Having a hobby is not just a great way to pass the days or enjoy quality ‘me-time’, it is also important for your wellbeing and mental health.


And whether you enjoy knitting, chess, playing tennis or badminton, there are a number of benefits to having a pastime.


1. Relieves stress

Obviously your hobby is going to be something that you truly enjoy, so it will provide a welcome distraction from your every day stresses. You are also more likely to experience a sense of gratification and fulfillment at the end of the day or week.


2. Reduces depression

As well as reducing your every day stresses, a hobby can help to lower your chance of experiencing depression. Depending on what you do, your pastime can help to reduce feelings of loneliness and fatigue and promote creativity, stimulate your mind and promote the feel-good hormone in your body. 


3. Gives social support

Life can get too much for all of us at one point or another but through our hobbies we can develop a strong support network and connect with people who have similar interests.


4. Challenges you

Your hobby will take you away from domestic duties, break up a routine, and challenge you daily or weekly. And while you will feel stressed, it will be a good kind of stress that will get the blood pumping and stimulate feelings of adrenaline.