Last month I enrolled on an interior design night class at my local college. I have recently moved house and designing the room schemes inspired me to sign up and give it a try.
I am enjoying meeting new people and honing my new interior design skills, but the course has also challenged me to flex my creative muscles in other ways, which in turn has benefitted me at work.
I’ve rediscovered getting hands on and using sketchbooks (I’ve not used one for 20 years!) and cutting and pasting with glue and scissors- SO much more fun and therapeutic than pinning on Pinterest.
This has got me thinking about the effects a hobby can have on your general well-being. After doing some research online, I found articles about a study by Researchers at San Francisco State University.
The effect of creative hobbies was measured on over 400 employees- they surveyed what they did during downtime, how creative they are at work, and how well they supported their employer and co-workers.
Even though what the participants defined as “creative” was different for each person, the researchers said that whatever the activity was, it provided them with some form of self-expression and ability to discover something new about themselves.
So with this in mind, I’ll be getting as much as I can out of the next 10 weeks of study and I have a list other activities I’d like to pursue including learning to screenprint, etching, baking, and, I’ve finally started to learn to drive!
Here’s some ideas to get you started:
At Epigram we encourage creative expression and have a calendar of fun and interesting local events to inspire and excite us. Future events include an adult ball pool at Manchester science museum and life drawing classes.
Spending your time on a creative hobby you enjoy can make you happier, healthier, and more productive, so give it a go!