This article on hobbies for health has been submitted by Marie Cannon.
Have you (or anyone you know) ever survived a traumatic event or dealt with the pain of addiction? Many have. All around us each and every day, people are struggling to move forward with their lives after suffering a traumatic experience. Adding to the heartbreak, many of these same people are unfortunately also suffering from addiction after turning to alcohol, drugs, sex or gambling to numb their pain.
If you’ve found this article, I want you to know that there is hope for you. Even in your darkest hour, it is very possible to reclaim your life after addiction or trauma. Here are some tips for using healthy hobbies and fulfilling pastimes as a way to relieve trauma or recover from addiction:
Mental Health Benefits:
Research has shown that having hobbies can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Becoming engaged in hobbies such as yoga, knitting, crocheting, gardening, or art can naturally help improve your overall mood. With so many mental and emotional health benefits, hobbies can play a large role in fighting depression and improving an individual’s overall quality of life.
Mental Fitness Benefits:
In addition to the mental health benefits listed above, hobbies also have been shown to have various mental fitness benefits. Hobbies challenge your brain by helping you develop new skills. Recent research has indicated that hobbies can help Parkinson’s patients cope with their diagnosis, and may help prevent certain forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease This is especially true of hobbies that stimulate the mind and improve memory skills, such as crossword puzzles and Sudoku.
Having a hobby has been shown to assist in
recovering from traumatic events and coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD). Positive hobbies which reduce stress and promote relaxation - such as
swimming, yoga, or meditation - are specifically recommended
the US Department of Veterans Affairs for helping individuals recover from
traumatic events, including veterans who have survived war trauma or injuries.
Those who are living with permanent physical injuries as a result of their past traumas can seek out local YMCAs, veterans associations, and community centers. Many of these facilities offer affordable, modified group classes tailored to beginners or those with physical limitations. Best of all, many of these classes may be affordable - including occasional free or pay-what-you-can-afford classes.
Positive hobbies can also assist with addiction recovery by relieving boredom, reducing depression and anxiety, and helping those in recovery deal with occasional cravings or temptations. An extra benefit is that hobbies boost self-esteem by offering feelings of accomplishment while also providing plenty of opportunities for socializing with others who share similar interests. Yoga and meditation, knitting, crocheting, quilting, swimming, gardening, adventure sports, and volunteering for a good cause are just a handful of the diverse hobbies that can be enjoyed by those who are recovering from addiction.
As you can see, it’s never too late to start living a happy, fulfilled life. Although you may never truly “get over” the things that may have happened to you in your past, you can move forward with your life. The tips listed above can be beneficial to people of all ages and backgrounds. Hopefully, this gives you the hope you need in order to move forward.
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If you would like to find out more about the therapeutic effects of
knitting you might be interested to read this excellent book written by
Betsan Corkill who has carried out much research in this area.It is available from Amazon .co.uk