Seven Healthy Pastimes for Improved Well-Being

Hobbies aren't just fun ways to pass the time. They’re also good for your well-being. Check out these healthy pastimes that help you feel great every day.
Seven Healthy Pastimes for Improved Well-Being
Gema Sánchez Cuevas

Reviewed and approved by the psychologist Gema Sánchez Cuevas.

Last update: 30 May, 2023

What do you do in your free time? Do you have hobbies or pastimes that help you disconnect and relax? Or are you the kind of person who doesn’t have time for those things? Do you believe that hobbies are a waste of time? If so, don’t be so quick to write them off. There are lots of healthy pastimes that will make you feel great both mentally and physically.

Pastimes are an essential component of our personal lives and they aren’t a waste of time. They’re a worthwhile and productive use of your time. How you choose to spend your free time depends on your personality and interests.

In general, any hobby that you choose is good for your health. That being said, there are some that are particularly good for you.

Healthy pastimes that anyone can do

There are plenty of healthy pastimes that can improve your well-being. The ones we’re going to talk about today are hobbies anyone can do because they don’t require special equipment. Not only that, but you can do them anywhere.


Dancing is more than just a fun form of exercise. It also has other health benefits.  Dancing allows you to exercise your body at your own pace. What’s more, it’s a fun and accessible activity. It releases hormones that make you feel good. Not only that, but it’s also a great social activity that helps you meet likeminded people. Or, if you prefer, you can do it in the comfort of your own home.

A woman dancing.

Dancing is great cardiovascular exercise. It helps improve your heart health, increases stamina, and strengthens muscles and bones. It also improves coordination and balance and keeps your muscles flexible.

Dancing is also good for your brain. It improves cognitive function and reduces your risk of dementia. In addition, dancing is good for your emotional health because it improves your self-esteem and helps you accept your own body.


You can write for yourself in a diary, or write for others to read. It’s something that anyone can do. All you need is a pen and paper (or a laptop, if that’s more your style). It’s even available to people who can’t write because you can read or dictate your words to someone else.

Writing has many physical and mental health benefits. It improves memory, reduces stress, and helps you sleep, among other things. Several studies have discovered that writing about their experiences helps cancer patients accept their illness. It helps them deal with stress and improves their prognosis. Another study found that expressive writing can help process thoughts and emotions and also boost your immune system.

Writing fiction is also beneficial for your mental health. Being able to control the world that you create is a great way to communicate ideas, feelings, and thoughts. It allows you to carry out and explore those ideas in a completely harmless way. Writing fiction can help you relax and stay calm.

Listening to music

Listening to music can also benefit your physical and mental health. In fact, music has an important influence on your neurochemistry. Music can stimulate your immune system. It can also reduce stress and anxiety levels and provide relief from depression.

Jenny Hole, Martin Hirsch, Elizabeth Ball, and Catherine Meads conducted a study that found that music was more effective than medication for reducing a patient’s pre-operative anxiety. What’s more, listening and playing music correlates to lower levels of cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone”.

There’s no doubt that music makes you feel better and it’s great for emotional well-being. In fact, you can use music to make everything seem just a little bit easier.

A woman listening to music.

Other pastimes that are good for your health

There are lots of other pastimes that are good for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Gardening is a great example. In addition to being a great exercise, gardening is also good for the brain. There’s also a correlation between gardening and a lower risk of dementia. Researchers have seen a relationship between gardening and a lower risk of heart attack and stroke.

Another very healthy pastime is caring for a pet. Having a pet not only offers opportunities to get more exercise but also more opportunities to socialize. Studies show that taking care of your pet can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In addition, owning a pet makes you feel less lonely.

Volunteering is a great way to spend your free time. Volunteering can give you a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Being a volunteer can make you feel good about yourself and help other people at the same time.

Volunteering is a healthy pastime.

Yoga is another excellent pastime. One of the best things about yoga is that it offers benefits for people of any age or physical condition. Yoga increases strength and energy levels. It also has a positive impact on cardiovascular and circulatory health.

As you can see, there are many healthy pastimes that benefit both your physical and mental well-being. Experts recommend having at least 10 pastimes or hobbies. These activities will help you overcome difficult moments in your life. What are you waiting for? Start practicing a hobby today!

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.