Whilst therapies and medications may help improve the lives of many experiencing mental health issues, taking time out to pursue a hobby or leisure activity can bring significant benefits, regardless of what you choose to do. Try to make time for doing the fun things you enjoy. If we don’t spend any time doing things we enjoy, we can become irritable and unhappy.
Pursuit of a hobby or activity can help an individual by reducing stress, improving mood and certain activities will promote and encourage socialisation that can help combat loneliness too.
Your hobby should be a pleasurable activity that allows you to take your mind off of the demands of your daily life, or negative emotions. It’s a healthy and productive distraction from work or personal troubles.
Hobbies can also help improve memory and give your brain a workout – Puzzles provide a focus and medical professionals agree that they help reduce stress and anxiety. These can be anything from jigsaws, crosswords, Sudoku or any number of other brain teasers.
The benefits of having a hobby can greatly improve your life – what hobbies do you have?
We have listed a few hobbies that you may wish to consider;
*Learning a musical instrument