Hobbies and Mental Health Benefits

how hobbies help mental health

We all know that life can get in the way of pleasure, taking time to experience people and places is a crucial part of mental health. While the world continues to move around you, it’s good to stop and look at ways to manage your stress with healthy hobbies. There is something out there for everyone to enjoy. Here is how finding activities and scheduling them into your day can boost your mood.

Stress Relief

As humans, we all encounter different levels of stress. While stress is a necessary part of our instinct to survive, there is an unhealthy threshold. Finding a hobby can not only take your mind off of life stressors but also change brain chemistry in the process. Most notably, physical leisure activities have been shown to lower levels of cortisol in the brain. Cortisol is a neurochemical linked to the stress response. Physical activity plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy amount. Furthermore, active hobbies can lower blood pressure and lead to better physical health. In a world consumed by appearance, feeling better about your body will maintain a healthier mind. 

Help Structure Time

The world seems to constantly move at a more rapid rate. Work, family, bills can take up most of our days. It may seem like there is no time for leisure, adding it to your day can actually make you more productive. If you schedule a specific time for a hobby, you are more likely to get the obligations of your day done faster. By creating an efficient work environment while having something fun to look forward to can boost productivity. In the end, you can be more productive and leave time for enjoyment with a less stressed mind state. 

Social Outlet

Human interaction is a needed part of our existence, finding it at work or running errands can be difficult. Hobbies that involve other people will give you the chance to let your guard down and enjoy the company of people around you. Whether it’s golf or a bowling league, book club or fly fishing. There are outlets to share with friends and are a great way to make new friends. Continuing to grow and create relationships in an environment away from life stressors should be part of a joyful existence. 


If you or a loved one is struggling with a mood disorder and looking for a medical option to coincide with healthy hobbies. Check out Ketamine SLC, a clinic that can help. Call 385-474-6946 for more information and schedule a free consultation to find out if ketamine therapy is right for you.

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