Simple activities such as gardening or mending a bicycle can protect mental health and help people to lead more fulfilled and productive lives, a panel of scientists has found.
The five suggestions are…
Developing relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours will enrich your life and bring you support.
How I plan to do this: Why bother those I know? I could easily connect with a complete stranger at the local park. I could sit down next to him and just ask questions: “Why is the sky blue?” “Why does being an adult suck 80 percent of the time?” “Why does the wind whistle and not scream?” That would cause a connection, right?
Sports, hobbies such as gardening or dancing, or just a daily stroll will make you feel good and maintain mobility and fitness.
How I plan to do this: Hey, I think walking around looking for trolls and hippies to club would be awesome! Imagine: fresh air, lots of cardio involved as I chase them down and bash ’em. The only thing missing would be the benefit of lifting weights, since trolls and hippies weigh so little, especially hippies. All that tofu makes them feather-weights.
Noting the beauty of everyday moments as well as the unusual and reflecting on them helps you to appreciate what matters to you.
How I plan to do this: Oh, that one is easy. I could reflect on how much fun clubbing the trolls and hippies were. I could also muse on the conversation with the complete stranger and how we connected. Hey, I could even just stare at pictures of Viggo Mortensen. He’s a beautiful, everyday moment…well, Aragorn is.
Fixing a bike, learning an instrument, cooking – the challenge and satisfaction brings fun and confidence.
How I plan to do this: Fix a bike? While I do intend to pick up my guitar again, I have to be practical, since I’m really busy right now. I could learn how to make a customized club for the troll and hippie bashing.
Helping friends and strangers links your happiness to a wider community and is very rewarding.
How I plan to do this: Helping? Doesn’t that require effort? Effort doesn’t make you sane! Why, taking from others and being selfish makes you sane, because it is all about you. You don’t have to worry about others. You see someone with something you want? Take it. You’re happy and you don’t have to stress being generous. Win, win.
How do you plan to stay sane?
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