Productive hobbies that are beneficial for your mind
One of the most important ways of taking care of our minds is by engaging in productive hobbies or activities. During the pandemic, many people either started new hobbies or restarted old hobbies that they once had. On World Mental Health Day, here are five hobbies you can try out for your mind and well-being.
Start a podcast
Recently, there has been a significant rise in the popularity of podcasts. If you love interactions, you could start your own podcast where you discuss something you are passionate about. Once you find your niche, stick to it and start creating content on a regular basis. This could be a great medium for you to channel your energy into something that benefits others.
Brush up your culinary skills
Apart from being a hobby, cooking is an important survival skill that everyone should learn. Whether it is cooking different cuisines or baking a range of desserts, pick your favourite and start developing your culinary skills. You can find many easy recipes on YouTube or ask help from the elder members of your family. With all the extra time at hand, you can experiment with different flavours and create your own recipe journal.
Write a blog
You can start blogging to share your ideas with like-minded people. Begin by identifying what your blog would be about and start planning your content well in advance. Instead of starting with a website, use your social media platforms to create a community and boost engagement. Your blog would be a reflection of your personality and would act like a virtual diary where you add entries in an organised way.
Learn to play an instrument
This is probably something we have all wanted to do but could never find the time to start. There are many online lessons available and with practice, you would start getting more familiar with playing your instrument of choice. Try to set aside some time for these lessons every day. If it is an old hobby, you can also start recording your covers.
It is important to include at least one form of exercise in your daily routine. Yoga helps to calm your mind and leaves behind a meditative effect. As a beginner, try the simpler poses and stretches. Over time, progress to the harder asanas and control your breathing rate with the movement of your body.
Find a creative outlet
Everyone has a creative side, which is often suppressed under work load and other responsibilities. This is a good time to embrace your creative side and get back to doing things that make you happy. Be it painting or journaling, find a creative outlet to express your passion as art. You can start slow and become regular over time. Creativity also allows you to release your emotions and is capable of doing wonders for your mental health.
The author is a medical student who likes reading, scribbling, and blogging. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.