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!
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. Our team want to increase understanding of the benefits of having hobbies on your mental health.
Benefits of Hobbies
Being able to take your mind off of work and other life stressors will help you reduce your stress. Also doing something you enjoy can help release happy hormones such as serotonin and dopamine.
Form connections with others
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. Having a hobby can increase social connections and improved mental wellbeing
Sense of achievement
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.
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.