Collecting – Antidote for Stress

You probably never thought that you could justify spending money on antiques to relieve stress. However, some experts say collecting antiques is a valid way to define yourself and renew your identity outside of the work world.

When it comes to stress relief, most of us think of taking a vacation first. But, if you don’t have much time, combining a brief getaway while looking for additions to your special collection can be a good alternative route to renewal. According to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying and Selling Collectibles by Laurie E. Rozakies, Ph.D., here are some reasons to consider collecting as an avocation:

Collecting is a way to express your personality and to be recognized for something in addition to the way you are defined by your work – the way we are most likely to be labeled by others.

Having something in common is a great way to meet people and have fun with others who share your interests. Whether you are housebound with babies or isolated by working too much, you can find others who share your same interests at an antiques show or event.

“Collecting allows you to relax and refresh your soul.” Unwinding and enjoying life is a key component in staying healthy and collecting something of interest takes your mind off burdensome daily responsibilities.

“You can be the head weenie at the roast” as a result of knowledge you gain about something you find interesting. Many successful collectors are sought after for their knowledge and gain respect as a result of their accomplishments.

Collecting may provide an opportunity to make money. Caution: it takes doing your homework on this one. But studying hard doing something you enjoy can be invigorating.

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