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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
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Why Leisure Activities Are Important for Mental Health


Research shows that the most frequently recommended method for improved mental health is actively seeking out your own leisure time. This is incredibly important, especially now that we are navigating a culture centered around overworking. We glorify the "rise and grind" mindset to a concerning degree, which is not only unhealthy but also promotes being in a state of constant discontent.

To break this chain of giving into the devotion of overworking and highlight how burnout is not a sign of success, we must learn why taking a break once in a while to indulge in your leisure activities is vital for your mental health.

Alleviates the stress of everyday life

Manoeuvring through the obstacles of everyday life can be a little too much for us sometimes. In times like these, it's okay to focus on the lighter side, dedicate a self-care day to yourself, meditate or just put on your favorite music, anything that eases your mind. In doing so, not only are you getting a much-needed break but also relieving yourself of all the built-up stress of long days. The activity can prove extremely beneficial for your overall mental health.

A much needed dose of casual magic

It's high time that everyone starts agreeing as to how having fun or doing little things to make yourself happy is not a selfish thing to do, nor is it embarrassing. Your body needs little glimpses of casual magic to stay grounded, and your favorite leisure activities are the best way to have that. Want to go bicycling at odd hours? Go for it, take your chances, and romanticize your life if you feel it would improve your state of mind because it affects everyone around you as much as it affects you.

Increases self-awareness

Time and time again, it is proven that leisure activities give us the space that we need for introspection. When we take a step back to analyze, we find more and more room for improvement, whether it be while finding a new sport that we enjoy or discovering a new hobby that challenges us.

For example, games such as online casinos are a good way to fill up your leisure time. Playing blackjack or slots online can push you to improve your observational skills or train you to be able to take risks. On the contrary, tasks like playing board games with friends improve your mood and allow you to recognize your socializing patterns. The possibilities are endless.

Improves self esteem

As mentioned before, a leisure activity gives us time for introspection, and with introspection comes self-awareness, and with self-awareness comes the capacity to have more confidence in yourself. This is why when you do something for pleasure, you actually get to discover your identity and connect with yourself better. That connection, when strengthened, builds up your self-esteem more. All this can be possible once we accept our need for the occasional leisure time and make time for it.

Helps break down barriers

It is certain that relaxing and indulging in leisure activities play a huge role in helping us break down barriers. Once you experience the liberating feeling that comes with the act of letting go, you also learn to disapprove of limitations for yourself.

Whether it's just a walk out to the park, reading for pleasure, or quality time with your friends, strive to exist gloriously while doing what you love. These activities are vital for stepping out of your comfort zone and realizing what it is to have a healthy mindset.

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