How Creative Hobbies Can Help Our Brain
In a world where productivity and achievement are rewarded, we have begun to spend less
and less time on hobbies. By a hobby, I mean doing an activity purely for the joy it brings.
It’s easy to think that spending time drawing or writing stories is wasteful, when we could
be working or pushing on with our next business idea. But there are benefits to taking up
hobbies such as painting, writing, learning an instrument and cooking.
In Anita Collin’s TED Talk, How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain, she shares
research about how listening to music activates multiple areas of the brain. And when you
play an instrument, it’s the brain’s version of a full-body workout. Neuroscientists have
discovered that playing music activates multiple areas of the brain all at once, including the
visual, auditory and motor cortices. Regular practice strengthens those brain functions,
helping us apply that strength to other activities. Playing music has been found to increase
the volume and activity in the part of the brain that connects the right and left hemisphere.
This also helps with memory function, therefore protecting our brains from degenerative
diseases such as dementia.
In Colette Brown’s TED Talk, How Art May Alter the Face of Dementia, she shares how
practicing art may help prevent cognitive decline. So, by taking up an artistic hobby, there
are benefits for both our wellbeing and the health of our brains. Our brain can expand,
depending on our capability of neuroplasticity. By learning something new, neurones
change in the brain, and the more adaptable our brains, the better protected they are
against neurodegenerative diseases like dementia. We can help our brains at any age, by
increasing their plasticity potential and learning something new.
Too often, people don’t take up hobbies because there is pressure to perform and do things
with skill. Especially now, as social media feeds flood our phones, and we are exposed to
beautiful, curated images every day. But what if we let go of the burden to be perfect?
What if we listened to our curiosity and tried something because it filled us with joy? By
cultivating curiosity, we can embrace more joy in our lives and help look after our amazing
brains. Taking up hobbies helps us process our emotions, and assists our wellbeing.
Continual learning sustains our ability for neuroplasticity, therefore protecting our brains
from cognitive decline, whilst making life more joyful. It’s never too late or too early to start
a new hobby.
Hello Katiemo followers! I hope you’re all well and enjoying this slightly sunnier weather
Well I have been super busy painting brand new designs for fitness hoodies and yoga tops – all will be revealed soon!
I have been busy enjoying painting a brand new piece;
a peacock! Originally acrylic on canvas, the painting has
been turned into a repeat pattern for notebooks, backpacks and cushions.
Did you know that the word “peacock” does not actually apply to both the male and female birds. It’s only the males that are called peacocks, while the females are called peahens. Together, the collective name for them
These cards are hand illustrated
with pencil and ink
I have been designing a range of Faux Suede cushions featuring positive affirmations
Here is my latest design featuring my tree painting.
Check out the Homeware section of my shop to see more!
My favourite positive affirmation is ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life’
What could be worth more than that?
Do you have a positive affirmation which helps you when you are struggling?
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