If you’re struggling with anxiety or /and depression, it might help to know that you are not alone. These common mental debilitating conditions are still on the rise, and to face them, we must remain proactive and purposeful. In addition to standard medical treatments such as exercise, medication or talk therapy, medical specialists advise people dealing with anxiety and depression to spend more time in meaningful activities and attempt to build some skills, talents and strengths.

With the seeming widespread mental health problems in our society, scientists from everywhere have stressed the importance of hobbies and how these relaxing activities relieve issues such as depression and anxiety. Hobbies are something you either pursue in a group or alone. For some can be a great way to disconnect from the bustle of everyday life, calm the mind and free away from obligations. However, no matter which creative activity you decide to implement in your lifestyle, keeping your brain busy is vital for decreasing anxiety and depression symptoms.

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 Gardening

Creativity is an amazing process. Being original is also amazing because it creates divergence. Divergence opens new possibilities, allowing to be extraordinary and stand out from the crowd and encourage others with a spellbinding display of beauty and purpose. We can find creativity in anything regardless of which activity sparks our interest the most.

A great example of meaningful activity that can improve one’s life is gardening. Numerous studies have found gardening and horticultural therapy can reduce debilitating symptoms of anxiety and depression, interrupt harmful rumination and improve attention. Gardening is an enjoyable, free and meaningful activity you can try alone or with someone important. Being involved in the process of gardening improves your focus and stops you from worrying. In case you don’t have a garden, you can always get involved in a local garden community, improve your gardening skills, your mood and get in touch with more passionate gardeners. Another great thing about gardening is that you’ll spend most of your time outdoors which is amazing for your physical health.

Crafting

Hobbies come with a plethora of mental and physical health benefits for both young and old people. For older adults, being involved in meaningful activities can build an excellent mental, physical, emotional and relational health which is the key to overall well-being into your 70s and further.

We know that when you often feel depressed it can be difficult to get motivated. However, starting a small and approachable project can be an efficient way to get your mojo back. No matter what you choose to craft this month, year or week, there is something about this activity that revives the human spirit. Ever wished to wear something diligently and passionately crafted by you? Get yourself a small project, gather some tools, cheap ribbons, favourite textiles and belts, and get crafty.

Most probably there’s something you’ve always wanted to try but you never had enough will to pursue it. With hundreds of crafts you can try, tools and information within your reach won’t be impossible to find projects on your taste. Doing something creative to express yourself provides a sense of purpose and maintains balance in your life. More studies have shown that if you struggle with a lost sense of identity or low self-esteem, being creative can dramatically improve your overall well-being.

Photography

Photography provides a soothing effect and is an ideal activity for those who love to wander around and capture various life frames. Photography is a great way to lift your mood. Just by simply looking through the lens of your camera makes you view the world in a whole different perspective. Simply put, you’ll soon start to look for aesthetics that might work for your mood. Whenever you feel disconnected from yourself and negative, then it’s worth giving photography a try.

In a recent survey, participants of an Arts on Prescription’s project reported that photography increases their wellbeing with 76%, decreases depression with 73% and anxiety with 71%. Getting involved in a creative activity is a sure way to remind yourself of the good times and improve your self-esteem. Don’t hesitate to make your own gallery or blog and give yourself a chance in the alluring world of photography. Sharing your artistic expression could also help others with anxiety and depression.

Music

Music is nevertheless, one of the greatest tools in fighting depression and anxiety. Music is the oldest form of expression, in which people have successfully channelled their emotions. The abundance of musical instruments and genres provide people with new meaning.

We feel uplifted when our favourite song comes on the radio because its tones and harmony speak to our souls. No matter if you’re just listening or planning to make your own band and channel your shadow into something creative, productive and calming, music is a therapy for everyone.

Hiking

Besides the fact that you’re constantly connected with nature, hiking is a fantastic form of exercise that provides a wide range of benefits for your mental and physical health. Hiking is something that most people overlook. They’ve been too long disconnected by nature which makes it something trivial from their point of view. But having hiking as a hobby mitigates the effect of anxiety and depression besides the fact that it’s an accessible treatment for most people.

Hiking gets better when you’re with a group of friends, perfectly surrounded by green beauty and fresh air. For many, hiking is a great way to lose weight while simultaneously building your muscle strength and flexibility. Thus, if you’re looking for affordable ways to get fit and feel great make sure you give this amazing activity a chance.

Whenever you’re finding yourself mentally stuck, try to make some note on how you feel, reasons why you feel that way and what could work for you. When you’re planning goals habits and hobbies your brain will focus on getting well part instead of ruminating negative feelings