5 Reasons Why Having a Hobby is Good for Your Mental Health

No matter where we live and what we do, we’re all surrounded by a ton of negativity and have to spend the biggest part of our day at work, so having a hobby is the best thing in the world. Whichever hobby you’re practicing, it’s going to lift your spirits, help you regain inner balance and spend some quality time doing something you actually like! So, here are five of the most important reasons why having a hobby is such a good thing and why it’s vital for preserving your mental health.

 

Hobbies can help you cope with stress

Working all day long, not having enough time to relax, being unable to sleep properly, feeling the burden of being a responsible adult and losing touch with your friends are just some of the reasons why so many people around us are under a pile of stress. Certain statistics point out that over 80% of people experience some signs of stress, and in places like Australia, for instance, the stress level is getting higher every year. That’s why you need to have a hobby that can take your mind off everyday struggles and distract you, at least for a couple of hours. You can feel free and protected against the problems that are waiting for you, so finding a hobby is one of the greatest stress relievers out there.

 

Hobbies can give you an alternative

Moreover, your hobbies can give you a chance to do something creative with your time and use it more productively than simply staring at the TV and binge-watching your favourite shows on Netflix. Hobbies like sports, reading, pottery or hiking can give you a purpose in life and help you build a world that goes beyond your work. This is an alternative you’ve always been looking for and something that’s as far away from your everyday job as possible, which is why it’s a good way to achieve balance in your life.

 

Hobbies can make you feel young again

If you’re into sports, getting together with a group of friends and playing basketball with them once a week won’t just help you relieve stress – it will also help you feel young again! Nothing makes you forget you’re in your forties or fifties like hanging out with your buddies and trying to beat them in a game of sports. The same goes for collecting action figures – this is a cool way to show everyone your passion, but also revisit your childhood and the good old days. It’s a hobby people all around the world enjoy, from those anime figurines in Japan to the amazing and visually appealing line of pop vinyl in Australia that gives you the widest possible offer – from Harry Potter alumni to characters from the Marvel and DC cinematic universes.

 

Hobbies can boost your brain functions

Once you reach a certain age, your brain doesn’t function as well as it did before, and you can start facing various problems because of that. Unfortunately, this sort of deterioration is natural, and there’s little you can do to prevent it, but you can surely slow it down. Certain hobbies, such as playing an instrument or learning a new language, won’t just preserve your brain functions, but can also boost them significantly over a period of time. After all, you need to invest time, money and effort into your brain and work on it just like any other muscle in your body, and this is the way to do that.

 

Hobbies can make you feel good

Again, it doesn’t really matter what kind of hobby you practice – as long as it makes you feel good, it’s surely the best hobby in the world. Hobbies can build your self-esteem and make you a more confident person, and that’s something we all need these days. Meditation, artwork, travelling, cooking, and dancing are just some of the ways to achieve this state of mind and feel better than ever. So, just find things that make you happy, and do them as often as you can!

In the end, keep in mind that you don’t have to limit yourself to just one hobby – explore as many as you’d like and try to enjoy them every day of the week.

Peter Minkoff
Peter is a lifestyle writer at HighStyleLife magazine, living between Europe and Australia. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.
Peter Minkoff