Many of us find ourselves with more time these days. It can be easy to get in a quarantine slump, relying on Netflix, Annie’s Mac n’ Cheese, and sweat pants. Finding a hobby or something to keep you active and engaged is so important for your mental health so you can take full advantage of this time at home. Lots of research has shown that having a hobby boosts your mental health. Whether it be knitting, painting, playing an instrument, or something else, find what you enjoy and reap the benefits. Having a hobby has been shown to boost creativity and self-image and lower stress. It is also a great way to connect with others who have similar interests.
One thing is for certain, these are stressful times, and having something to distress and relax has never been more important. Now is the perfect time to invest in yourself and take a break from your daily routine to pick up a hobby.
By Grace Stott, UNH Masters Student and UVAC Nutrition Intern