• Will Zesiger

Feeling Burnout? Hobbies Can Help!

Employees are in a tough spot. Caught in a whirlwind of longer hours, remote school for their kids and an inability to enjoy their usual pastimes (going to the gym, movies, dinner with friends, etc.); employees are struggling to find balance.

For many of us, 24/7 PJs, Netflix binges and WFH happy hours have been helpful comforts during this uncertain time. However, I’d argue that these coping strategies are ones we came up with when we thought the pandemic would only last a few weeks.

As we enter the fall, it’s become clear that this pandemic is more of a marathon than a sprint. It’s time we refocus our relaxation routines away from short term distraction and begin to focus on activities that provide long-term reward and fulfillment. Not only will this provide some much-needed variety in our day-to-day schedules, but this type of long-term fulfillment is exactly what we need to reduce the overall burnout many of us are experiencing.

So, what does this mean? Put simply, there has never been a better time to explore a new hobby. It sounds easy but embracing hobbies can have a tremendous effect on your personal and professional life. Don’t just take it from me, discovering new hobbies has been all the buzz for my colleagues at Cheer Partners! Just recently we debuted our very own WFH bingo game to encourage everyone at our company to try new fun activities at home. These newfound hobbies have not only given us an outlet but also allowed us to return to work feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on each day.

Though I’m sure most of us will certainly still binge-watch the occasional Netflix show, I can’t recommend the benefits of exploring hobbies enough.

If you’re having trouble thinking of a new hobby to try, here are some great prompts to help you brainstorm!

  • When you were a child, what did you most love to do? (For me, this was playing with Legos, playing the drums and riding my bike)

  • Is there something you’ve always wanted to try, but never have? (write a screenplay, learn an instrument, invent something, learn how to bake bread?)

  • If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only have one hobby/activity to keep your mind occupied, what would you do?

The employee experience is not just about what happens during work hours. Now more than ever when we work where we live and live where we work, take some time to think about what you can do for your colleagues and employees so that everyone feels connected, supported and ready to take on the day!