The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


December 16, 2012

Hobbies a key to mental health

My boyfriend and I celebrated Christmas early with his family last weekend and I got an exciting gift, a ukelele!

I have played the guitar off and on since I was in eighth grade and randomly became intrigued by the ukelele about a year ago. This new gift also encouraged me to dust off the old guitar and start playing again, something that I had neglected for quite some time.

While I have several other hobbies that I practice more frequently such as running, yoga, baking and reading, I felt bad that I had neglected something I had enjoyed for so long. I think we all get bogged down with work, other committments and the stress of being an adult that we often forget to take time to do the things we truely enjoy.

If you think about it, your entire young life from preschool through college, you are constantly involved in a variety of activities and are trying new things all the time. Once you join the "real world" and get a big kid job, it seems like many of these interests are things of the past. I went from being involved in about seven different sports, organizations and activities, to a fast-paced job in a town where I knew no one and had little free time.

In general, adults aren't really encouraged to join sports teams or partake in activities. It's almost like once you become an adult you're suppose to focus on work and little else, or it's like you've outgrown the things you used to love.

While I think exercise is a great form of release, it's equally important to have other activities that stimulate your mind and offer enrichment in different ways. Taking time to enjoy the things you love is a great escape from everyday life and even acts as a form of therapy.

Strumming my new ukelele gave me a new sense of accomplishment and ease that I hadn't felt in a long time. Now my next project is to find a way to use and practice my French so my French minor doesn't go to waste.

Text Only
  • City Blog: Educators urge Loebsack for action

    May 12, 2014 — A middle school teacher likened Congress' actions to the adolescent games she expects from her students. And the U.S. Representative she addressed didn't disagree.

    May 12, 2014

  • City Blog: VIDEO — Inside the Wilson Building

    Maintenance man Bob Koontz showcases Clinton's Historic Building and sheds light on what the mostly vacant facility could one day be.

    May 2, 2014

  • City Blog: Council amenable to tree-saving route

    Pershing or Roosevelt? Councilmembers leaning toward more expensive, but more "green" alternative for force main construction.

    April 23, 2014

  • City Blog: On Journalism and corrupting young minds

    It's a great day to launch a blog.

    Career Day at Clinton Community College


    March 20, 2014

  • Freezing is more fun as a team

    Taking on the B-rrry Scurry was a little more fun this year, despite the chilly temps, with support from some awesome co-workers.

    February 12, 2013

  • Nutrition is not a fad

    Diet is defined as the kinds of food that a person habitually eats. Although when we hear the word we think of a plethora of fad diets, which are often temporary, unsustainable and far from healthy.

    January 29, 2013

  • Hobbies a key to mental health

    Embracing interests and trying new things is as integral to health as nutrition and exercise. Even though we lead busy lives, it's important to take time to enjoy our favorite things.

    December 16, 2012

  • 5 reasons why all women should venture into the weight room

    Looking around the weight room, there is rarely another woman in sight. Many women log plenty of time on cardio, but miss out on the great health benefits of strength training, often for silly or superficial reasons.

    December 6, 2012

  • A symphony of success

    Sometimes running a 5K can be just as rewarding as a marathon. Enjoying beautiful river views and holiday light displays while cruising through the race doesn't hurt either!

    December 1, 2012

  • No smartphone? No problem.

    You don't need a smartphone to get Herald news updates at your fingertips.

    November 26, 2012