Ask Angel – Hobby Habits

I feel like I’ve lost interest in every extracurricular I used to love, and I have no motivation to do them anymore. How can I enjoy my hobbies again? – Sigh

Dear Sigh, 

That sounds like a difficult situation. Right now, most people have lost the will to do a lot of things since the entire province has been on lockdown. Even things we used to love in the past feel like chores now since we’ve become accustomed to being isolated and not being able to do much. 

The best way for you to get out of your funk, though, is to put in the work. If you have low motivation in general, walks have been scientifically proven to improve mental health, which will in turn, help with your overall motivation levels. The weather’s getting nicer and if you’re able to, going on walks can help you feel a little better, mentally and physically. Doing your hobby shouldn’t feel like doing a chore, and this can be linked to like you said, a general lack of motivation. Which is why going on walks, runs, bike rides or anything like that as often as possible can make a big impact on a lot of parts of your life, including beginning to enjoy partaking in your hobbies again. This may seem unrelated, but attempting to eat well and consistently, can play a large role in your mood as well. Drinking lots of water can help too. 

The same rule can apply to starting your hobbies again, you need to put in the work. Sometimes even when you don’t want to start something, when you get going you end up enjoying it. If you like painting, for example,  you should and get yourself to start a drawing even if you’re not in the mood. If you find you’re not enjoying it after 10 minutes, stop. But, you may find that the hard part was just starting, and once you got going, it became a lot of fun. So, when you have some free time, even if you’re not really in the mood, challenge yourself to try for a few minutes. However, you know yourself best and if this feels like too much, then that’s completely understandable. 

Finally, your hobbies should not feel like chores. That’s the bottom line. Maybe you outgrew them and you can try to research other things you may enjoy. On the other hand, if you feel like this is a result of your mental health not being great, then I would suggest reaching out to a friend, parent, or loved one who you can talk to about your situation. They may be able to provide you with some support or give you some suggestions on what may help. Know that you are not alone and that many people are struggling with motivation, especially because of the virus. You got this!