In a recent TV interview, health advocate Dr. Mehmet Oz shared that in a survey of 1.2 million people about health habits, 95% of the healthiest people in the survey made a habit of taking time for themselves.
Taking time to follow your passions and things you love to do is not just a “nice” thing anymore. It’s necessary for overall health and well-being. The benefits to our lives stretch beyond just health. Pursuing our passions (either at work or in our free time) can have direct impact on our productivity and happiness.
Wondering how to jump off the “hamster wheel” of life to pursue your passions? Here are a few tips:
Do you ever fantasize about what you’d do if time and money were unlimited? Take a few minutes to write these dreams down. What would you do? Travel? Make a special purchase? Volunteer at your favorite charity?
Look at your list for cues on where your passions are. Maybe you won’t be able to buy that classic roadster to park in your own driveway but you could attend a local car show or browse through a collector’s magazine. Perhaps the 7-day Caribbean cruise isn’t a possibility but a day-cruise on your city’s local waterway will give you a great relaxing day on the water. Look for ways to pursue your passion in baby steps.
Take Back Your Time
Many people don’t pursue their passion because they say they don’t have the time. According to a Nielsen ratings study,the average American watches 38.5 hours of television every week! Another time black hole for many folks – Facebook. The average user spends more than 11 hours per month on Facebook (Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2010 & Facebook Press Room, 2011). With 93% of Internet users on Facebook, we know that means a lot of you!
If keeping up with your favorite shows or looking at your friend’s family vacation photos are your passions, great! Enjoy that outlet. But if you find yourself sitting in front of the TV or your computer out of laziness and boredom, consider taking back that time and investing it in your passion. Take a class, join a club or volunteer for an organization where you can pursue what you love.
Invest in Your Passion
Making a time or financial commitment is a great way to hold yourself accountable to pursuing your passions. Even small purchases can be a great inspiration.
If you’re a gardener, maybe it’s a new pair of gardening gloves. If fitness is your passion, perhaps it’s signing up for a race or event where you will have to commit to putting in the time to train. The financial commitment doesn’t need to be huge, but when you’ve put some money in, you will likely be more inclined to put some time in to pursing that passion as well.
How do you follow your passion? Got more tips to share?
Photo by Zach Klein.
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