There’s a reason that people spend time enjoying hobbies. Doing something that gives us positive feedback, a sheer thrill, or something that fulfills a deep-seated need to be creative can improve your mood, confidence, and self-esteem. This is particularly important for someone who is dealing with the pain and challenges associated with a chronic condition like arthritis.
Engaging in a hobby can be a mental escape, help us hone a skill, or just provide an opportunity to socialise and connect with others. Hobbies are a great way to disconnect from work and break away from the monotony of daily schedules.
Also, even though it may seem daunting to add another item to your to-do list, having a hobby has been shown to be a great stress reliever. One of the main reasons why hobbies are important is that they open you up to doing group activities and, as we know, social connection is crucial for longevity and health.
So, what are you waiting for? Consider trying some of our ideas here to get inspired:
Think you don’t have time for a hobby? Think again. So many of us don’t think twice about spending lots of time on social media or watching television. Consider whether you can use some of that time to enjoy a hobby instead. Carving out time for a hobby is satisfying and it’s also a sign that you’re prioritising yourself and your own needs (despite other demands, such as those from family), which is healthy!
September is a great time to embark on a new hobby, and to give yourself the gift of time to do something you enjoy. We’d love to hear from you about your hobbies and ones you’ve recently been enjoying! Get in touch via our Instagram page.