At Inessa, we preach about health and wellness from the inside out, and mental health is a vital component of complete wellness. Did you know that practicing any hobby for just 2 hours a week will have lasting effects on your mental health and life satisfaction?
Research has shown that hobbies are an important contributor to mental health. Having a hobby or passion in your life that you actively engage with keeps you socially connected, promotes a balanced lifestyle, relieves stress, enhances sleep and motivation and provides positive mental challenges and stimulation. The benefits of keeping a hobby are far reaching and yet in spite of this the average adult struggles to find the time, space and mental energy to commit to regular hobbies. If you have ever been tongue tied when asked what you like to do in your free time, it might be time that you reconnect with yourself and your passions through hobbies.
Finding a hobby can be an exciting opportunity to explore the things you have always wanted to.The opportunities really are endless. Think back on the hobbies you enjoyed in the past, and the things you wish you had tried. Perhaps you have a favourite book you would like to re-read, or you’ve seen mouthwatering desserts on your Instagram feed that you would love to share with your loved ones. Or maybe you stopped finding time for crafting after your children were born. If your are feeling really stuck or a little bit adventurous, we recommend trying a new thing each month. Experimenting with different hobbies is fun and may lead to an unexpected passion. Plus you will meet many many new friends along your journey.
It's time to prioritise yourself, and that doesn't mean you have to neglect your family or friends. Taking care of your mental and physical health enables you to put out a better version of yourself. Spending 30 minutes a day on your personal interests and enjoyments will make you a better, happier person and strengthens your sense of identity as an individual.