Taking up new hobbies or interests can help take your mind off living with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). It can also give you a chance to do something you really enjoy. The physical and psychological benefits of hobbies in cancer patients are widely recognized.
If you are feeling unwell and you want to relax, then look for hobbies or online courses that you can do at home. If you want to get out of the house, then look for local hobby groups. These can give you a social outlet, and the chance to meet new people with the same interests as you.
Hobbies and interests to try
Take up a craft, such as knitting, crocheting, beading, or model making
Read some classic novels or self-help books
Learn to speak a new language with the help of a book, DVD, audio files or an online resource
Find Internet courses to learn computing skills or web design
Make some new music playlists, and listen to favorite songs to cheer you up
Learn new skills by taking a cooking or computing class
Become more creative by joining arts or drama groups, or take some pottery classes
Join social groups, such as book clubs, knitting circles, or coffee groups
Keep active outside with gardening, fishing, walking or photography groups
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