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Last month I received an email from Maria of Hobby Jr. asking if she could share a post on the benefits of why hobbies are great for mental health, and of course, I jumped at the chance to have her share here. She went on to say as someone who has dealt with depression and anxiety, she has found that having a hobby – hers being quilting, sewing and knitting – that it can be the perfect prescription for boosting mental health, not to mention that it challenges the brain.
I can relate 100% with her. When I am stressed or having a bad day, I make sure I make time to stop and crochet because it is my binky if you will. It instantly relaxes me, and relieves any anxiety I have. In fact, I will often take my yarn with me to work, get to work earlier just to have a few minutes of crocheting before work, and also spend part of my lunch break working on something. Though I do love my job, crocheting is what releases my stress and worries, and makes my day a whole lot better and smoother.
Maria goes on to say, “In general, no matter how old you are, hobbies can reduce stress, improve mood, offer feelings of accomplishment, and provide opportunities for socializing. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes the benefits of hobbies.” Hobby Jr., though still in it’s infancy, is a place for resources, DIY tutorial finds and other hobby related content. Please take a moment to visit Maria, and read this awesome article about The Importance of Hobbies for Seniors! Many things all of us can relate to.
Seniors often start to feel isolated when they get older and perhaps less independent, but hobbies often can counteract those feelings. There are many different types of hobbies that seniors can embrace, and the benefits to their mental and emotional health are significant. From reducing stress to boosting brain power and providing opportunities for socializing, finding a fun hobby can be a key strategy for improving a senior’s quality of life in their later years.
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