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01st Feb 2024

Having a ‘little hobby’ is good for your health, science says

Kat O'Connor

Looking to improve your life? A little hobby could be the way

If you’re looking to improve your well-being in 2024 then having a hobby to focus on is a step in the right direction.

A study has discovered that taking up a hobby, whether that’s journaling, meditating, or knitting, is good for your health.

According to researchers, hobbies have the power to “enhance multidimensional aspects’ of your mental health and well-being.

People who suffer from mental health issues such as depression can often benefit from focusing on hobbies they genuinely enjoy.

Engaging in activities that spark joy is a great way to boost your mood.

The study found that “engagement in hobbies such as nature-based activities and volunteering have shown protective associations with depressive symptoms.”

As someone who often suffers from low mood, as well as an anxiety disorder, I find that focusing on my hobbies helps distract me from things that are playing on my mind.

This is particularly true when it comes to reading as it completely takes you away from your current reality. Reading also has the power to reduce stress which is why it’s the perfect hobby for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed.

It’s also one of the most affordable hobbies a person can take up as you can take out books from your local library for free.

It’s important to find a hobby that suits you rather than one that is trending on TikTok. Pottery classes may not be your cup of tea, but swimming or hiking could be perfect for you. You may find joy in making jewellery or adore baking for your loved ones so just make sure your ‘little hobby’ is something that suits you.