Finding Healthy Hobbies
- Movement: going for a walk can move the stagnant energy around the body and help release chemicals called endorphins to make us physically feel better which can dramatically impact our mental health in positive ways.
- Phone a Friend: calling someone you trust can be an outlet to work through the things you are feeling and experiencing, so you aren't sitting in isolation stewing over thoughts and feelings that are negatively affecting you.
- Art: Coloring, drawing, painting, sculpting, or any art form can help you express your energy and emotions in a way that may not feel therapeutic but can shift your negative energy outwards.
- Cook/bake: put your energy to good use. Try a new recipe and focus your mind on creating in a way that is healthy and meaningful. Plus, you get to eat the final product!
- Book/TV/Movie: while escapism isn't always healthy, reading, watching a funny movie, or binging a TV show can help us feel safe again and connected to the world around us. Pick up an old favorite to help calm the nerves and ease the mind.
- Meditate: It may seem silly and simple, but breathing can go a long way when it comes to moving past difficult moments. Start by focusing on your breath, taking longer and longer breaths in then out. Focused breathing, for even a few minutes a day, can shift our mood and energy.
- Shower/Bath: rinsing the day away can give you a bit of privacy to let out your feelings and literally rinse those negative emotions away. The warm water can soothe. The sound of the running water can calm.
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