Taking Up A New Hobby Can Help Your Mental Health

Two focuses of my blog are General Education and Health/Wellness. A key aspect of our health is our mental health. There are numerous vehicles we can use to maintain our mental health and one is hobbies. The following contributed post is entitled, Taking Up A New Hobby Can Help Your Mental Health.

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Have you ever thought about taking up a hobby to help your mental health? Some people find them very helpful as they provide a way for them to pour their feelings into something creative, or something productive. Of course, this isn’t always the case for everyone, but more often than not there is at least one hobby that you will enjoy, but you also find therapeutic. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the common options, and why they may be good for you. Keep reading down below if you would like to find out more.


If you love all things related to music then why not use this as therapy for your mental health. When you are doing things you love, your body releases the happy hormones which encourages you to do it more. You might find that you love singing or enjoy playing an instrument. If this is the case, then why not look into doing it more. Try to find the time during your day for the things you love. For example, you could purchase a violin and take lessons to learn how to play. You could look at violins for sale and get your hands on a good-quality one.


Art therapy is extremely common for people who are suffering with mental health problems as it allows them to get their feelings out of their head and into the world. In some cases, expressing yourself with words doesn’t feel possible or powerful enough, so art is a great way to do this. You don’t have to show anyone what you are creating, as it can simply just be for you, but at least you’re letting it out.


Finally, you might want to consider taking up a new sport to help boost your mental health and gain the benefits that you need here. You might be wondering how sport can help you improve your mental health. Well, the bottom line here is that sports are a great way of working off the tension that you may have built up in your life. For instance, it’s possible that you feel completely overwhelmed at the end of the day. You might even be angry about work or issues in your personal life. Sports allow you to run this tension right off and relax a little more. This can also help you improve your sleeping habits too because you’ll be tired by the time your head hits the pillow at the end of the day.

There are lots of sports that you can consider and some provide additional benefits. For instance, you might want to try cold water swimming. Cold water swimming can be completed in a cold pool or a natural open water source like a river or lake. It depends on the places that are close to where you live. The bottom line is that research suggests that cold water swimming can improve your muscles while also leaving you feeling relaxed and energized.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the hobbies that can help your mental health. Really, any hobby that you enjoy can be beneficial to your mental health in some way, but these are some of the best as they offer an outlet for all of those emotions building up inside you.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct Examiner.com, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.

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