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PEDESTRIAN.TV has partnered with Queensland Health to help you improve your mental well-being.

As the world slowly returns to a certain level of normalcy, who can forget that a good chunk of 2020 has been spent inside. Some may have used that time to browse their Netflix lineups, while others embarked on a healthy journey of self-improvement and took on a million hobbies (read: learned how to leaven from scratch) and reaped the mental wellness benefits of learning something New.

JJust because we’re back in the afterlife doesn’t mean we have to let go of all the hobbies we acquired while in lockdown. In fact, we should make it our mission to keep improving and learning new skills for the rest of this year (and all of eternity while we’re at it).

When it comes to how many hobbies you can acquire, the limit literally doesn’t exist. There is always more room in your brain to learn new skills, and there are endless benefits to doing so. Lifelong learning is not only great for your mental well-being, but can help refresh old and unnecessary thought patterns, thereby improving our ability to make decisions and solve problems.

If you’re looking to keep on the personal development train, we’ve rounded up 8 healthy hobbies to add to your hit list – we promise they’ll be fun.

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Tender ear

Podcasts have struck the perfect balance between books and television, yet being neither. You can listen to them in bed, in the bath or on a walk and it’s the perfect way to entertain and educate on the go.

Lucky for us, people seem to love doing them as much as we love listening to them, so there is no shortage of bangers to provide endless entertainment. Whether you’re looking for soulful music, sleepy stories, or a history lesson, there’s something for all types of listeners. If you’ve promised to practice mindfulness but never seem to find the time, a little poddy episode a day is perfect. The conscious gender by Rachael Kable is the top rated mindfulness podcast, packed with useful information on topics such as managing stress at work, dealing with decision-making anxiety and positive activities to start your day. . Bypass it el pronto and start prioritizing your mental well-being.

Getting your hands dirty

Most of us probably don’t realize it, but you don’t have to be an artist to make awesome art. The best part of creativity is the actual process, not the end result. Getting your hands dirty and laughing along the way is a great way to de-stress and relax – plus you might even have something to hang over the fireplace at the end. There are so many ways to get arty and crafty at the same time, from making origami to paint by number and pottery – it’s just a matter of finding the right medium that speaks to you. It takes a bit of trial and error, but you’ll learn a lot about yourself in the process.

Rachael Sarra is an incredible Indigenous artist and designer who understands the transformative power of art. In fact, she supports him so strongly that she has partnered with Queensland Health for their mental wellness campaign, Dear Mind. Reflecting on what her artistic creativity has done for her, she said “Art has played a vital role in maintaining healthy well-being. He is able to give me a voice when I don’t have the words to express what I’m feeling. This process allows me to process what I am feeling in a way that is always comfortable.

And, when it comes to getting started, Rachael says the best thing you can do is start without giving it much thought. “Enter and get started. Explore an art store and ask questions about the products or tools that set you apart. Many art stores also offer casual classes throughout the week. A lot of artists have found their niche by experimenting and making mistakes, ”she said.

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Pay attention

Mindfulness is huge right now – and for good reason. It’s about training your mind to focus on the present moment and it’s an amazing addition to your self-care routine. The range of benefits is extremely wide, but includes reducing stress, managing depression and anxiety, improving attention, and stimulating creativity. Are you ready to register?

If you’re looking to make mindfulness your new hobby but aren’t sure where to start, the App Store is actually a great place. Here you can download hundreds of apps that will help you integrate daily mindfulness practice. A few choices include Aura, Calm, and Coloring Book for Me. You will need to continue for at least five to ten minutes a day for a few weeks, but once you feel the benefits, you won’t be able to go back.

Bend your brain with a puzzle

By definition, hobbies are things you do for fun, and what greater pleasure is there in this life than conquering a seemingly impossible puzzle? There is no shortage of puzzles to train your brain and improve your abstract reasoning. Plus, it’s a great way to pass the time if you have a few minutes to spare here or there or a few dedicated hours.

If you like to torture yourself, you can even get one of these rainbow or black puzzles. It will keep you busy for days or even weeks, and you will almost certainly be a better person by the end of it. Plus, if you want to spend more time with your family or host a roommate bonding session, nothing will get you closer than the satisfaction of a jointly constructed puzzle, trust me.

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Take your baking apron

Last year, you probably noticed that thousands of people choose to cook to pass the time. Why? It’s fun, educational, and you get a delicious treat at the end of it – a triple win.

Whether you are making homemade sourdough, focaccia, or delicious banana bread, baking your bread is an incredibly rewarding activity and has in fact been described as “meditation in disguise”. Yes, it’s really therapeutic to do something with your hands and take a break from the stress of life.

Once you’ve prepared something a few times and perfected the flavor, texture, and appearance, you are sure to feel satisfied with all kinds. Make sure you enjoy your creation once it’s fresh out of the oven, you deserve it.

Have a stitch

Last year everyone really took to sewing as another way to pass their time and we honestly still support it. When the world gets a little too much, sthe itch reminds us of a simpler time when you could just sit and do magic with colored yarn.

There are a million and one tutorials online that will show you how to use a needle and thread. It sounds a lot harder than it actually is, but it’s like riding a bike – once you know how it’s done, it’s pretty hard to forget. Once you have the logistics in place, you can either sew your mom a lovely pillow cover or make your ex’s voodoo doll – the sky is the limit really. Plus, it’s one of those everlasting skills that always come in handy, especially when that pesky pimple falls off your favorite coat again. We may be living in the 21st century, but it is a skill that is not going anywhere, now is the time to look into it.

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Get sweaty

Exercise has many more benefits than getting in shape. It’s as good for our mental well-being as it is for our physical health, so squirming in one way or another is a great all-around hobby.

Studies have shown that doing 30 minutes (or more) of exercise a day for 3 to 5 days a week causes our body to release beneficial endorphins and can distract us from our worries. If you don’t feel like hammering the curb with an energizing walk or 10k run, slower activities like yoga and Pilates are just as effective.

Flirt to speak fluently

While international travel is currently irrelevant, there has never been a better time to get comfortable and learn a language. If you are wondering why it is beneficial to speak a different dialect, the benefits of multilingualism include increased brain power, improved memory, and improved decision making. If you are marked by your 8th grade French exam, don’t worry. It can take as little as 15 minutes a day to learn a new language. Applications like Hubbub and Duolingo are a great place to start, you’ll be bilingual before you know it.

When international travel reopens and you travel the world, you will speak like a real local – ssuper useful when you are lost or need to locate the best croissant in Paris.

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