Hobbies can have many healing powers when it comes to recovery and your overall good health. In fact, having a hobby as an adult has been linked with numerous health perks including increased self-confidence and reduced stress and depression.
A big part of a successful recovery is rediscovering sober fun and finding activities that provide a fulfilling, productive use of our free time. And the right hobby can do this and more.
Here are some activities that you may enjoy – and that can help give you the tools to fend off stress and depression, stay in the moment and focus on building a new sober life for yourself.
- Visual arts (photography, painting/drawing): The process of creating art can bring greater awareness of the beauty in your life and have a positive impact on your emotions.
- Writing: Writing has been linked to a number of mental and physical health benefits, including better memory, sleep and stress management.
- Playing or listening to music: Music has been found to boost the body’s immune system, lower levels of stress and anxiety and ease depression.
- Cooking: Not only can cooking teach you about the right foods to fuel your recovery, but the repetitive tasks inherent to prepping meals (washing, chopping measuring) can become meditative and teach you to stay in the present.
- Yoga: This ancient practice can do wonders for stress and anxiety by increasing the brain chemical Gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, which plays an important role in behavior, cognition and the body’s response to stress.
- Running: This is perhaps the best hobby for blowing off steam, managing depression and dealing with cravings. Running increases the production of the feel-good hormone dopamine as well as other neurochemicals that are vital to the recovery process.
- Gardening: Not only are you soaking up mood-boosting vitamin D, but gardening helps to slow the mind and remind you that you’re just one small part of the greater universe.
Healing at The Haven
Our Central Coast location is blessed with year-round sunshine, making it the perfect place to explore some outdoor hobbies as part of your recovery. To learn more about our location and programs, call today: 805-202-3440.