When you are living with a mental illness it can be hard to even focus on your phone screen, let alone take up Equestrian classes or go for a jog.
However, through own self-discovery I have noted that when I am being creative, or outside or even doing something lying down like reading – this makes my mind feel free. I am distracted, entertained, I feel like I’m working on something and therefore developing skills without it even feeling like school or college. My mind is free, just for an hour or so, of niggling negative thoughts.
Do something creative
Recently I tried baking. Now, I’m known in my family as the family member who should stay away from domestic activities, mainly because I once tried to serve my family vegan mouse which had been made with avocado – and tasted like avocado. (I appreciate the vegan creativity with food but I’m going to be trying vegan recipes with a little fear forecast from now on) However – recently I made a banana and chocolate loaf and it was completely EDIBLE.
Yes it looks like a gooey mess in the picture but I swear it tasted okay – my boyfriend tried a piece and didn’t suddenly fall over so I would say that’s a win.
Creativity doesn’t just happen in the kitchen – I have always been a fan of painting, again – I’m no Leonardo DiVinci (I had to google which Leo was which as I nearly wrote the wrong one), but it’s the fun of the painting, not the finished product that’s important (I keep telling myself that). It’s a chance to just escape your thoughts for a bit and get your feelings out on paper. I love bright colours – so I just randomly created something with a lot (too many) bright colours that I would like to look at. Is it going to win an award? No.
It was fun to have an hour or so just concentrating on something for the fun of it.
There are plenty of things that you can do inside if you prefer to stay indoors – jigsaw puzzles, kitting, crotchety – or you can use a computer and design something, I used to love paint software when I was younger.
Join a group
I will never shut up about how good it is to join a group where you have interests in common – it’s a space to go and chill and you all have a definite subject you can talk about! I can’t tell you how much I would love to create a knitting group called Bitches N Stitches (it would catch on) and start up my knitting again.
Even going for a walk with a group (see ECBC’s event page for our Walk and Talk event dates) or joining a local netball/football team – this can have such a positive impact on your mental health.
Hobbies and Interests are something that may seem small but have a massive impact on your day-to-day lives.
What do you like to do in your spare time? x