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Practicing a hobby can be a beneficial part of your self-care routine.

Activities like gardening, hiking, canning food or gentle martial arts get you moving and help you have a good time. And hobbies that challenge or focus your mind — think crafting, doing puzzles or listening to music — can have big mental and emotional benefits.

Taking part in activities with a social component further boosts the positive effects of doing something you love. That’s why Geisinger’s 65 Forward Health Centers offer social activities like crafting, game nights and group fitness classes. And Geisinger Health Plan fields a community program specialist team that visits senior centers and living facilities to provide group activities. Because staying connected to others can help you stay healthier and happier.

Technology has also made learning much more accessible for today’s hobbyists. You can learn to play an instrument, watercolor paint or even cook or bake just about anything on platforms like YouTube, Instagram and other streaming services.

And if you’re searching for a new hobby, think outside the box. Hobbies aren’t always about creating. They can also be focused on collecting items, fitness goals or learning a new language. Just start by determining what interests you. Try visiting your local library or do an internet search and start a wonderful journey of creating, collecting or connecting with others.
Creating from the heart

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