Jun 30, 2017

Healthy Hobbies for a New You

While it may consume time, it is important to realize that spending some time on healthy hobbies could help you revitalize your physical, and of course, emotional health. It isn’t just for those who have time to do something else apart from work, but it is something that will do you good in the long run. Additionally, it is a great tool for diversion to most people who are particularly stressed over life thus helping them clear their minds and relax.

Whether or not you are doing some of these hobbies, make some time for fun and enjoyment - don’t put your health at risk, and instead live a healthy, happier life.

1) Cooking. While people may see cooking as a part of a daily routine, studies show that people could get a lot of healthy benefits from doing this as their hobby. It gives them the freedom to cook what they love, enjoy the results and of course, bond with the family. In fact, mental health specialists and therapists use this as a treatment to those who have mental and behavioral health conditions such as anxiety and depression. So if you love or have taken interest in cooking, why not try it? It could definitely help you relax, plus you get to eat and share the food you’ve always wanted!

2) Gardening. While most people would ignore gardening for a hobby - it may be time for you try it. Surprisingly, gardening has shown various benefits such as helping reduce stress, decrease the chances of osteoporosis, and particularly lessen the risk of stroke and heart disease!
What’s more to like about gardening? It’s the fruit of your labor: the gorgeous flowers, colorful, delicious fruits, and the green, leafy vegetables that you would certainly enjoy!

3) Owning a pet. Owning a pet may require a lot of effort and attention, but what it makes you feel will definitely convince you if you haven’t owned one. Plus, it has been found that owning a pet reduces the risk of anxiety, depression, stress - and of course, helps you keep fit and active all day!
4) Playing an instrument. Music serves as an outlet for most people. Making time to learn and play an instrument is significant for all the negatives and positives one can feel most especially, at a certain age, as it reduces the possibilities of suffering from depression and anxiety. Additionally, if you invest time on it, you get the privilege to enjoy the beauty and color that music can give you in your daily life.

5) Writing. Similar to playing an instrument, novel writing, poetry writing, blogging, and keeping a journal, serves as an outlet for self-expression. In fact, writing is the most common way to get rid of the negative feelings one can feel - and of course, cherish the positive ones as well.
Additionally, it can help you sleep soundly at night and form bonds with people who shares the same passion in writing as you.
6) Traveling. If you’re the kind of person who loves to try something new, then try traveling. Make time and plan a trip - being in the road and different places will help you relieve stress and enjoy life better. As experts would say, being at different places and adjusting to different cultures will help you be more open, and less vulnerable to stressors that you may have encountered most often in the past.

Key Takeaway
Diverting your focus into something you really love doing will most likely help you be more open and willing to embrace the complications in life - and if you find yourself in a rather boring or stressful situation, remember these hobbies that you can definitely turn to. Live free. 

Author Bio:
Laurel Santos may be a 24 year old adult but at her core she is just a little girl full of wonder. She lives in the city and works as a freelance photographer in the Philippines. She manages a small pet shop inside her village. She has a big heart for animals, especially stray dogs. She is an avid traveler because she believes that life is not lived within the borders of your own home.  Despite her busy schedule she always finds time to do one thing that she is very passionate about and that is writing.

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