Although the wonderful season of summer is fast approaching, it doesn’t result in our stress levels getting any lower. Like many of us out there, we deal with full-time jobs, attending school, paying those never-ending bills, and so much more. We’re constantly pulled this way, and that way; it can be hard to catch a break every now and then. However, there are many different ways in reducing your stress—you just have to find which ones suit you.
There have been countless studies on what hobbies can help your stress level greatly reduce, and this list names just a few of the best. Hobbies (especially those that include physical activity for at least 20 minutes) prove that you’d be less susceptible to fatigue, as well as have lower blood pressure and lower levels of depression. Why not give some of these a try when you’re feeling overwhelmed, or at the end of your limits? They’ll either turn your day around, or you’ll end up finding out a secret hidden talent that you didn’t even know you had!
This can be a beautiful and rewarding hobby, helping it become one of the best hobbies to include on your stress level reduction search. Gardening helps you get out into the fresh air, and is done over long periods of time to see your rewards, and how beautiful your vision can become. By creating beauty and becoming one with nature, you’ll forget the stress around you.
If you don’t know how to cook (like a lot of us out there); then this can be a really fun activity to pick up and learn to enjoy. Seeing your meal and your preparation come together can be extremely beneficial—seeing your progress become reality is proven to help benefit your overall happiness; and if that includes making some delicious brownies or an extremely delectable pasta dish, then I see that as a win-win. Cooking can be applied to more than just yourself; invite friends, family, or your partner into making a feast, and you’ll forget about all the worries you’ve ever had.
Don’t be intimidated by this very obscure idea for a hobby—you don’t have to be a professional to pick this up for your own benefit! By learning to take better pictures of what surrounds you, then you can learn to see the world differently. If you want to dive even deeper into the world of true creative art, then the more the merrier! You’ll end up with a hobby to call your very own, and you’ll walk away with some pretty incredible pictures that will help you feel a little less anxious, and a little more appreciative.
Now there’s nothing like a true workout to get those stress worries out the door; especially swimming. You don’t need to invest in tons of equipment to take up this hobby; just a swimsuit, a pair of goggles, and the right attitude can bring you to a closer world of pure bliss. Imagine swimming and being cushioned in the calming water and exercising all at once. Working out will help you envision yourself as a stronger and healthier person, and swimming can easily help you get through the stress and worry.
Scrapbooking is more than just keeping wonderful memories, but it’s a time that you can go through wonderful times with friends, and family, and pass on your albums to your kids, or grand-kids. Invite friends over to scrapbook as well, and create a dinner party out of it! By going through different pictures and creating the art you see fit, you’ll remember all of the good and wonderful times you’ve had, instead of surrounding yourself with the daily stresses of life.
What is more cathartic than sitting down and writing down what you truly feel at that very moment? By taking the time to really reflect on yourself and your emotions, you’ll be able to divide what is most important in your life, to those that aren’t worth your time. Write down your feelings of anger, sadness, and throw it away, or burn it for even more stress relief. Either way, you’ll end up with a new hobby you’ll love, and a way to completely burn your worries.
Don’t just think about crossword puzzles with this one; think about all of the different puzzles you can do—board games, picture puzzles, Sudoku—the list goes on! Not only are you taking your focus off of all the worries that may be around you at the moment, but it helps strengthen your memory. It always helps to take a break from the many complicated features in life! Go to a puzzle, and come back to your problem with a fresher mind.
You don’t have to be an expert to partake in yoga, like so many believe. Yoga and meditation can really connect yourself to nature and you mind and body as one. Not only is yoga a great way to focus on your happiness, but it’s an incredible way to get in shape and love your body. Go on retreats with friends, or alone; either way you’ll leave your worries at the door.
We’ve all got a stack of books we’ve been meaning to read, so why not take this time now to actually lose yourself in its pages? According to a study by the British newspaper, The Telegraph, reading for six minutes alone already relaxes your muscles and lets you unwind; think about a whole night of reading that amazing book! Reading can help you lose track of time and help you realize there is more to life than just those silly stresses you have on the back-burner.
It’s said that music helps with the soul, so it only makes sense to add this into the equation of stress relief. By listening to your favorite song, and belting it out at the top of your lungs, you’re literally singing out the stress and worry from your life. Not only that, but picking up and learning an instrument can greatly help with your worries; piano, guitar, violin—these are great musical instruments to learn and create an interesting hobby from. Sing goodbye to those stressful burdens!
With all of the constant worries and pressures in life, it can be incredibly easy to lose yourself and the things you enjoy. By picking up a new hobby, especially the ones listed, you’ll be on your way to creating a new perspective in life, and a new form of happiness.