Did you know you can improve your mental self-care quotient with a hobby? If you want a balanced life, take time for a hobby! #mentalhealth #hobby #selfcarehacks #selfcaresunday #inspirememonday #watercolor #painting #crafts #photography #balance

Did you know you can improve your mental self-care quotient with a hobby? In today’s podcast, you’ll learn about the importance of hobbies for keeping our lives balanced.

What IS a Mental Self-Care Quotient?

We’ve all heard about IQ tests (intelligence quotient tests) and how Elon Must has an IQ of around 155 and Terence Tao of Australia has an IQ of 230. But a high IQ doesn’t mean you’ll have a great life. Money can’t buy you love, and a high IQ can’t buy you happiness. Plenty of successful and happy people have average or below-average IQs.

Success doesn’t lie in having an off-the-charts IQ. Having a high EQ (emotional intelligence quotient) helps. Happy, productive people learn how to sustain their productivity through self-care. Many of us bought into the myth of superwoman at the expense of our health and sanity. God didn’t create us to run ourselves ragged and burn out. He even gave us a weekly day to rest!

We must take care of all four aspects of ourselves–mental, academic/artistic, physical, and spiritual. A person who learns how to care of themselves has a high SCQ (self-care quotient). This month we’ll explore each of the four aspects of our SCQ, starting with our mental self-care quotient. I’ll share actionable ways a hobby can improve your mental self-care quotient.

I’d love to hear which of your hobbies brings calm to your mind.

Show Notes

You can learn more about mental health and social hobbies here.

If you want to know more about the After-Action Review process, check out this post.

Want to learn the importance of scheduling? Check out this post!

You can read more about the types of hobbies here.

Elizabeth Scott, MS, writes about the importance of participating in hobbies here.

Did you know you can improve your mental self-care quotient with a hobby? If you want a balanced life, take time for a hobby! #mentalhealth #hobby #selfcarehacks #selfcaresunday #inspirememonday #watercolor #painting #crafts #photography #balance

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Next week I’ll share how having a hobby can improve your artistic and academic self-care quotient.

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  1. Anita, through your encouragement here, I have restarted my hobby of papercraft, making Cards at the moment.

    But I also enjoyed scrapbooking pages for my grandchildren’s albums which I haven’t done in some time.

    Thank you for this self care post each week.
    I appreciate your encouragement! 😊
    Blessings, Jennifer
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  2. I do think hobbies are so important. Of course, I have my writing as a creative outlet, but I think perhaps doing something with my hands would be good, too. I need to see if I can talk my husband into listening to this podcast. He is bipolar and retired and has no hobbies. I think he would be healthier if he would have at least one!
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  3. The Wonder Woman Myth made me feel like I had to do everything and do it well – once I realized I didn’t, that I only had to do what God designed me to do, that liberated me holistically. I like to knit, I write, I do photography. I bake – and these hobbies link me to my people and my community. They open doors to conversations and new relationships. A good hobby – allows connection into the community, into quiet time with God. I am so glad I don’t have to everything well!
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  4. I’m so thankful for Christian women who say that it’s OK/not selfish to care for yourself. I do think we are better able to care for others when we make sure we are receiving some nourishment.

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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