“Everyone needs a reason to get up in the morning, be it a job or walking the dog. That's what gets you going and the rest follows.”
Purposeful activity means different things for different people. It's something that gets you out of bed in the morning. It might be your work, a hobby, or things you do regularly that you enjoy.
These activities make you feel like a contributor, build your sense of self-worth, and give you satisfaction and meaning. And they are vital to everyone's wellbeing.
There are many activities to choose from, and it might take some time finding the right one for you. The important thing is to start.
Looking online for things you are interested in may provide the spark you need. We have a few resources to help you get started. We also have pages on purposeful activities like work, hobbies, volunteering, and more.
A closer look
Artistic activities can enhance mental health
Purposeful activity can get us in a “flow state”
Purposeful activities can help with recovery from mental illness
Meaningful work has benefits to mental health
You may need to change your purposeful activities over time
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.