Monday, October 3, 2022

EDITORIAL: Creative hobbies positively impact mental health

Put your phone down and pick up a hobby. 

While it is harsh to say, getting a hobby benefits mental health, while social media is addictive. Using platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and especially TikTok, gives young adults an increased chance of developing anxiety and depression. 

The constant “scroll” through the platforms make users feel like they are witnessing a never ending cycle of content — one they feel they can never get out of. Social media feeds a sense of hopelessness that isn’t good for the growing brain.

According to Pew Research Center, “social media is especially popular among younger adults, as 86% of 18 to 29-year-olds are social media users.” With that said, more college age students use various platforms. More time spent on social media distracts them from daily tasks and creates stagnant mobility. 

Hobbies, however, make your brain start moving, even if it’s a simple task. Artistic expression, reading, journaling, exercise, music and many other activities allow for freer thought and less strain on the eyes. Hobbies allow you to unwind from a long day of thinking and studying. Why make your brain fill with anxieties when you can allow it to de-stress?

Although time on a cell phone may be a quick way to fill time, it shouldn’t be the only pastime in your life. Whether it’s trying something new or picking up something you used to enjoy, choose something to relax with. You will find yourself happier and healthier. 

Give your brain a break, find something meaningful to you and pursue it.

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