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When it comes to improving your mental health,
there are few better remedies than picking up a healthy hobby. Hobbies can get
your mind active, and get you social—but the real benefit to most people is
the boost to overall mental wellness. No matter what sort of mental issue
you’re struggling with, there’s a good chance that throwing yourself into a
hobby—such as quilting—will have a positive effect.
Our daily lives are filled with stress—from our
jobs, our kids, school, bills, and relationship conflict to a seemingly endless
list of other minor stressors. Hobbies play an important role in mitigating
some of this unavoidable stress, as they provide us with an outlet for
creativity, distraction, and something to look forward to.
“Hobbies bring a sense of fun and freedom to life
that can help to minimize the impact of chronic stress. Those who feel
overwhelmed at a job, for example, can benefit from hobbies because they
provide an outlet for stress and something to look forward to after a hard day
(or week) at a stressful job,”
Having a hobby to focus on forces us to take a
break from stressful activities. Without a reason to take a break, we may
unwittingly overwork ourselves to the point of exhaustion.
Studies have shown that some of the best hobbies for reducing stress
include knitting, gardening, reading, and yoga. And as many quilters will
attest, quilting is absolutely therapeutic as well!
From Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley
boosting brain power and cognitive function
As we age, we need to keep our brains sharp with
activity. An unused mind is a mind more susceptible to cognitive decline. The
more interested we are in learning new things—and working out our brains—the more mental function we tend to hold onto.
“The more [seniors] took part in activities that
are enjoyable and mentally demanding, the less likely they are to experience a
decline in brainpower, while keeping the activities varied boosts brain health
found a recent study.
Of course, it’s not just seniors who need to
stimulate their brains on a daily basis. Folks at any age can benefit from
“We need to think of our brains as both computers
and muscles. The more information we put into our brains, the more functions
they can perform. Likewise, the more we exercise our brains, the stronger they
helping those in addiction recovery
Distraction from boredom is very important for
those in addiction recovery. As AlcoholRehab.com
points out, “feeling bored is a dangerous
emotion for people in recovery because it can lead to: Depression; Comfort
eating which may lead to obesity and ill-health; Irritability; Dissatisfaction
with recovery; and … feelings of anger.”
Hobbies that are particularly good for those in
recovery include anything that channels negative energy into positive energy,
and anything that allows you to create something from scratch (like quilting or some other form of sewing!).
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No matter what your mental needs may be, there’s
a good chance that picking up a healthy, enthralling hobby will help. Hobbies
provide distractions, challenge the brain, and help stave off the boredom
associated with the worsening of many mental health issues.
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