Stress and depression are a major problem today, bothering a considerable number of people the world over. What is interesting is that people do not understand just how effective a simple leisure activity can fix such problems without much hustle. For people of all ages, leisure time activities can help maintain mental wellness if well managed.
Mental wellness is an important part of your overall health and can impact your physical well-being. Participating in leisure and recreation activities can help you better manage stress and reduce depression. Leisure provides you the chance to find balance in your life; it also puts you in control of how you’re spending your time, which is an important consideration because you may feel overwhelmed by obligations.
Taking part in leisure activities as a family is also beneficial for your kids because you’re modeling healthy ways to handle stress and emotions. Participating in leisure activities regularly reduces depression; in fact, just thinking about past outdoor recreation experiences can improve mood, according to the 2005 California State Parks report.
This has significant implications for your mental health and, in turn, your physical health. In fact, 90 percent of respondents in a 2000 American Recreation Coalition study reported being satisfied with their health and fitness. In contrast, 60 percent of those who didn’t take part in such activity reported not being satisfied with their health and fitness.
Engaging in any leisure activity is an important aspect for the aging. This may sound as merely obvious, but its effects are far reaching; from the fun itself, staying happy and active to preventing chronic diseases and most importantly, slowing down aging. If there is anything elderly people can benefit from is a well spend leisure time.
Having hobbies and leisure activities are truly important to the Elderly. Not only are hobbies fun, but they can refresh the mind and body; assist one in staying healthy, active and happy. It is a proven fact that spending time doing the things that we enjoy can help delay signs of aging and the pleasure in participating can lead to positive feelings that can help fight against some illnesses.
Being active is great for the body in helping to enhance one’s immune system. As a report from Aging Home Health Care states, “Physical activity can help prevent or maintain control in some chronic illnesses such as: heart disease, diabetes arthritis, and even some types of cancer.” Physical activity done over a consistent period can also help in improve overall quality of life and assist in longevity.
Being more active during the day helps create a more restful night’s sleep. Just be sure to do more active hobbies earlier in the day so you can be sure to have enough time to wind down before bed.
Children are fond of play and the ‘good times’, from playing childish games and the sort, seems they just have plenty of time. Monitoring and managing leisure activities for your kids can be of much help, especially if you encourage them to take on constructive and potential activities. Think of sports, art and craft, music, name them and you have them, there are so many beneficial leisure activities for your kids out there.
Sports activities are usually a large part of leisure time for children. Typically, children join a youth sports team that interests them, like soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, flag football, or gymnastics. These sports activities not only teach kids a skill, they also teach kids how to work as a team toward a common goal.
Arts and crafts are a favorite go-to leisure activity to keep young children busy indoors, especially on a rainy day. Many parents help their children work on a specific art project, or they give art materials to their children, and let the kids get as creative as they wish.
When a child is inclined toward the performing arts, her parents will usually enroll her in a dance class, such as ballet, tap, jazz or hip-hop, or for music lessons for the clarinet, violin or piano. A child who starts a dance or music class an early age and excels at it may wish to continue, as she gets older. She might join a competitive dance team or the school band.
Make sure that your child’s leisure time does not consist entirely of structured activities. Send him to the backyard for a couple of hours with a sibling or with friends — and nothing else. You will be surprised at the imaginative games kids come up with on their own. Even when kids are stuck indoors, they will find plenty of opportunities for unstructured play, in which the kids have to come up with their own fun.