What hobbies have you always loved? Reading? Writing? Hiking? Crafting? Cooking? Coffee with a friend? The list goes on and on.
When was the last time you intentionally took time to do that hobby?
Hobbies and self-care work together to promote a happy, healthy lifestyle. Huffington Post says that in a 2015 study, people who regularly partake in “leisure activities” which are “self-selected, self-rewarding behavioral pursuits that take place during non-work time” often lead happier and more productive lives. Psychology Today states that hobbies can promote social connectivity, more structured time and stress relief. Having an enjoyable outlet can be the difference between a fulfilling life and a stressful life.
With the New Year, we often see resolutions involving someone attempting to make drastic change such as intense exercise regiments and changing dietary habits. Unfortunately, our resolutions can get lost when the New Year fades and we get back into our regular weekly routine.
I want to challenge you to make a weekly goal involving a hobby that eases your mind and replenishes your energy. This doesn’t need to be a grand goal like reading an entire book or solving world problems. It can be as simple as writing an encouraging hand-written note to a friend or co-worker. May your goal will be to take an hour to cook that new recipe you’ve had sitting on your Pinterest board for a year.
Whatever your hobby may be, give yourself permission to enjoy it each week and incorporate your hobby into your self-care routine.
About the Author:
Lauren Hultstrand is the Mental Health Project Coordinator at SC Thrive. She is currently providing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training at no cost to community members in Spartanburg County thanks to a generous Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant. She works closely with the United Way of the Piedmont and intends to train 1,200 First Aiders by September 2018. To date, she has spent over 150 hours training in Mental Health First Aid courses.
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