164 Healthy Hobbies Activities And Sports For Preserving Our Mental Health


๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

These are the flags of all countries mentioned in the blog. If you let me know where you from, I add yours too.

Free of charge, indoor and outdoor activities to recharge the battery. Which of the following hobbies and activities do you either like or dislike? 

Most of them are available here, in Portugal. Others, not much of our intrinsic culture, I look forward to doing them in the UK or elsewhere when back on travelling.

Nevertheless, let me share with you some ideas and photos of my journey around the world. ๐ŸŒŽ 

Try to add three new to your weekend, be safe, and have fun.

I’d be appreciative if you like to leave a comment of interest of yours and the country where we could do it as some, I’ve never heard about. Together we’re stronger.

  1. Spending time with my fiancee!
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2. Photography

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3. Genealogy

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4. Pottery

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5. Ecotourism

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Lucky us in Portugal with endless options as for the Atlantic Ocean or the river. I heard from tourists that Picos Europa, Galicia in Spain is safe and nice at the present moment.

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6. Practice a Sport: Sport Climbing, Roller skating, Badminton, Squash, Hurling, Archery, Kuk Sool Won Rugby, or Shaolin Kung Fu!

As we keep going on is now more important than ever to go out for jogging, running, whatever serves us the best to keep on our good mental and physical health. I look forward to seeing the children on track in school reopenings in September.

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Badminton is cool to play by the seaside ๐ŸŒŠ in Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น and elsewhere. I adore this one and it’s been proven that it opens the mind.

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This year, even with the pandemic in March we had the European Championship in the Algarve and as usual, many Brits participated. The hugest community of British worldwide lives in the South of Portugal in Faro.

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The Atlantic Ocean is paradisiacal. I met a couple, in their seventies from the Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ enjoying this kind of life together and sailing in. Now already retired, they have made their ways from the Netherlands to Portugal on a yacht. Memories last forever and so does friendship and true love.

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Estoril in Portugal is the famous city for formula 1 and Monaco is also popular and worth the way.

7. Lace knitting

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I tried this sport before and I should practice more.

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I had the chance to try this one in the South of Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ.

8. Filmmaking

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I’m desperate for the movies and look forward for the re-open of theatres, cinemas, arts and galleries.

9. Carving (woods and stones)

10. Autograph Collecting!

This blog is pretty cool and has some pictures. We can’t go after them chasing but we can write and show support! At current times we are all winners of this worldwide crisis besides I wonder how it would have been without the artists when we were locked in. A special thanks to all artists all over the world.

11. Play an instrument: Piano, saxophone, drums, guitar, trumpet

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12. Doing whatever makes you feel good

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Yes, exactly. More than thinking is doing. Action is required.

13. Building PCs

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I intended to participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. A two hours journey from my city in China. Gee….give us one more chance…

I made friends from Kenya ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช and based on empirical evidence they are the best runners in the world. So was Rosa Mora, the Portuguese winner of the Marathon, many years ago. Have you heard of her?

14. Fossil hunting

15. Cross- stitch

16. Quilting

There are lots of quilting techniques that every quilter should master, ten of those methods are on nearly every experienced quilter’s ‘must know’ list, written by Janet Wickell.

17. Looking after our pets

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18. Pole dancing

19. Skateboarding

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20. Watch, Stamps, Paper Notes Collecting

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164 Healthy Hobbies Activities And Sports For Preserving Our Mental Health

21. Puzzles

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Mahjong is a tile-based game that was developed during the Qing dynasty in China and has spread throughout the world since the early 20th century. It is commonly played by four players.

24. Songwriting

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‘How to Write Your First Song’ is an online course, at FutureLearn provided by the University of Sheffield on Creative Arts & Media. It cover the following topics:

1) Setting words to music

2) Time and pitch

3) Working with melody

4) Chords and chord progressions

5) Song forms

6) Arranging your song

At the present day 44,007 were enrolled on this course. To join it, click this yellow ๐Ÿ”— link.

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25. Sudoku

26. Baking / Cake Making

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27. Arts and crafts

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28. Knitting

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29. Driving

164 Healthy Hobbies Activities And Sports For Preserving Our Mental Health

30. Jogging and running

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31. Trainer and shoes collecting!

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32. Sitting around doing as little as possible

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33. Studying

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“Successful study is all about opening our minds to things we donโ€™t yet know or understand โ€“ thereโ€™s a whole world out there we all need to get to know.”

Mark Allinson

Senior Lecturer in the University of Bristol, in the School of Modern Languages

164 Healthy Hobbies Activities And Sports For Preserving Our Mental Health

34. Going to the cinema

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This is one of the activities I missed the most.

