Day: December 1, 2020

Tips for Finding a New Hobby to Relieve Stress

If you’re like most people, you’re probably feeling pretty stressed right now. A global pandemic, political unrest, and personal stressors are taking their toll on people all over the world. You might be juggling lots of responsibilities and just trying to keep your head above water.

At times like these, everybody needs a hobby. Having something you can do for fun is a great way to reduce stress and keep your mind occupied. If, like most people, you’re stuck at home right now, then finding something fun and relaxing to fill the hours is a must.
But what kind of hobby should you choose? There are so many options! Here are some suggestions if you’re not sure what to pick up next.

Writing is a Good Way to Decompress and Be Creative

Grabbing a notebook or laptop and writing is a great way to reduce your stress. You can write about anything you want! Why not get started on that novel idea? Or try your hand at a screenplay, perhaps? The only limit is your imagination.

Even journaling can be a great hobby. Writing can help you decompress and deal with stress or anxiety. Best of all, it’s basically free! Hobbies can get expensive quickly, but writing won’t cost more than a few notebooks and pens.

You don’t even have to share what you write if you don’t want to. But there are lots of opportunities online for sharing your work and connecting with like-minded people. Writing as a hobby can be a stepping stone to so much more!

Turn a Hobby Into a Side Gig to Earn Extra Cash

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Lots of people are struggling financially right now. It’s extremely stressful to be unemployed, underemployed, or receiving unemployment. If you’re having trouble making ends meet or you could just use some extra cash, you might want to consider turning one of your existing hobbies into a side gig.

Do you knit, bake, draw, or enjoy woodworking? If so, then you’re probably always thinking of what to do with your creations. You can’t keep them all and your family probably already has enough hats. Why not sell what you make? You’ll find good homes for these special items, make people happy, and cover your costs (and then some). It’s a win-win!

If you do decide to turn your hobbies into a side gig, just remember to stay organized. You’ll have to pay taxes on what you earn, and no one will be withholding it for you. Do a little research before you get started.

Learning an Instrument Is Another Great Stress Reducer

Listening to music is a great way to reduce stress—and so is playing it. Studies have shown that listening to music for half an hour per day can lower your blood pressure and help control anxiety and stress.

Learning to play an instrument is both challenging and fulfilling. You have so many options to pick from, from the tiny harmonica to the giant upright bass. Plus, you’ll be able to impress your friends and family someday with your musical talent.

Indoor or Outdoor Gardening Is Great Hobby for Stress Reduction

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One of the most satisfying things in life is helping something grow. Gardening is a great hobby that takes dedication but offers great rewards. Not only does it help to reduce stress, but you’ll be able to harvest what you grow, or at least enjoy the aesthetics.

You can garden in almost any space, as long as you choose the right plants. Indoor gardening might be more limited, but there are still lots of plants that thrive inside. Sometimes, the hardest part of gardening is choosing your plants! Start with something easy and work your way up to pickier plants.

Get Crafty and Channel Your Creativity

Do you like to work with your hands? Why not get crafty and create projects you can use in your everyday life? Hobbies like knitting, crocheting, sewing, and sculpting allow you to make something from scratch that you can use yourself or give as gifts.

Craft-based hobbies are great stress-busters and give you the satisfaction of making something with your own hands. Your friends and family will love thoughtful gifts you make just for them!

Try Out Different Things

Hobbies are deeply personal and everyone has different interests. It can take some time to find a hobby that clicks. Take some time to try different things out before you buy lots of materials or get too involved. There’s nothing worse than being stuck with canvases or yarn you’re never going to use.

And remember, your hobby should ease your stress, not cause more! Have fun with it. Explore. Create.

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Singapore-based mental health app Intellect reaches one million users, closes seed funding

Theodoric Chew, co-founder and chief executive officer of mental health app Intellect

Theodoric Chew, co-founder and chief executive officer of mental health app Intellect

Intellect, a Singapore-based startup that wants to lower barriers to mental health care in Asia, says it has reached more than one million users just six months after launching. Google also announced today that the startup’s consumer app, also called Intellect, is one of its picks for best personal growth apps of 2020.

The company recently closed an undisclosed seed round led by Insignia Ventures Partners. Angel investors including e-commerce platform Carousell co-founder and chief executive officer Quek Siu Rui; former Sequoia partner Tim Lee; and startup consultancy xto10x’s Southeast Asia CEO J.J. Chai also participated.

In a statement, Insignia Ventures Partners principal Samir Chaibi said, “In Intellect, we see a fast-scaling platform addressing a pain that has become very obvious amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that pairing clinically-backed protocols with an efficient mobile-first delivery is the key to break down the barriers to access for millions of patients globally.”

Co-founder and chief executive officer Theodoric Chew launched Intellect earlier this year because while there is a growing pool of mental wellness apps in the United States and Europe that have attracted more funding during the COVID-19 pandemic, the space is still very young in Asia. Intellect’s goal is encourage more people to incorporate mental health care into their daily routines by lowering barriers like high costs and social stigma.

Intellect offers two products. One is a consumer app with self-guided programs based on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques that center on issues like anxiety, self-esteem or relationship issues.

The other is a mental health platform for employers to offer as a benefit and includes a recently launched telehealth service called Behavioural Health Coaching that connects users with mental health professionals. The service, which includes one-on-one video sessions and unlimited text messaging, is now a core part of Intellect’s services, Chew told TechCrunch.

Intellect’s enterprise product now reaches 10,000 employees, and its clients include tech companies, regional operations for multinational corporations and hospitals. Most are located in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and India, and range in size from 100 to more than 3,000 employees.

For many small- to mid-sized employers, Intellect is often the first mental health benefit they have offered. Larger clients may already have EAP (employee assistance programs), but Chew said those are often underutilized, with an average adoption rate of 1% to 2%. On the other hand, he said Intellect’s employee benefit program sees an average adoption rate of 30% in the first month after it is rolled out at a company.

Chew added that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted more companies to address burnout and other mental health issues.

“In terms of larger trends, we’ve seen a huge spike in companies across the region having mental health and wellbeing of their employees being prioritized on their agenda,” said Chew. “In terms of user trends, we see a significantly higher utilization in work stress and burnout, anxiety and relationship-related programs.”

Intellect’s seed round will be used to expand in Asian markets and to help fund clinical research studies it is currently conducting with universities and organizations in Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom.

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