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If you are one of the millions of Americans who feel burnt out from a non-stop work week, you’re not alone. According to the New York Times article, “The Case for Having a Hobby,” Americans are always on, making hobbies “... a thing of the past, relegated to mere memories of what we used to do in our free time.”

What’s worse is that many hobbies are no longer simply done for enjoyment but have morphed into a “... dreaded side hustle or as paths to career development” turning things that were once done for fun into more work, “... ‘Like embroidery? You should be selling your creations on Etsy!’” and so on and so forth.

It turns out, however; that hobbies actually improve our health and well-being. In fact, Developing Good Habits states in “22 Benefits of Having a Hobby or Leisure Activity,” that “Spending time doing an enjoyable activity that is not attached to work or other commitments will help increase your happiness and satisfaction with life. It will allow you to spend time doing something that is only for your own personal benefit, and not the benefit of others.”

While the case for having a hobby is strong, mortgage applications are currently on the decline and small apartment rentals are on the rise, making it more and more challenging for individuals to find the space to partake in hobbies they enjoy. Jacoba Urist argues in “The Health Risks of Small Apartments,” that living in a tiny space can take a psychological toll, and the inability to spread out and engage in these activities is certainly of no help!

With the benefits of hobbies undeniable and the inability to start them due to a lack of space real, what are Americans supposed to do? The answer is find a local self-storage unit. With storage facilities located in nearly every neighborhood providing 24-7 security and comfortable climate-control, finding a unit that fits any budget and size is both simple and affordable.

Enjoy creating crafts or collecting memorabilia? Have a classic car you like to work on, or sporting equipment you need to store? Want to take on painting or sculpting? How about working  out in private with your own equipment? The possibilities are endless with self-storage.

Successful American actor and filmmaker Robert Duvall once said, “A young actor once asked me, What do you do between jobs? I said, Hobbies, hobbies, and more hobbies.” So find something you enjoy, make the space and time for it, and begin the new year pursuing the things you love.

To a happier, more successful you!

Happy 2019!