“I was suffering from mild clinical depression and doctors advised me to take up a hobby. I did not listen to them initially but later decided to knit sweaters in my free time. Instead of watching soaps on TV I began to knit sweaters for a local orphanage. My hobby gave me immense satisfaction of helping other, channelized my energy and gave me a purpose in my life.”
Rachel- Teacher, Melbourne, Australia
Doing the same things over and over again is boring and is not helpful for people who are trying to overcome depression or a loss in their lives. Getting up in the morning and going to the same place each day can become tedious over a period of time and taking up a hobby will bring a refreshing change in your life.
Hobbies are something that may not give you money in return of investing your precious time but they will give you immense joy. If you have a piece of land in front of your house you can begin gardening. Growing colorful vegetables at home will give you creative satisfaction and a break from your routine.
You don’t have to invest a big amount to take up a hobby. You can take up inexpensive hobbies such as clay modeling or embroidery. Set up a time each day for this hobby and don’t think about anything else when you are making a pot or painting a flower on a frock.
If you don’t want to be alone you can join a hobby club where people collect to pursue a similar interest. A photography club is one such hobby wherein you can spend time with people who love to take long walks in nature and click pictures that interest them.
More options are available to people who want to spend some more time and money to bring some colors into their lives. Check out your local newspaper to see what is happening in the city and you can then join an activity that interests you. Hobbies can be pursued either alone or in a group. Either ways they will bring you out of your current state of depression and break the monotony of your life.