One of the most effective ways to boost your mood is often to give your brain something to do that will take you out of the negative pattern it’s in. If it can give you a goal to shoot for and foster a sense of achievement too, then so much the better!
With that in mind, here are 3 hobbies that can definitely help to boost your mood:
Yoga can be a great mood booster because it combines the practice of meditation with the practice of moving your body – both of which are known to help alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. At various times in my life I’ve taken yoga classes in person and I’ve practiced with online support. Both work wonderfully!
Art therapy is a thing for a reason. Doing something creative lets you get your emotions out in an abstract way while keeping you busy in a mood-boosting flow state, It can also give you the sense of accomplishment you crave when the piece is done. The key is to focus on the process and enjoy being in the moment. You can paint, draw, sculpt, or get involved in crafts. Recently I’ve decided to try my hand at macrame.
This may seem like a strange suggestion in terms of boosting your mood, but actually spending some time outdoors getting physical and growing something from scratch can be great for your body and mind. I had always considered myself a bit of a “black thumb” but over this past winter I decided it was time to let go of that negative self talk. I got some instruction from my mom (who has the greenest thumb ever!) and I’ve kept a plant alive for months now.
Take a look at the following infographic if you want to see just how good gardening is as a hobby. As well as cutting your risk of dementia and helping you to destress, it can do a bunch of other stuff including helping you to get your daily dose of brain-boosting vitamin D.
Which of these stands out most to you? Are you a gardener, a yogi, an artist, or a little of all of them?
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.