Staying active with a pasttime you enjoy can do more than help past the time or produce fruits (sometimes literally) of your labor. Hobbies can be the key to reducing daily stress. Consider the following list of hobbies to get some possible ideas following and then let us know what works best for you!
1. Creative Crafts
A craft can be any hand made project that you take pleasure in doing – it could be painting, needle work, knitting, home decoration, wood work. Craft provides a mean of distraction from our pressure and stresses from everyday life. When you work on a craft project, you tend to be concentrating on it making you forget about your problems. In fact, medical studies have shown that there are physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits from having an active interest in crafting.
One study of 30 female heart patients reported in the American Journal Medical Association showed a significant decrease in heart rate, blood pressure, and perspiration rate while the subjects completed a simple craft project.
Gardening is another excellent hobby to reduce stress because it satisfies one’s need for self-expression in many ways. Being outside in the fresh air and planting living things can bring satisfaction and peace of mind. Coming home to a beautiful patio full of flowers, bees and birds is a great stress reliever itself.
3. Keeping pets
Keeping dogs and cats as pets can be a great way to maintain a stress free life. While human friends provide great social support and come with some fabulous benefits, Research shows that there is a direct relationship between pets and stress relief. Unless you’re someone who really dislikes animals or is absolutely too busy to care for one properly, pets can provide excellent social support, stress relief and other health benefits.
Photography can be a great “distraction” for you from your daily problems and stress. It serves as a means for the photographer to express his feeling by making visual images for sharing. Beautiful pictures taken can be an accomplishment for a person who will tend to be able to appreciate the beautiful side of life more, which is again a great way to train our mind in looking at things in a more positive way, the very first step towards relieving stress.
After a hard day of work, it always good to be involved in some fun, thrilling sports activities like basketball, football, cycling, bowling etc. It gets you off from work, a way to release your frustration and allow you to mingle with friends or teammates in the activities.
6. Scrap booking
Scrap booking is a great hobby and a wonderful way to preserve your photos with style! It’s a way to remember precious moments and people. Looking back on fond memories of happy moments and people are always a great way to relax and a sure way to reduce stress.
7. Playing with puzzles
Solving and putting together puzzles calls for great patience and brain power. It helps you to forget about worries and stay focused on piecing together the bits and pieces of the puzzle. After a game of playing around with puzzles, you tend to have a fresher mind and in a better position to face your problems and worries.
Music can be a powerful tool in relieving stress. Listening to stress relief music especially soothing ones can help sooth or relieve tension. It certainly helps to create relaxation space at home listening to the music as a way to relieving stress.
9. Short mini-vacation
Vacations are a wonderfully fun and sadly under-used stress relief resource. A short mini-vacations is able to “re-charged” you and often you would find yourself returning to work with a fresh mind and be ready to take on further challenges.
Reading opens a window to the world; giving us a vision of things we never dreamed possible. When you curl up with a good book, you put the rest of the world at bay. You take time out to travel to distant worlds, to learn about different time periods, and to expose yourself to out-of-this-world philosophies. You are essentially taking a vacation of the mind, which helps in reducing stress.
So the message is clear – take up new hobbies and keep your brain in shape. It is never too late to start taking hobbies as a mean of stress relief.