35. Growing fruit and vegetables

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36. People Watching

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37. Cake making

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38. Candle making

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39. Cooking

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40. Horse riding 

164 Healthy Hobbies Activities And Sports For Preserving Our Mental Health – horse ๐ŸŽ riding – Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
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41. Singing and Dancing

42.Table tennis and Ping – Pong

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43. Creative writing

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44. Satyananda Yoga

45. Going To Pubs And Nightclubs

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It is not my intention to see others towards risking their lives on these activities but I do wish to go straight to the pub when I get in the UK! Yes, let’s party on!

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46. Sketch writing 

47. Classic car restoration 

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48. Kayak fishing

49. Housework

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50. Urban exploration 

51. Book collecting

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52. Writing fiction

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53.Social dancing

If not possible due to pandemic restrictions I’ll be dancing at home…

54. Going to the ballet/dance performances

164 Healthy Hobbies Activities And Sports For Preserving Our Mental Health Carmina Burana, Guangzhou Ballet – Ha’erbin, China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
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55. Sewing

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56. Playing board games

57. Postcard collecting trough Postcrossing

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58. Playing sports

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59. Sheepdog trials

60. Reading Books

61. Radio-controlled car

62. Going to museums and galleries 

It’s up to each country to set up their own rules and safeguard their citizens and tourists. Most Portuguese immigrants in the UK had to travel today otherwise they had to go on quarantine. I’m staying in a National Parc in the UK after moving to prevent any kind of allucination. I also look forward to participate in a Hurling game in Ireland the ruling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic Irish origin. One of Ireland’s native Gaelic games, it shares a number of features with Gaelic football, such as the field and goals, the number of players, and much terminology. There is a similar game for women called camogie. I wish all of you the best of luck. Be good, and safe as possible.

63. Flag football

64. Beachcombing

65. Felt making

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66. Eventing 

With all conferences and events canceled I do hope to start filling out forms to participate.

67. Field Hockey ๐Ÿ‘ 

68. Canoeing ๐Ÿ›ถ / Kayak

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69. Track cycling 

70. Paintball

71. Road cycling 

72. Free running

73. Flying away out of here to Great Britain!

74. Acting

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75. Scouting

76. Skydiving

77. Writing โœ๏ธ letters โœ‰๏ธ especially love letters

I’ve been writing love letters for more than 7 months now since I and Mr. Lord were separated by COVID-19. A few weeks to go and meet up the prince I count on this strategy! If you have any recommendations on where to find beautiful poems, please ๐Ÿ™, let me know!

78. Cheesemaking

79. Lovemaking!

80. Listening to music

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81. Doing work around the house

I have faith that my new home is the last one after so many adobe…. I intended to stay in China but after all if the country doesn’t allow us in….

82. Needlework

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83. Watching movies at my fiancee’s home

84. Gardening

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– Caminha, Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
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85. Crochet

86. Aerobics

87. Drinking and somehow socialising

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Yes, with moderation. A Port Wine, an Ale or a special Belgian beer. What about a flute of Prosecco? Anything including water, whenever with friends is the best ever. My fiancee will me at the best pubs in the UK. I’m a beer glass collector.

88. Sequence dancing

This is a popular outdoor activity in China even though the average temperature is below 35 in the north by the border with Russia and Inner – Mongolia.

89. Paragliding

90. Tree hugging

Spot on ! If I arrive there safely, I publish a photo at one out many national parts of Great Britain. I canceled โŒ everything booked for Scotland ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ last March because my fiancee was feeling sick thinking of my adventurous around Europope but I can not complain. For my winter holiday, in January and February I travelled in Germany, Switzerland, England, Austria, Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท and below is a picture of myself the day COVIF-19 was declared as a worldwide disease ๐Ÿ˜ท. I’m glad to be safe in Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น.

This is the day when COVID-19 was declared worldwide disease. Peaceful Portugal in March 2020. Then we were all confined..

91. Poker โ™ฅ๏ธ โ™ฃ๏ธ 

92. Dating

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93. Going to festivals

94. Boating

164 Healthy Hobbies Activities And Sports For Preserving Our Mental Health, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Photo credit: Neet Law

95. Caravaning

I saw a few dozens last week in Costa Nova, in Portugal most of them tourists from the Netherlands, Belgium ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช. You are all welcome. It is also good to see immigrants arriving from the US.

96. Birdwatching

Looking back at the lockdown, the only good thing is that we could see and hear the birds. Pollution is ruining Planet Earth.

Climate global change affect us all directly or inderectly and we should all care for the world as a whole.

