Hobbies Are Good For Your Mental Health



May is Mental Health Awareness Month

As social workers, even social workers who aren’t clinicians or providing direct services, taking care of our own mental health is a top priority. Taking care of our mental health looks different for each of us but hobbies are good for all of us.

Hobbies are activities that you do frequently for pleasure during your leisure time. Hobbies can be physical, intellectual, or creative. Hobbies allow you to pause, release, relax, and refresh. It is unhealthy to always be in performance or achievement mode. Hobbies bring happiness, not anxiety. Please know that our every talent, skill, ability, and interest doesn’t have to be monetized.

What are your hobbies?

  • I love reading.
  • I love music.
  • I love scrapbooking.
  • I love writing.
  • I love being in nature. (Nature, not outdoor adventures LOL)
  • I love roller skating, and double dutch, and traveling to new places.

There was a time not too long ago when I practiced no hobbies. I listened to music in my car on my drive to work almost out of habit. I did not read or write for pleasure. I was too busy to commune with nature and had settled for one week of vacation a year and a few quick shopping day trips. I was burned out, stressed out, and maxed out.

REMINDER: You can’t pour from an empty cup

Today I’m planning my 2023 travel itinerary after a 2+ year covid hibernation. I’m spending more time in nature including walking a few days a week and working with young people at a local farm. Although my work schedule doesn’t allow me to jump double dutch with my local group any longer, I am looking into roller-skating and belly dancing classes. I am journaling and creating vision board pages (instead of scrapbook pages). I am still a work in progress on reading for pleasure. My television time is dedicated to shows that uplift and inspire me. Music is an everyday part of my life today and I love that I’ve been able to return to live concerts. And I am celebrating my 50th birthday all year long with new activities and explorations.

How are you focusing on your mental health?


  • You Can’t Pour from An Empty Cup: Self-Love, Self-Care and Self-Preservation for Women in Social Work workshop
  • Thursday, May 18, 2023
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Virtually via Zoom

 You belong at the top of your to-do list. Commit to checking back in with yourself and prioritizing your mental health and wellness by joining this online session.

 Together in this workshop, we will:

  • Honor our paths
  • Celebrate our successes
  • Center our needs
  • Recognize our desires
  • Reclaim our time
  • Prioritize our wellness

 This 2-hour workshop for high-performing women in social work is valued at $99, but during Mental Health Awareness Month, I’m offering this special session for only a $49.00 investment. Yes, you save $50 and pay only $49 for a workshop curated especially for hard-working women social workers like you! Registration CLOSES May 15, 2023.

CEUs will not be provided – this workshop is being offered for your pleasure and personal development. Participate for YOU, not for your license!

REGISTER for You Can’t Pour from An Empty Cup: Self-Love, Self-Care, and Self-Preservation for Working Women virtual workshop TODAY.

You deserve it!


Nicki Sanders, MSW, supports high-performing women of color in social work leadership in developing careers that feed their hearts, minds, and wallets. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams, volunteer recruitment and retention, and social impact programming. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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