The topic of mindfulness and mental health is something that is prominent in today’s society.As a nation, we are investing more in our wellbeing than we were even five years ago. The current Coronavirus outbreak has only made this even more important. In this article, we are going to discuss the importance and benefits of having a hobby, and how it can help boost your overall mood.
Before we discuss the reasons why you should have a hobby, I would just like to cover the topic of expenses. A hobby can be as expensive or as cheap as you like. In fact, some hobbies cost no money at all. None of my regular hobbies cost much at all. For example, I enjoy getting creative with adult colouring books and working on cross-stitch projects. Both of these are fairly cheap activities, with you only needing to purchase the materials.
A free hobby that I love doing, especially in the summer, is Geocaching. This is a free (or you can upgrade to premium) outdoor recreational activity where you use your GPS device or mobile phone to hunt for items that have been hidden by others. It’s perfect for all of the family, and can make a fun day out without spending any money at all.
Escape Everyday Life
Everyday life can become quite dull with the majority of us having the same routine every day. Escape that routine by spending a few hours each week doing something you enjoy. A hobby is a great way to just forget about everything else that’s going on in your life, and to truly focus on that one activity you are doing – something that you may really need to cope with the challenges we are currently facing.
The majority of us will admit that we feel stressed on a regular basis. For some people, the feeling of being stressed can overwhelm them and start to take over their lives. Having a hobby, whether it be physical activity, doing something creative or simply just watching a film, you should be able to unwind and destress while doing it. Spending an hour doing your hobby after a stressful day at the office is a great way to unwind.
Time For Yourself
Having a hobby that is different from your other family members is a fantastic way to spend some time alone and truly have time to yourself. Put yourself first for once – something we all need to be doing more of. Spending some time in your own company is great for reflection and your overall mental health.
Connect with like-minded people
Even in this time of social distancing, your hobby can be a fantastic way of getting to new people that you may have never spent time with otherwise – even if you can only connect online for the time being. You are likely to discover people of different backgrounds and age groups and having a common interest may even lead to you becoming friends. When all of the current chaos has blown over, you may even be able to meet up and do things together in person!
To summarise, if you haven’t been regularly spending time doing your hobby, whatever that may be, now is the perfect time to start doing so. We all have busy lifestyles trying to juggle work life, home life and everything in between, but by dedicating just a few hours a week to your hobby, you will really feel the benefits – and it may help to keep you sane during these troubled times.