Positive Mental Health Day 2

Good morning

Todays step to positive mental health is Take Time for yourself.

Hobbies are important for positive mental health.

The following are a few ways that hobbies help your mental health.

They encourage you to take a break. Everyone needs a break from time to time and hobbies help you to remain productive while you do something you love.

Sports, Music, Watching Tv or Reading are all ways to unwind and take time out of a busy schedule.

Hobbies offer a new challenge. They challenge you in a different way than work, a positive way. They give you a goal and there’s no better feeling than accomplishing a goal you have been working towards for a long time.

Hobbies unite you with others, there are so many opportunities to meet new friends. Even if you take up a solo hobby like drawing, it still opens you up to a new world of people. These people who enjoy the same things as you do.

Hobbies create a positive outlet for stress. By focusing on a non-work related task you give your mind something else to think about rather than dwelling on things that are worrying you.

Doing something that you enjoy without the pressures of life is crucial and should not be overlooked. 

One of the advantages of taking up a hobby is that it gives you the chance to learn new skills.  Volunteering to help out in the Community can also be a great way of maintaining positive mental health.

 

It can take our focus away from ourselves and on to what ever we are interested in, whether it is the local GAA club, the St Vincent de Paul, visiting the old or house bound, or taking part in the local Tidy Towns Committee.  For the vast majority of people, they are never as happy as when they are helping others, and for many people it is through helping others that we can best help ourselves.

 

Spending time out doors in tune with nature for many people is what life is all about.  Getting away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life, going for county walks or just sitting in the garden can bring on a certain feeling of serenity and calmness.  

Research has shown that people in hospital wards with views of the countryside got better more quickly and needed less pain-killing drugs.  Walking along the seashore, listening and watching the waves, will not only give you an appetite for your dinner, it can also give you an appetite for life and an appreciation for the wonderful world that we are a part of.