There are many activities that may be regarded as leisure activities such as:
Swimming, walking, football and other sports, reading, listening to music and craft making etc
Participation in leisure activities aids the wellbeing of individuals in many ways. For example it gives individuals an enjoyable and fun activity to take part in, in their free time that is controlled and of their choice and not dictated to by employers, family etc. It can also be very beneficial to individual’s physical wellbeing if it involves some form of exercise and moving around and there are many studies to show that the improvement of physical wellbeing and mental wellbeing are very closely linked i.e. a reduction in stress levels.
Many individuals choose to take part in leisure activities so that they become more socially active and less isolated as it can often lead to an increase in friendship circles, a sense of belonging and a boost to overall self-esteem and confidence.
The potential benefits of trying new leisure activities from time to time include;
• The opportunity to mix with new people from perhaps different cultural backgrounds which helps to increase an individual circle of friends and broadens horizons.
• The chance to learn some new skills or discover hidden talents that can be used in other areas of life.
• The possibility to increase your confidence levels when trying new things for the first time.
You need to access additional information or support about participation in a leisure activity when carrying out a support plan and you may be unaware of the opportunities that are available or an individual wants some information on a specific area that may be new to you. You can access such information and advice by speaking to colleagues, researching on the internet or getting in touch with local services such the library, tourist information board, or specific activity providers such as sport and leisure centres etc