With everyone, there are multifarious ways that quotidian things in our lives can be affected by mental health, such as our hobbies. On the one hand, people may feel an increased need to occupy their mind and keep busy, in order to avoid feeling the effect of their mental illness. On the other hand, people’s engagement with hobbies can deteriorate simultaneous to their mental health.
For example, especially with depression, it can be extremely common for people to quickly lose interest in things that they previously enjoyed; the self-critical mindset accompanying depression can result in many people believing that they no longer deserve to enjoy life and experience joy – this isn’t true! In fact, it’s vital to try and maintain hobbies even if you lack the mental energy to engage in them, because even if it doesn’t relieve the negative thoughts, engaging in something you enjoy can relax your mind and provide a temporary sense of purpose within your day. Artistic hobbies such as art, writing and even doodling are some of the most important hobbies to maintain, because releasing your pent-up emotions through a more creative mindset can truly help to improve your mood. Other things that people can lose interest in: going outside, commonly due to anxiety; maintaining regular eating habits; maintaining physical health; work and education, amongst other things.
All of these are examples of how bad mental health can affect our lives, but the enjoyment of all these things is the reason why we should all try to keep encouraging ourselves and each other to maintain hobbies and hold on to the little things in life that can sprinkle a bit of joy in our day.
No matter what thoughts your mental illness tries to poison you with, you deserve to be happy. You deserve to experience the world around you. You deserve to enjoy your life!