How pursuing a hobby can make you a feel better
Pursuing a hobby can have many benefits and increase our feeling of wellbeing and overall mental health.
It may seem hard or unneccessary to keep up that passion project when you are getting no financial or physical gain, afterall you work long hours and then spend your free time working on something else.
Gauging the balance on whether you should keep it going or just take some time for yourself all comes down to if the pros outwieght the cons. It is important your hobby isn't just viewed as a frivolous time consumer but rather considered for what it is, a fulfilling purpose in life. Here is how pursuing a hobby can benefit your mental health.
Life is chaotic, hectic and, sometimes, just downright uncontrollable. We know we have to take what is thrown at us sometimes but a hobby returns that tiny bit of power. By having this one thing that is solely yours you are answerable to no one but yourself with no deadlines, overheads or chain of command to worry about. If creating, building or crafting, that creation is yours to shift in any direction you choose, to be manipulated by your hands and your hands only. Your are ruler of this domain and none shall touch it, now go forth and stucture your empires and bring them to fruition!
Most of us are aware of that tiny, warm sensation we get upon completing a task, no matter how small it is (unless you're one of those people who just doesn't ever finish anything). Now imagine seeing something you created in your mind and followed through on, all coming together and becoming a complete and tangible...thing! It is so much more rewarding to see something from a place of genuine motivation enter the world under your guidance but it is not just this final gratification that it grants you but rather a whole journey where you have overcome challenges and had the joy of seeing where it is going as it is slowly pieced together.
Working for the system can feel incredibly empty and tiring at times, especially if you're in it just to pay the bills. By having something of your own that you are passionate about it can provide that impetus to get out of bed in the morning and just keep going. By finding something that engages you so much that you lose track of time, life somehow has more meaning all from your craft, creation or project. It all comes from the sensibility that we need purpose and this is met when we find that one thing we love. By meeting that desire to bring something to the world, no matter how inconsequential it may appear, it helps us better understand why we are needed and what we can offer to ourselves and others.