Mental and emotional health is as important as physical health, and sometimes these determine our physical health and well-being as well.
The sad truth remains that in our modern world and the society we live in, where there is a large amount of undue pressure that we are subjected to, we often put ourselves under a lot of pressure as well- rather inflict ourselves to pain and go through strenuous times and hardships, without letting anyone know about how we really feel, what our mental state is.
We stop caring about our emotional well-being, and sometimes it seems like we are the ones who are being unreasonably cruel to ourselves for the sake of what is considered to be a success in the mainstream society. In order to live up to these unreasonable standards of success, we forget to love ourselves, and we forget to live life to the fullest. All we ever do is strive for this standard of success, fooled into this illusion that it will give us happiness.
The universal truth remains that working hard, achieving personal and professional milestones will never make us feel showered with the amount of happiness or joy we feel we deserve. Money cannot buy joy or happiness, it can only offer us a limited amount of satisfaction for a limited amount of time, that too at a huge cost.
It is important that we do not let this materialistic world get into our heads, if that happens then we are certainly going through a process of downfall. Our physical and mental health both will get impacted in a negative way and we do not want any detriment to these aspects of our lives if we truly want to survive and succeed. In order to boost our mental health, and consequently our physical health, it is important that we gain some perspective and indulge in certain hobbies and activities that will enable us to do so successfully.
Below mentioned are few hobbies that will help to positively boost up your mental health, making you a happier and cheerful person than you were before, and make you live life the way you want to:
1. Never stop reading
By reading, I do not merely refer to the academic textbooks here, but books by different authors which belong to different genres. Do not stick to reading only one genre, which would make your personality boring and monotonous. If you read up on different topics, you can actually learn a great deal about the way the world works, and consequently become an interesting person who can strike a random conversation with anyone they want to, about anything.
2. Pick up the chessboard
Chess can be a great mind-booster, even if you are a novice, it can be a great pastime and a way to improve your problem-solving and analytical skills.
3. Hangout with friends more
Very often, the reason our life becomes boring and monotonous is that we stick to our work schedule and actually forget to interact with our friends on a regular basis.
4. Playing a musical instrument
Even if you are someone with a very hectic lifestyle, try to pick up any random musical instrument, playing any musical instrument has been actually proven to boost our IQs by a certain degree. Moreover, you will be able to acquire a new skill!
5. Practicing meditation
Regular meditation has proven to reduce our stress levels to a great extent, and this practice is helpful to us on various levels.
While it is a proven fact that exercising and performing yoga is very helpful for your physical and mental growth, it is also to be kept in mind that exercising helps release important neurotransmitters which make us appear more agile and alert.
7. Listening to music
Music genre varies according to different moods and situations of an individual, and while most people have certain chosen genres when it comes to music, it has been said that the tunes help to boost our mental health in a great way.
8. Keep a pet for yourself
Having a pet with whom you can interact constantly at home, is a great mood lifter.
9. Start dancing and grooving to the beats
No, you don’t have to be Michael Jackson in order to dance, you could just try out some basic dance moves and re-energize yourself.
The growing new life in your garden certainly gives you a wholesome, fulfilling feeling.
11. Celebrating cinema
Watch out for what’s new in theatres, or maybe spend the weekend at home watching an old flick in your laptop. You will have a gala time doing so, either way.
12. Joining the gym
Working out certainly helps to boost your self-esteem and uplifts your self-image in a great way.
13. Taking up a new sport
Try out your hand in a golf club, or maybe at a nearby badminton court, whichever is available for you.
14. Joining a club
Join a book club or any other club with common interests. You will get to meet a lot of new people as well and have great starts to conversations.
15. Learning something new at a new course
Pick up a new skill, hone yourself to become a better version of yourself each day.