There’s so much more to life…..

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 by Pauline Silva

Do you find yourself thinking  there has to be more to life than running mom’s taxi service, meeting the taxman’s deadlines, managing the bosses’ diary, cooking dinner every night, appeasing the teacher,  keeping the dog out of the neighbour’s garden? Tick the box. Mine is the “cooking dinner every night”! Oh, and the “mom’s taxi service”! Not to mention the taxman!

In the busy-ness of life we often overlook the importance of me-time. But increasingly health professionals are recognising the benefits of hobbies and crafts, and the positive impact they have on busy lives. Ironically, the busier you are the more important it is to dedicate time to something that you enjoy and that allows you to be in control. In most facets of life someone else is dictating what needs to be done, when and how; but your hobby is something that is entirely controlled by yourself – you decide what you want to do, and how you want to go about it; the choice of colours is yours alone and there isn’t someone breathing down your neck asking if it’s done yet.

The satisfaction of doing something you enjoy simply because you enjoy it is immense – and is good for you. That fulfilment enables you to be a better parent, a more productive worker, a less grouchy spouse or partner. When your own me-time needs are being met you will be less resentful of all the demands put on your time by life.

So go on. Give in to the urge to bead; the need to mosaic; the desire to paint or scrapbook – and ditch the  guilt! There’s so much more to life…

Visit Hobby-X at the Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg, from 1 to 4 March for all the inspiration, materials and supplies you need. (1 March Trade visitors only)

Find a list of trendy workshops to indulge in on

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