There are many ways to incorporate your hobbies to promote your own mental health such as painting, knitting, or even dancing.
These activities can work quite well for artistic people, but there are also other expressive ways that can help when you are feeling down. One of these is writing therapy, and its psychological effects have been widely recognised.
This form of therapy was developed by James Pennebaker in the late 80s. Since then there has been much research that has revealed how beneficial it is: ranging from improving symptoms of those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis; as well as helping with recovery from childhood sexual abuse and postpartum depression.
It has also been proven to improve the state of mind for those with Parkinson’s, cancer and other health conditions.
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