Whether you’re living with a rare disease or caring for someone impacted by a rare disease, it’s important to find self-care activities that work best for your lifestyle. While self-care looks different for everyone, hobbies may help you find a renewed sense of purpose and can improve your mental health, especially if you’re dealing with anxiety or depression. By taking time to try a new hobby or revisit an old hobby with modifications, it may even help relieve stress, enhance problem-solving skills and help improve your overall well-being.
Below we’ve highlighted five hobbies recommended by members of the rare disease community that can be incorporated into a busy schedule. We have also provided links to a few bonus hobbies and activities that you can try. Don’t forget – you can define your own self-care routine, so focus on what you can do rather than where you feel limited. Recharge, have fun and find your passion.