97. Rallying

98. Dog training

99. Glass painting 

100. Car boot sales ๐Ÿ’ต 

101. Model building and collecting 

102. Motorcycling

103. Hot air ballooning

104. Wood carving

105. Volunteering and fundraising

164 Healthy Hobbies Activities And Sports For Preserving Our Mental Health – 2018 in August, Naples Italy Photo credit: Neet Law

106. Patchwork

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107. Puppetry

108. Chess

109. Walking

110. Attending sports matches and games

111. Pub quizzes

112. Windsurfing

113. Playing video games

114. Visiting museums

Healthy Hobbies Activities And Sports For Preserving Our Mental Health

115. Speed skating

116. Biathlon

117. Going to the theatre

Matilda The Musical – London, England ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง February 2020 – Photo credit: Neet Law

I took off to the UK in February and travelled around Europe just before the spread of COVID-19, in Europe. I was lucky๐Ÿ€ In this show, bilingual Matilda spoke in English and Russian ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ. I also would like to share some songs written by the Australian. See my post, here.

118. Power walking

119. Hang gliding

120. Superbike racing

121. Athletics and Summer Olympics

122. Wakeskating

123. Roller derby

124. Martial Arts

125. Wine tasting

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…and more singing. We had great parties in China with colleagues from Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ, Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, the United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ, Cuba ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ , and many hosted by the British ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง and they rock!

126. Acrobatic gymnastics

127. Ultra Marathon

128. Snowboarding 

164 Healthy Hobbies Activities And Sports For Preserving Our Mental Health – Interlaken Switzerland January 2020 STUNNING Photo credit: Neet Law

129. Quad biking

130. Speedway โฉ 

131. Invent

132. Motocross

133. Doll house’s

134. Fencing

135. Decorating


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136. Stilts

137. Girl guides 

138. Record collecting

139. Aircraft spotting

140. Fitness, Training, Sport

141. Kun Nye

142. Circuit training

143. Going on day trips in our countries

Heaven – Ischia – Italy

144. Jet Skiing in Lancashire District Lake

145. Collecting ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก (stamps, coins, paper notes, beer glasses)

I came across many weird collections while putting out this list of hobbies and activities which made me reflect on how being different and embracing diversity can strengthen groups of people and lead to success. There are many entrepreneurs out there! Congratulations to all of you, doing and generating great incomes at this conjecture.

146. Trekking hiking

147. Public speaking

148. Spending time with my family ๐Ÿ‘ช

149. Dominoes

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150. Bingo

151. Going to restaurants, cafes, pubs, and ice-cream


152. Winemaking ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ‡ (and selling…)

153. Dog ๐Ÿถwalking ๐Ÿ‘ฃ 

154. Visiting historical and natural sites

Behind me we can see the Faculty of Law at the The University in Coimbra and the crimson colour of the Portuguese flag. Machado de Castro Museum is where I took this picture. Sรฉ Nova Church is word seeing and a lot more.

155. Reading

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156. Travelling

164 hobbies and activities – Go to the spa


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158. Rafting

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It is possible to do it in Portugal and Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ. Nuestros hermanos are good ๐Ÿ‘ on rafting. France too, with endless activities to count on.

159. Cycling

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160. Shooting

161. Sculpture

162. Gymnastics by the Atlantic Ocean

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163. Drawing

164 Healthy Hobbies Activities And Sports For Preserving Our Mental Health – Drawing by DOC SHERWOOD

164. Go to the spa

It takes courage to pursue our dreams!

These blog post is merely a reflection of my wishes and desires. It is not my intention to put you out in dangerour and most of hobbies and activities listed here are possible to do right now, right here in Portugal, in some regions of Spain and hopefully in the UK where I’m moving to soon and meet up my fiancee after being separeted for so long. Due to our clime and government restrictions I aim to pursue activities that are safe. It is however our responsibility to take risks or not and I feel sorry that for so many this is indeed an obligation… Most of all, I look forward to re-start because this year was difficult to all of us. I feel blessed to be an European with so many opportunities to look at. While putting this list together I read blogs of exquisite entrepreneurs who have been working hard online to face with courage and confidence this worldwide crisis. I’m thinking of my friends and relatives in Italy and all the children starving all over the world.

This blog is dedicated to my father, Physical Education teacher, a community leader, who passed away after Christmas 2019 whom I saw a year ago for the last time. He told me not to leave China before visiting Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต go for the Olympic Games I didn’t make it.

Rest in peace, daddy and I’m pride to be your daughter. Thank you for helping me finding the strength needed in the most difficult times. I will always remember you with honour.

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Ana Santos, Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น & United Kingdom ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

I'm a seek learner and curious teacher in constant self - improvement mode. Currently celebrating diversity, multilingualism, people, and their culture. After three years of living in Southeast Asia, and China, I'm moving to the UK to take care of my lifelong project on education: leadership and management! I dedicate this website to my boyfriend and mentor, who taught me about courage, to my 11 years old Thai student, June, from whom I learned what teaching is about, and to all my Chinese students from the Han majority and all 55 minority groups across China. May God bless your ways, in safety. A foreign language curious, human and woman, a traveler. A daydreamer!

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