On this the very last edition of my four part Post Grad Survival Guide, I’m sharing one more helpful tip on how to flawlessly transition into adulthood. This go around, think of me as your overly concerned parent who’s worried about all the time you spend on Tumblr. Basically, what I’m saying is ”Go out and get a hobby!” I’m going to highlight why hobbies are an important of your post-grad experience and I'll highlight THE cutest post grad hobby there is.
Let’s Get Crafty
Having an amazing hobby isn’t just about having something interesting to humble-brag about at your next networking happy hour. Hobbies are actually great for your mind, body and soul. No matter what kind of hobby or hobbies you choose, you’ll start to see the benefits of it in your daily life. Most hobbies require you to flex those beautifully toned creative muscles (or you know, real hobbies). This kind of creativity can help you problem solve in the workplace. And for those of us in creative fields, being creative when we’re off the clock can seem counter productive. However, here’s the best way around it. Hone your skills in a different area! Learn or perfect a new creative skill.
Chill Out Dude
Chilling out doesn’t always mean Netflix and snacks. In fact, if you’re anything like me, sitting in front of the TV for too long actually makes you feel kind of lazy and kind of stressed. That’s where your new hobby comes in. Picking your favorite hobby gives you that de-stress time you need without the family sized bag of Doritos. According to many studies, hobbies that require some sort of physical activity creates chemical changes that help reduce stress in our bodies. Personally, I don’t consider physical activity necessarily “fun” but I see where they’re going with this. The process of producing and finishing a project is a warm and fuzzy kind of feeling.
Get Out There
Like I was saying last week, having an active social life is the best way to stave off a quarter and mid life crisis. So why not kill two birds with one stone? If you’re a social butterfly, find a hobby that will help you get involved with big groups. Hobbies like dancing, cooking classes, and book clubs are amazing ways to get to know new people and new things.
highlight hobby- BookBinding
An awesome example of great off the clock activity is book binding. For those of you who are not fully familiar with bookbinding, allow me to break it down for you. Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book from an ordered stack of paper sheets that are folded together into sections or sometimes left as a stack of individual sheets. The stack is then bound together along one edge by either sewing with thread through the folds or by a layer of flexible adhesive. Best part about book binding? You have the power of choosing beautiful covers and designs. But don't take my word for it, graphic designer (and best friend extraordinaire) Katie Calcado is my resident bookbinder and the hands behind the wonderful books featured in the photos.