Did you know that hobbies and the activities you do have a major impact on your mental health? Studies have shown that having a hobby and help boost your mental wellbeing! In our day to day lives hobbies are important, but hobbies are very important during lockdown!
Whether it be something creative, physical or relaxing, there are major mental health benefits to having a hobby. Our Director Jodie Brenton alongside our principal psychologist Mary Magalotti and our Life Resolutions team work towards improving the mental health of all Australians, especially in times of lockdown.
How Hobbies Improve Your Mental Health
Taking your mind off of work and the current lockdown will help you reduce your stress and worries. Also doing something you enjoy can help release happy hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. This can also help break-up the days in lockdown
Many hobbies have a community around them. Whether it be reading to bushwalking to baking, there are clubs, groups and online communities that can help people connect. Those who lack social connections are more likely to suffer from mental illness and emotional distress. During lockdown many connections are made via sharing hobbies on social media!
Sense of achievement
Lockdown make it difficult to feel like you have achieved anything. However, hobbies can help you feel like you are making progress in an area of your life. Additionally, a hobby can provide structure in life which can help improve your mental wellbeing. Having set times to complete activities can help you reduce worry or overwork yourself.
During lockdown hobbies are important to your mental well-being. Mary Magalotti and our team of psychologists recommend having hobbies in addition to seeking professional mental healthcare. While Jodie Brenton upholds the value of making mental healthcare available to all Australians.