You may ask us on how to improve your mental health. Well, this is our answer.
Staying locked up for a long time can cause some harm to our well being. Since the coronavirus crisis started, a lot of us were forced to stay home. Those who aren’t used to being holed up in one place for a while are starting to feel restless. Sadly, the whole lockdown situation is starting to take its toll.
To help ease the effects of cabin fever and to improve your mental health, here are some activities and hobbies you can try.
Join an online book club.
Reading in itself is an excellent hobby. But not everyone can get into it—most complain about books not having any pictures in them. However, reading does not only refer to novels. If pictures are all you need to enjoy reading, you can always read graphic novels and comics. If comics and graphic novels still don’t work, you should try joining a book club.
Book clubs promote a sense of unity between members. It also provides intellectual stimulation, which is one of the ways to improve your mental health. Book clubs encourage their members to discuss what they think about the assigned book for the week or month. This encourages self-expression and the formation of new connections.
Get into writing poetry.
Just like reading, writing is among the significant hobbies you can choose to engage in. If you choose to start writing as a hobby, consider writing poetry. Finding ways to articulate your thoughts into words and carefully metered sentences can help you improve your cognitive function. It also helps improve your vocabulary. Aside from these, poetry can also promote emotional healing as writing is also considered as a form of therapy. So, if you’re currently suffering through some emotional pain (because of a bad breakup, maybe?) writing poetry might just be the thing you need.
Need to clear your head after a stressful day? Cooking is an activity that can help you get rid of all that stress by diverting your attention to something else. After all, thinking about how much salt you need is way easier than trying to resolve an unbalanced accounting sheet. Cooking also promotes creativity and encourages you to think outside of the box.
Cultivate an herb garden.
You may ask yourself, “Why go through all the trouble to grow them when I can just buy them?” True. What’s the point of soiling your hands when you can just run to the supermarket to get some basil? But like everything else on this list, there’s more to gardening than meets the eye. Honestly, gardening is not the cleanest hobby, but it has a lot of benefits. Just like cooking, gardening can help you clear your mind by diverting your thoughts. Aside from that, growing your very own herb garden means you can have all the fresh herbs you need for cooking. (Tip: Engaging in this hobby works well if you love to cook.)
Hobbies and activities can help people cope with stress and anxiety, and we need them now more than ever. Aside from that, they provide fun and also help develop certain skills and in the long run, improves your life.