“I’m a fan of art therapy. Just being creative helps. I think everyone is creative in their own way.”
Having a hobby is a great way to spend your spare time and unwind from your daily routine - whether it's learning a new skill, doing something outdoors, reading, or doing something musical or artistic.
Spending time on an activity that you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression. Activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed. Group activities like team sports can improve your communication skills and relationships with others.
Your interests may be creative, athletic, academic, or something distinctly personal. You may choose a hobby that you can do alone or as part of a group. Whatever your interests are, there is sure to be a hobby out there for you. What matters is that it is something you find meaningful and enjoyable.
A closer look
Recreational and relaxation activities reduce stress
Getting involved in a creative hobby can make you feel better the next day
Exploring creativity with others can support recovery
Physical activity through sport helps to enhance wellbeing
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