Let’s talk a bit about hobbies and doing something creative. There are so many ways hobbies improve mental health. Hobbies and other creative activities help to bring balance to your life, ease mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Plus, they help you to reduce stress and relax more. Hobbies help to bring balance to your life, and are the perfect counterpoint to what you do at work and in your day-to-day life at home.
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how monotonous things can get at work and at home. There’s never ending chores and responsibilities to get through every week. It can suck the life out of you if you aren’t mindful. Then there’s the periods of high pressure and stress in between.
We need something else in our life that balances all that stress out. Unfortunately for many people the TV or tablet has taken over. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with an occasional night of TV or Netflix, it shouldn’t be your main thing. Try to find some healthy, hands on hobbies instead of mindless screen time.
Having a hobby or doing something creative is the ideal way to do this. Do you have a hobby right now? If so, now is a good time to make sure you set aside some time for it each week. When we get busy with “have to do’s” it’s easy to get out of balance and let the fun and relaxing stuff slide. Our hobbies and pastimes are often the first thing to go.
Healthy Hobby Ideas
Coloring Books. Adult coloring books are everywhere. People have rediscovered their long lost love for art, got in tune with their inner creativity and embraced a new passion.
Cooking. If you’re a person who loves to tinker in the kitchen, cooking and baking can be a wonderful hands on activity to get lost in.
Journaling is one of the best stress relieving activities that you can do. Make it fun and creative by using different pens, stickers and rubber stamps if you like.
Gardening brings many people peace. There’s nothing like getting out in nature and creating a beautiful space away from the world to help you detach from life’s stress and craziness.
Calligraphy and hand lettering. Good old fashioned paper and pen can be incredibly healing. It’s a great way to fill up your offline days and get away from technology.
Finding a Hobby That’s Right For You
If you don’t have any hobbies at all right now and your time and energy is completely absorbed by work and family, it’s time to regroup. Start by thinking about the things you used to enjoy when you were younger..like before your kids were born. Reflect on the kinds of things you liked to do when you were a kid.
Does anything that you used to do spark your interest?If it does, make the time time to rekindle your love for your long lost hobby. Maybe you used to love painting with watercolors, or you enjoyed scrapbooking or mixed media. It doesn’t matter what it was. Just get out your old supplies if you still have some, buy a few new ones and see if you still like it as much.
But if you find that you don’t enjoy your old hobbies anymore, don’t stress about it. You’ve grown as a person over the past few years and your interests may have changed. Don’t be afraid to look into something new. Browse your local craft and home improvement stores for creative inspiration. See what classes are available in your community.
Ask your friends what they’re doing. Try anything that seems interesting and see what holds your attention. It may take a little trial and error, but I’m sure you’ll find at least one past time that’s perfect for you.
Mental Health Benefits of Hobbies
Hobbies will provide you with the creative outlet and relaxation that you need to balance out your busy life. It will take some intentional effort at first, but it will soon become part of your life and you wouldn’t want to miss your creative time.
When you find it, let me know what you decided to do. I always love to hear what others find relaxing and inspiring!