Reading is a great hobby, especially before bed instead of looking at your phone or Netflix. I love getting grabbed into a book, but what I love even more are ‘self-help’ books. Yes, some of them are cringe-worthy and complete b*llshit (not naming names). Others are funny, heartwarming and life-changing. It’s like having a therapist with you at all times. Don’t be shy to read ‘Chicken Soup for The Soul’ on the bus, no shame.
My picks – ‘I thought it was just me’ by Brene Brown, ‘How to stop worrying and start living’ by Dale Carnegie and ‘Cringeworthy’ by Melissa Dahl.
No-one has to be the next Picasso to pick up a paintbrush or pencil, it’s all subjective and fun. Painting can be exceptionally therapeutic (there’s a reason there’s ‘art therapy’) and also rewarding. There are many options to try; oils, acrylics, charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolour and more. Get a pad of paper or canvas and just paint away. If you’re really stuck follow some videos or books, but the best thing to do is just try. I tried fashion illustration for a while, it was a lot of fun.
If you can’t put down your phone and need a stream of entertainment (no judgment, I feel you), podcasts are a good option. The podcast app gives you access to a library of free podcasts from comedy to educational. Listen to on the bus, walking somewhere or at night, it is an easy activity to do instead of mindless scrolling.