6 Hobbies you can do to improve your Mental Health - Hannah Tong - PANDAS Foundation UK

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6 Hobbies You Can Do to Improve Your Mental Health

Life is extremely busy, especially if you have kids. Thinking about hobbies, as an activity to indulge in, is usually the furthest from our minds.

Unfortunately, this way of thinking is robbing us of a great opportunity to release stress, improve our mental health, and add a little extra joy into our lives. 

A hobby can be anything that brings you happiness when you are doing it or that invokes a feeling of passion when you engage in the activity. 

These two benefits alone can improve your disposition and change your outlook on what you are going through in your life. In thinking about mental illnesses during pregnancy we have found five simple hobbies you could try to improve your mental health and make you feel better about yourself. 

 

 

1# Indulge In What You Love

There is no hard and fast rule on what makes a hobby a hobby. There are many activities out there you probably never considered to be a hobby because of the nature of the activity.

For example, meditation can be considered a hobby, especially if it is something you find joy in repeatedly doing. 

The key to finding a hobby, to indulge in, is to simply think of the different activities that make you smile. We are giving you five ideas, but you should stretch your imagination to find others that suit your personality. 

No one said you could only have one hobby in your life. 

 

 

2# Painting

Painting can be a soothing way to pass the time. There is something about painting that fills our heart with joy and brings down our blood pressure. 

The act of putting paint on a brush and creating a picture on a canvas sets off a feeling of euphoria from accomplishing and creating art. Now listen, you do not have to be a pro to conquer the art of painting. 

You can find many painting kits in your local arts and craft store. If you are concerned about what you can create, try a ‘paint by numbers’ project. 

Paint by numbers makes the creation process a little easier. The picture is already there. 

The creation comes from the color choices and strokes you choose to make.

 

3# Cooking and Baking

We know, as mothers, cooking is an everyday necessity, but why not turn that necessity into a hobby. Cooking and baking can be very therapeutic and relax when it is done in a non-stressful environment. 

Taking a cooking or baking class for fun will expand your cooking and baking repertoire. The more dishes you learn how to make, the happier your family will be when you present them with your new culinary masterpiece. 

You may find that providing for your family in a new creative way will highlight your perspective on how well you are providing for your family. After all, taking care of our family is the ultimate accomplishment for a mum. 

4# It Is As Simple As Reading

Nothing increases brain function like reading a good book does. We know it sounds simple enough, but picking up a book can be one of the greatest enjoyments of your day. 

Books allow us to escape our day-to-day life and enter into the world unlike our own. Reading takes our mind off the things that bother us for a little while and gives us the opportunity to focus on something positive. 

Before you attempt to tell yourself, you do not have time to read, we would like to present you with a little tip. Audiobooks are amazing. 

If you find you do not have time to read a book the good old fashion way, download an audiobook onto your phone and listen to it in the car. This can be a fun way to enjoy reading. 

The bright side to audiobooks is you can read more books faster. 

 

5# Textile Arts

Any craft you can do with your hands is a great hobby to take up. A few of the best crafts to turn into a hobby are crocheting, knitting, cross-stitching, looming, quilting, and sewing. 

Each one of these crafts improves your hand-eye coordination, your brain functions, and lowers your blood pressure because they tend to create a calming feeling in the person who engages in the activity. 

These crafts are great because you can take them with you. You can also perform them while watching your children play, visiting with friends, or watching television. 

 

6# Let’s Get Physical

We all need our bodies to be in tiptop shape. Why not pick up an activity that helps us stay in shape and release some endorphins? Dancing can be a fun activity that will whip your body into shape, release endorphins, and make you laugh and smile.

There is nothing like the feeling of moving your body to match the music you are listening to. 

Music can make you feel good all by itself, however, when you combine it with dance, the feeling is magical. Whether you take a dance class that requires a partner or a style where you can dance individually, a weekly dance class will fill your heart with joy and put a pep in your step. 

 


 

There are many different ways to make yourself feel better about yourself and what you may be going through. The key is to decide you want to feel good. 

Once the decision is made, everything you do after that simply works. Life can be tough, but it is not over. 

We have our family, friends, and kids looking to us for guidance. Take care of yourself. 

Find something, anything, that brings even a small amount of joy to your heart and start from there. You can learn an instrument, play music, or find a television show to turn into a guilty pleasure if it does the trick. 

The key is to find a reason to live. Live past the mental illness.

Remind yourself that this too shall pass and  you will soongive your baby an extra cuddle, not for them, but for yourself.

Hannah Tong is the founder of Omaby.com, a blog dedicated to providing accurate advice to mothers regarding childcare. She loves taking care of her kids and teaching them the right things. She is also enthusiastic and loves sharing her experiences to teach others about how to care for their families’ health.

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