“Everyone needs a reason to get up in the morning, be it a job or walking the dog. That's what gets you going and the rest follows.”
Purposeful activity means different things for different people. It's something that gets you out of bed in the morning. It could be your work, learning a new skill, doing something outdoors, reading, or doing something musical or artistic. These activities are satisfying, make you feel like a contributor, build your sense of self-worth.
Spending time on an activity that you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing. In fact, people with hobbies may be less likely to experience stress, low mood, and depression.
Activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed. Group activities like team sports can improve your relationships with others.
Research shows that participating or viewing artistic activities can enhance your mental health and provide personal meaning.1 This could be anything from music, dance, expressive writing or visual arts.
Other studies show that feeling like your work is meaningful can be one of the key factors that influence your mental health. This comes from having something regular to do, connecting and working with others, and feeling good about contributing.2
Whatever your interests are, there is sure to be something out there for you. What matters is that it is an activity you find meaningful and enjoyable. It might take some time finding the right one for you. The important thing is to start.
What should I do now?
Just like your physical health, it’s easy for your wellbeing to get knocked off balance. When that happens, it’s important to know how to spot the signs and what to do.
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