The question is not so much if you are tired, but whether you feel like you can get a mental break
Who has time for hobbies these days? With COVID-19 taking precedence in so many spheres of our lives, the temptation to flop defeatedly on the couch at night is often too difficult to resist.
Yet many pharmacists do manage to keep up outside interests, with some of these interests demanding much commitment and resources. Take weight-lifting strongman competitor Cliff Comins or wildlife ranger Bronwen Shepherd, for example.
Auckland psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald says, even if you don’t jump into anything physical after work, it’s important to be able to switch out of work mode. Too often, lying horizontal on the couch means your body rests but not your mind.
Also, he says, TV is not a great choice because often it doesn’t fully engage the brain.
You might need to disrupt your thought processes through the art of distraction.
If you’re time-poor, one of the best resources could be friends and family. “If your head is still in work mode, a different point of focus that isn’t work is needed,” Mr MacDonald says.
“It’s probably true of most professions but certainly health professionals, they are quite conscientious people who do the job because they love it.
“They are often also business owners which makes it hard to mentally step away from the job.”
So, if you want to rebalance your life and work, and you’re interested in taking up a hobby, first reflect back to when you were younger, or even a child, and try to remember what you used to enjoy and see if you can rediscover that, says Mr MacDonald.
But what if you’re so tired by day’s end all you feel like doing is collapsing?
“The question is not so much if you are tired, but whether you feel like you can get a mental break,” Mr MacDonald explains.
To get the ball rolling, we’ve hauled out past issues of Pharmacy Today to take a look at all those many different hobbies we’ve featured over the years.