate about when they have more time. But when will you have more time? I started pursuing my passion projects in my early 40’s and one of the things I wished I did was to have done this much earlier in life.
There are a total of 168 hours a week
That’s right there are 168 hours in a week. In this perspective, two hours a week engaging in an activity that brings you joy and can potentially improve your well being is worth committing to don’t you think?
“Yes but Tashhhhhhh, I’m not awake 168 hours a week, I need sleep!”, you may argue. Even if you take away eight hours for your much-needed beauty sleep for seven days a week, you’re still left with 112 hours a week!
I dedicate an hour a day doing something that brings me joy. I blog, I crochet, I read, I do creative journaling and I study NLP. These are my passion projects and I set aside an hour a day for one of these activities seven days a week. Just one hour a day for the past few years and it has brought a positive change in my life.
If two hours a week is all it takes to bring a little joy in your life, then what are you waiting for?