Pastimes and Pleasures

Do you think it would be fun to get involved with something new?

Or is it all too much bother?

It's never too late to try new pastimes and pleasures 

Warning - If your life is fully occupied with things you enjoy then perhaps this page is not for you.

However you may know of friends who might appreciate a pointer in the right direction. Especially people living on their own, or who have stopped working and made no effort to fill the space with anything new.

People - and we all know them - whose main occupation in the morning is to go and buy the newspaper then sit and read it with a coffee until lunch time. Then sit in front of the TV – whatever is on - until it is time for bed.

Pastimes and pleasures can be a way of meeting new people, enjoying and sharing an enthusiasm and can build a whole new social life. It also helps emotional well-being and physical health.

Mental health and wellbeing

While I was involved in a large outplacement programme I was working with people being made redundant and helping them to find new jobs. The initial meeting with myself was followed by the completion of a number of psychometric tests which were then sent to one of the psychologists on the team. He would then meet with the client to make an assessment based on his findings.

After he received the tests from one of my clients he phoned me, very concerned. He asked me if I thought the client was depressed or suicidal as the tests indicated this could be the case. I had certainly not had any indication of this from our conversation and asked why he thought this might be the situation. The psychologist then said that in one test which examined interests and hobbies this client had put a zero against each option. This is what had made the psychologist concerned as the level of interest can be a key indicator of the person’s mental state.

Having had a long meeting with the client I was aware that he had a very deep religious conviction and did many activities though his church membership. On that specific psychometric test there had been no box to tick that mentioned religion. He was not depressed; in fact his beliefs were helping him cope.

However the moral of this story is that if you have no hobbies, interests or friendships that give you pleasure then there is more risk of becoming isolated and depressed, especially if you live alone. So think about what pastimes and pleasures you could indulge in.

Cost conscious

When we reach a time in life that offers more leisure time - but for many - less money, then we have to look for less expensive ways of enjoying ourselves. Most of the suggestions we have made cost very little or no money to enjoy. Check them out.

We would also like ideas and suggestions from you, so if you are looking for new members for your group, volunteers or participants let us know on the form below. 

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If you enjoyed pastimes and pleasures then go to try something new

Easy links to the pages in this section. Just click

Race marshalling -the best seats in the house at motor sport.

War games for adults - written by renowned expert Major General John Drewienkiewicz 

Table top war gaming - a very different story

Learn to sail - tips from an experienced sailor who says it's never too late.

Appreciate Gilbert and Sullivan  - then find out how to set up your own group.

Find out your family history and  start your genealogy research with advice from an expert

Scottish country dancing - great social activity and you don't need a partner.

Join a classic car club -great social life and doesn't cost the earth.

Go gliding - a great day out whether you are flying or assisting

Join a wine tasting group - a cautionary tale

More pages to come so watch this space.

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