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How to Beat the Blues Part 7-Take up a Hobby

By April 23, 2009 October 20th, 2011 No Comments

Phillip Hodson, a fellow of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy gives the following advice; “Unless we have an interest and unless you have work – play work or money work – an activity that means something to us, it’s hard in our society to feel relevant or useful,” says Mr Hodson. It helps if the pastime we choose is “something that absolutely takes you out of yourself. “If you only dwell in your own head you’re going to be miserable.”

Our hobbies should, ideally, be something we can take with us through life and connects us to our earlier selves. “I stopped playing squash when I was 40,” cautions Mr Hodson. “The idea of picking up a squash racquet now is fanciful,” he admits.

So it might be knitting, Kitesurfing (I persoanally have just taken up the latter, and hope that I will be able to continue doing it for quite a few years to come) or another hobby, but the advice from us here at Diets Don’t Work personal training is to try lots of thoings before you decide to go for one or the other. Don’t be dissapointed if the first things you try are not as good as you thought they would be, keep going until you find something you like and then are more likely to stick with. For some of our personal training clients it’s not just that they are getting some structured exercise and losing weight or toning up, but that the hour with their personal trainer is one of the only hours in any given week where they are taken out of themselves and do not have to think about everyday things or worries. This hour or two (or more!!) a week is really important to maintain a healthy balance for both your mind and body.

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