Beyond Medication: How Hobbies Can Improve Your Mental Health


This time, I would like to introduce the strongest mental improvement method that can increase the chances of recovering from depression.

There is a fact that improving from depression is difficult. According to a survey of the re-employment rate, which measures the probability of people who quit their jobs due to mental health problems returning to work, it is only about 20%.
Although taking medication can alleviate symptoms, it is much more difficult to return to work properly than imagined.

For depression, it is common to take a strategy of combining medication to suppress symptoms with, for example, exercise therapy or dietary therapy to improve one’s lifestyle.

This time, I would like to introduce a way to achieve stable mental health through non-medical means for those who are suffering from depression, those who are prone to mental instability, or those who are susceptible to anxiety.

Power of having hobby

The mental improvement method that I am going to introduce this time is having hobbies.

Having hobbies plays a very important role in stabilizing mental health, as demonstrated by research conducted at the University of London. If you want to improve your mental health, you should have your own hobbies. Furthermore, today’s conclusion is that you should regularly add new hobbies.

The University of London study gathered 8,782 adults over the age of 50 and investigated the relationship between the level of commitment to hobbies and depressive symptoms in later life in 2004-2005 and 2016-2017.

In other words, the study investigated how much time was spent on hobbies and how many new hobbies were created, and collected data on how likely the person was to experience depression in their later years.

The conclusion of the results was that having hobbies significantly reduced the likelihood of experiencing depression. Specifically, it was found that having hobbies reduced the probability of experiencing depression by as much as 30%. In other words, if you start a new hobby, your chances of developing depression in the future will decrease by 30%.

Additionally, as I mentioned earlier, it is important to keep adding new hobbies. In the second conclusion of this study, it was found that starting a new hobby reduced the level of depressive symptoms by 32%. Therefore, it is important to not only think that you are okay because you already have hobbies, but also to keep trying new hobbies.

By the way, interesting data has also been revealed in this study.

In a study conducted on individuals who already showed signs of depression at the start of the research and had no hobbies at the time, it was found that those who developed a new hobby were 3.7 times more likely to recover from depression.

Therefore, it is important to understand that in addition to medication, various forms of therapy such as diet and exercise therapy, and having a hobby can have a significant positive effect on treating depression.

Even individuals who currently have stable mental health can benefit from having a hobby as it can help maintain mental stability in the future.

Starting a new hobby may require some investment and/or a certain trigger, but it is worth considering it as an investment for your future well-being.
Why not start something new today?