According to Wikipedia, the definition of a hobby is, “a regular activity that is done for enjoyment, during leisure time.” While that is certainly true, there are benefits beyond the pleasurable stress relief of undertaking a pastime for relaxation – here are a few of those benefits:
Joy. The obvious feeling of joy you can have participating in an activity or interest is of course worth mentioning and a vital experience as a human on their journey through life.
Scientifically, years of research has shown that participating in an activity of our choosing reduces the negative stress we can feel from what life throws our way. Perhaps a new diagnosis, hospice admittance or loss of a loved one has your world turned upside down. And, patients aren’t the only ones who benefit from a hobby – caregivers are under extreme levels of stress and anxiety, too. A hobby allows them to focus on other things, if even for a short time. It’s a very cathartic process.
Another benefit of having a hobby is that many are group activities – interests that can be shared with others, which leads to socialization. Sharing the joys of say, quilting, with a group of equally enthusiastic quilters tends to melt the stress right off and leave one feeling a positive sense of community and togetherness. In this way, a hobby can be a gateway out of loneliness for those who find it difficult to meet others, or simply don’t know where to start. These two factors alone lead to better overall mental wellbeing.
A hobby can also sharpen the mind. Studies show that an unused brain is more likely to succumb to decline. Hence the expression, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” Using cognitive function is a key factor of almost any hobby. The hobbyist finds themselves making choices, absorbing information, flexing the memory, and solving problems. Mental wellbeing can be a direct result of a well excercised mind. Participating in a hobby you enjoy is a great way to do just that.
Variety in what the mind is absorbing plays a part in it’s fine tuning, too. Think of it as a juggling act in your head. The juggler, if left with nothing to juggle, sees his ability slip away if he never practices. Meanwhile the juggler who spends time throwing bean-bags into the air and catching them, sees the basic skill maintained and can move on to practicing juggling other objects too. By bringing new items into his act, it could make simply juggling just bean-bags mundane. If your mind is actively balancing multiple hobbies of different sorts, and constantly challenged by new things to learn, it is more likely to maintain basic cognitive function over time.
Hobbies encapsulate the little things in life we choose to enjoy. We enrich our lives, share our knowledge with others, and live life to the full when we engage in activities that strengthen our mind and our hearts. January is National Hobby Month, a perfect time to consider the mental wellbeing having a hobby can provide. What will your new hobby be?
Reverence Home Health & Hospice honors our nations veterans. In a show of appreciation we are hosting veteran pinning ceremonies at several of our local centers. Reverence staff, as well as family and friends, are invited to attend. All veterans at these facilities will receive pins.
Thank you veterans for your service and your sacrifice.
|Monday, Nov. 5 2018||10 am||Durand Senior Center – 8750 Monroe Rd, Durand, MI 48429|
|Monday, Nov. 5 2018||2 pm||Lodges of Durand – 8800 Monroe Rd, Durand, MI 48429|
|Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018||2:30 pm||Brookdale (Memory Care Unit) – 5130 E Baldwin Rd, Holly, MI 48442|
|Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018||2 pm||Wellbridge of Grand Blanc – 3139 E Baldwin Rd, Grand Blanc, MI 48439|
|Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018||2 pm||Wellbridge of Fenton – 901 Pinecreek Dr, Fenton, MI 48430|
|Friday, Nov. 9, 2018||2 pm||Fenton Extended Care – 512 Beach St, Fenton, MI 48430|
|Monday, Nov. 12, 2018||2:30 pm||Mission Point – 313 Sherwood St, Holly, MI 48442|
|Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018||2:30 pm||Maplewoods Manor – 13137 N Clio Rd, Clio, MI 48420|
Reverence Home Health & Hospice Clinton Township is looking for special people like you to make a difference in the lives of those in our community with life-limiting illnesses.
Volunteers are needed to provide in-home or nursing home visits to hospice patients. Your caring presence allows family members the chance to run errands and get a break from caregiving, or lonely patients to have visits from a new friend. Volunteers are needed for clerical assistance and special events at our Clinton Township office.
Our patients reside in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and St. Clair Counties, and you can choose the geographic areas that are most convenient for you. The scheduling depends upon patient needs, and your availability. Our patients request volunteers during the day, in the evenings, and on week-ends, and so your time and talents will be appreciated whenever you are available.
We have four upcoming training sessions in the metro Detroit area. If you are interested or have any questions, please call or email Sarah Hemenway, 586-464-4865, Sarah.Hemenway@ahah.net
|Wednesday, Sept. 19 & Friday, Sept. 21, 2018||10am – 2pm||Reverence Hospice Office – 37650 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, MI|
|Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018||10am – 2pm||St. John Providence Hospital – Main Hospital Cafeteria, Café Room A – 22250 Providence Dr, Southfield, MI|
|Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018||10am – 2pm||St. John Hospital – Hospital Conference Center, lower level classrooms A and C – 22101 Moross Rd, Detroit, MI|
Angels are revered as caring guardians, healers and comforters. They conjure images of peace and well being. ‘Be an Angel’ day asks us to take on some of these aspects, even if just for a short time, and to act angelic toward our fellow beings.
Angels are tireless, patient, understanding, and love unconditionally. They embody the care giver, the mother and the nurturer. Despite much of their work going unseen they do not waiver, nor does their demeanor falter. Ever vigilant, angels listen to the needs of others and answer the call with a gentle smile.
It is a simple notion – selflessly help others with an open ear and a warm heart, refusing to allow anything to bring you down. By demonstrating endless compassion, loving strength, and divine patience we too can be angels each and every day.
Debra Stupka is a registered nurse at Reverence Home Health and Hospice. She took a moment to share with us her experience, a little about what hospice care means to her and the lessons it has taught …
‘As a Hospice nurse I have learned to strive for a deep respect of patients/caregivers and their well being. Intention reminds me of what is important not only in my actions but also serves me as a blueprint in life and how I approach humankind.
Hospice honors the ability to connect with another person/family in any given moment and not just on the job. Caring moments can actually be a turning point in anyone’s life if it touches another persons’ humanity.
Hospice is sacred work in that we work with others’ life force and not just our own. There have been times I have wondered if this is the very reason I have crossed so many paths.
Often I get asked if my job is depressing. No it is not, it can be sad at times. As a hospice nurse I am able to lighten burdens, alleviate physical symptoms, encourage open discussions about death, and ease fears allowing more space for patient and family to nurture one another to make as much room for love as possible.
I know death is not an easy subject for most and has to be mentioned at some point in the care and we have recognized when to tread lightly in speaking of death. Peaceful death is an essential human right and the spiritual needs of the dying human have to be met and respected.
For me there is no more charitable act than easing pain, suffering, and at the same time helping the dying to a peaceful transition from this life. Hospice has taught me so much about not judging others, accepting all lifestyles and cultures.
It is a very humanistic approach and we are healers for the patient. Not in the sense that we will cure them but in the sense of providing a peaceful and dignified journey to all.’
Thank you Debra for sharing your voice, and for your service as a hospice nurse.
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, but just what does ASHA, SLP, CCC, mean?
Well ASHA stands for American Speech-Language Hearing Association and SLP stands for Speech and Language Pathologist. They hold a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited program, complete a postgraduate clinical fellowship, and pass a national examination to receive their professional credential: the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Celebrate better hearing and speech month and thank your SLP today!