Passion projects are the newest trend in the self-help industry, though the concept isn’t new. Meant to inspire individuals looking to change their career, passion projects can help anybody find and develop a new and improved career path, or just to get in touch with old or new hobbies.
A career can be spearheaded from hobbies and natural skills. But it’s easy to lose touch with those talents and interests, especially if you’re going through personal struggles. For those on a road to recovery, whether from mental health issues, or substance abuse and addiction, or otherwise, passion projects can aid in fostering good mental health, building better relationships with others, coping with cravings, and much more. Most importantly, they help you to get in touch with yourself.
Here are some ideas for passion projects you may like to explore:
Passion Project 1: Establish an exercise routine – and share it
Social media makes it simple to share our accomplishments—but most importantly, it’s made it easy to gain support. The booming health-conscious population is always looking for new diet plans and exercise routines. Plenty of rehabs have implemented exercise as a supplement to a substance abuse treatment plan. Research recommends three to five exercise sessions per week, for 45 to 60 minutes per session in order to have a noticeable effect on a person’s mood.
TIP: Develop a fun exercise routine that makes you fit and happy, then share it with healthy lifestyle enthusiasts.
Passion Project 2: Go volunteering
Serving the community is the quickest way to get your mind off yourself. There is a wealth of volunteer organisations in most major cities, ranging from one day of volunteer service to a long-term commitment. Studies conducted by Carnegie Mellon University found that 100 hours per year of volunteering improves health, with results such as lowered blood pressure. It also gives you the opportunity to foster new relationships and communication skills. Plus, volunteer work can turn into a career, depending on your interests.
TIP: Find something that interests you, and discover how you can make a real impact.
Passion Project 3: Start a blog
The bestselling novel “The Basketball Diaries” started off as a set of diary entries. The novel details the author’s youth, including their heroin addiction. Try starting a simple blog to get your thoughts out. For many people on the path of recovery, writing is a therapeutic resource, and a great way of getting in touch with how you are feeling, as well as your dreams, goals, and ambitions. After you set up your own blog, it’s not difficult to get in touch with other like-minded bloggers who will make up your audience and provide inspiration.
TIP: Take 15 minutes to free write anything that is on your mind, no pressure. You’ll find that it’s not a long time—and you might not want to stop.
Passion Project 4: Talk to others through public speaking
Public speaking is one of the most common phobias. At least, the average person’s isn’t dying to get up and talk in front of a crowd. However, public speaking is still a healthy way to gain personal confidence and self esteem. The stigma that surrounds addiction may affect how some people perceive themselves while in recovery. This can be an outlet to garner more inner self love. Additionally, it can also help increase problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
TIP: Try registering for public speaking at a local college, or if you’re brave, book your own public speaking engagement.
Passion Project 5: Create your own masterpiece
Who is to say that everyone isn’t harbouring their own inner Mona Lisa or Nocturne Opus 9 No. 2 in E Major? You can find a creative streak through experimentation: painting, learning to play an instrument, photography or pottery. Art therapy has been used for years to aid addiction specialists better understand a patient. A lot of emotions can come out through creativity expression. If you are comfortable feel free to display your masterpiece to the world.
TIP: Remember, everyone’s a beginner at some point.
Passion Project 6: Designate a new space
A good step on the road to recovery is to surround yourself with a brand new environment. A new space can be dedicated to a new and improved lifestyle, which will promote positive life changes. Design your kitchen area or office nook to represent the next aspect your recovery journey. It will also give you the opportunity to flex your creativity.
TIP: Don’t forget to share your new space on Pinterest—or get ideas for your own.
Passion Project 7: Develop a financial goal
Accomplishing goals, big or small, produces natural, happy endorphins in the brain, and gives you a sense of responsibility. Try creating a goal to save money on something you always wanted or will need.
TIP: Work toward a tangible goal—like an amount in a savings account. Or a car, or something else considerable.
Recovering from an addiction or working your way through mental health issues takes courage as you face making major changes in your life.