Hobbies: Gone, Gone, Gone.
Monday 28, March 2011
Australia is home to some wonderful leisure time activities
hobbies, including fishing, boating, diving, surfing, bushwalking,
rugby, and gardening. Unfortunately, many Australians are simply too
busy to do any of them.
Australians spend an average of 1,855 hours a year at work, making
Australia home to the longest work week in the developed world according
to a study done by The Australia Institute. Many Australians work
50-hour workweeks on a regular basis, leaving little time for necessary
rest and relaxation. Are they working to live or living to work?
Of course, Sydney is an area with a moderately high cost of living, and
Australians are working hard to maintain their economic edge. However,
all work and no play can lead to health problems, depression, and even
obesity. More than one in four Australians admits to skipping doctor’s
appointments when sick due to work responsibilities, and almost half of
them are getting no exercise at all.
Overwork can strain a person’s health, social relationships, family
life, and hobbies. A life that is imbalanced can lead a person to be
less productive and more frustrated at work. Overworked Australians
begin to define themselves by their roles at work and often neglect
their needs as individuals.
Hobbies are one way to break this unhealthy cycle. Hobbies allow
Sydneysiders to delve more deeply into a subject in which they’re
interested, break away from the monotony of everyday life, fire up their
creativity, burn excess stress, boost concentration, and make new
friends. Some hobbies can even turn into a nice little profitable
venture. Most importantly, though, hobbies can bring Australians both
personal and professional satisfaction.
Hobbies may just be the answer to a happier, less-stressed, more
satisfying work week. It’s time for Australians to get back to the
basics and start enjoying life again.