Emotional First Aid Kit-Hobbies

Prepared by: Monica & Orena

Hobbies play a very important role in our lives. They occupy our minds when we are free and also make us happy. Hobbies are our escape from the real world that makes us forget our worries. Moreover, they make our lives interesting and enjoyable. If we look at it, all our hobbies are very useful for us. They teach us a lot of things about different stuff. They also help in expanding our knowledge.Hobbies help you  to relieve stress by keeping you engaged in something you enjoy. Hobbies give you a way to take your mind off the stresses of everyday life.

The best way to handle stress is through your hobby.

BENEFITS OF HOBBIES

  • Good for you physical
  • Helps your mental health and ward off depression
  • Improves your creativity and to explore talents
  • Reduces stress and promote eustress
  • Strengthens your relationship
  • Helps you grow spiritually
  • Break with a purpose
  • Offer challenges and help to learn to deal with them
  • Helps in staying present
  • Additional income
  • Improve your career
  • Enrich your perspective and build patience
  • Improve self confidence and self esteem
  • Improve your memory
  1. COOKING

No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing it.”- Julia Child

Cooking has always been a good hobby for people and part of relaxing and fun entertainment for some category of people. There is always something new to be learnt about cooking and it’s all about creativity and making a better taste of bland materials. Cooking is one of the most productive hobbies, and something everyone should consider trying their hand at. Cooking forces you to be in the moment, focusing entirely on the product and processes at hand. It also forces you to plan ahead.

Benefits of cooking

  • Balanced Eating
  • It connects you with other
  • Reduces Stress
  • Can Boost your Confidence
  • Makes you creative and learn new skills
  • It can get you socialize
  • Can get healthier food and reduce the reliance on highly processed foods
  • Brings your family together
  • Save money

Few recipes

  1. GARDENING

The love of gardening is a seed once sown, that never dies.” – Gertrude Jekyll

Gardening is an activity that’s good for both the mind and body, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Gardening decreases the chances of depression, lowers blood pressure and decreases cholesterol levels in blood. Gardening is also helpful when it comes to stress. It is a hobby that you should concentrate when you’re seeking relaxation and it would surely deliver just that.

 Benefits of Gardening

  • Makes you happier
  • Makes you Patient
  • Makes you Responsible
  • Reduces Stress
  • Provides nutritious food
  • Exposure to vitamin D
  • Decreased dementia risk
  • Tips of Gardening
  • Follow the sun
  • Stay close to water
  • Start with containers
  • Choose the right plants
  • Start with great soil
  1. PLAY GAMES

Life is more fun, if you play games”.- Roald Dahl

Playing games provides great entertainment and can also be a way of socialising with friends and fellow gamers. There are many websites online where you can play popular games for free, against yourself or another player. You will soon find out how much fun it is to create your own character, go on adventures and fight your opponents.

Board Games

Sports

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Baseball
  • Tennis
  1. KNITTING

Knitting is a truly unique and old fashioned hobby that is easy to learn. This hobby allows for you to be able to create just about anything out of a few knitting needles and plenty of yarn to do the job.

Benefits of Knitting

  • Reduces Stress
  • Develops motor skills
  • Prevents arthritis and tendinitis
  • Boosts your Confidence
  • Reduces loneliness
  1. WRITING

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe – Gustave Flaubert

Writing is one of the cheapest ways to have fun. From blogging to trying your hand on a book, there are lots of different ways to enjoy writing. Writing skills can improve your life, and make you a well-rounded, happier individual.

Benefits of Writing

  • Helps you to clear your mind
  • Brings back memories
  • Improves written and verbal skills
  • It is mental exercise
  • Helps you express yourself
  1. PHOTOGRAPHY

You don’t take photography, you make it”. – Ansel Adams

Photography is an amazing art form that portrays interesting stories, events, adventures, life stories, experiences, history and has been around for a very long time having great influence in human life and emotions. Photography freezes the moment and records real life happenings that can be cherished for a lifetime and beyond.Photography can have a positive effect on your life in many ways. It can relieve stress, give you a chance to get creative and teach you essential life skills.

Reasons Why Photography is a Great Hobby

  • Recording events and capturing memories
  • Stress Relieving
  • Socializing
  • Expressing yourself
  • Health and fitness
  • Creativity
  1. READING

“A little reading is all the therapy a person needs sometimes.”

Reading is a very good habit that one needs to develop in life. Good books can inform you, enlighten you and lead you in the right direction. There is no better companion than a good book. Reading is important because it is good for your overall well-being. Once you start reading, you experience a whole new world. When you start loving the habit of reading you eventually get addicted to it.

Reasons to Start reading

  • Helps you to relax
  • Can read anywhere and anytime
  • It is inexpensive
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves your knowledge
  • Improves your vocabulary
  • Improves your memory and concentration
  1. LEARN TO PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

Is is easy to play a musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself – Johann Sebastian Bach

When you learn to play an instrument, you develop a skill you can enjoy throughout the rest of your life. Unlike other hobbies, playing your instrument will never age you. It is a great investment in your hobbies over the long term.Playing an instrument can help you connect more deeply with certain of your favourite music types.

Benefits

  • Increases creativity
  • Stress relief
  • Makes you smarter
  • Builds your confidence
  • Improves your memory
  • Makes you more creative

 Instruments to consider

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Harmonica
  • Drums
  1. BIRD WATCHING

Bird watching is an exciting and healthy hobby, done alone or in the company of friends. Bird watching is an introduction to our natural environment. It’s easy to get started. Birds are very high up on the chain of maintaining a healthy balance in our ecosystems. Birds provide a beauty and movement of life that is vital to our own quality of life.

Reasons to be a Bird watcher

  • Can gain new friends
  • Promotes habitat conservation
  • Its economical
  • It’s a flexible pastime
  • It connects us with a nature

References:

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