Hobbies relieve stress and help us relax. But they are more than that. While hobbies can be therapeutic, they can also be lots of fun!
So if trying to get rid of your tension and stress levels is getting boring and old hat, why not take your stress management to a new level?
Give yourself permission to spend time enjoying life and you’ll find that it’s a whole lot easier to relax.
Part of being a healthy person is having a balance in your life—a balance between work, rest and play. People who are ultra-stressed are often people who have forgotten how to play.
One of the secrets to sticking with your stress management program–is simply to make it fun!
This can be harder than you think, because people who are feeling stressed, often have forgotten how to have fun. You may have to give yourself permission to take some time, just to have a good time. It is OK.
Relaxing your body helps to relax your mind – and that helps you to make better decisions and to stay focused!
Hobbies can relieve stress. And they can help you have a healthier and more optimistic outlook on life.
How to Find a Hobby
Relaxing hobbies are fun, but not all popular hobbies will be relaxing for you. If an activity feels like work or it is just too hard to learn, it can lead to frustration and more tension. You need to find a good match for you.
For example, let’s say that you decide to go hiking with a local hiking group, to reduce your stress level. You have trouble keeping up with the group, and the first hike seems to go on forever. You are so out of shape that it is miserable, and every muscle in your body aches or is sore.
I’m guessing that it wasn’t that much fun for you. So, what can you do? You can walk your dog (or just walk) every day to build up your endurance. You can take some simpler hikes with a friend who is also hiking at an easy level. Or you can just find another hobby.
Your new hobby needs to be relaxing for you and something that you enjoy doing. It’s going to be an escape from stress and tension, a way to let down your hair and have a good time!
There are, of course, many ways to relax. But I think that fun hobbies are one of the best, because in addition to relieving stress, you have a good time while you’re doing it.
And, as you may already know, laughter and joy are some of the very best medicine. They certainly are great for your mental health!
Finding a Hobby
Finding a hobby that is right for you is simply a matter of looking at what you’re trying to do, your interests, and how much leisure time you can devote to your new hobby.
If you’re really feeling stressed, you probably choked on the words leisure time, but I meant just that. It’s healthy to take time for yourself.
The first step in this process is for you to commit some time. Make a promise to yourself that you will take a few hours each week, just to have fun. And then keep that promise.
Hobbies that Relieve Stress
Here are some other things to consider when choosing the best hobbies for you:
- Interests – What kinds of things do you like to do? Fun hobbies for one person many not be so much fun for another. Do you like working with your hands or would you prefer collecting things? Do you like sports and active recreation? Do you like to make things that you can give away? Or do you enjoy being outside, observing nature and the solitude of the outdoors? You need to consider what YOU like to do…
- Skills – What activities are easy for you? If a new hobby is really hard to learn for you, it won’t be fun or relaxing. Choose a hobby that you will easily learn. For example, if you like to sew, you might enjoy knitting or crocheting, which are related hobbies. But you might not like training for and running in a marathon.
- Knowledge – What do you already know about? If you loved trains as a kid, perhaps you would like to get into collecting model trains. Stamp collecting, on the other hand, might pose a huge learning curve for you–and so it might not be relaxing! Some people love to learn new things–others find it to be stressful. How do you feel about it?
- Are you active or sedentary? – Exercise or physical activity is relaxing–but not so, if you absolutely HATE exercise! If you love physical exercise, consider a more active hobby. If you can hardly wait to get home to rest, consider choosing a hobby that is more quiet.
- Outdoors or indoors? – Where do you feel most carefree and relaxed. One person may feel calm and serene in a wooded setting. Another, in the very same place, may feel tense and anxious because of the bugs!
- Participant or observer – Sports events are a good example. Do you like to be part of the action–or just like to WATCH the action? Consider whether you want to join a group of guys who play basketball on Wednesday nights or watch games on T.V. with a couple of your buddies. Either way you can release pent up tension. But different people enjoy sports in different ways!
- Alone or in a group? – Do you enjoy solitary activities–getting away from all the noise and stress? Or do you relax better when you are socializing in a group? The answer is different for different people…
While many hobbies can relieve stress, there is no one hobby that is perfect for everyone. Choosing a fun hobby is a personal decision. In the end, you are the only one that can decide which hobbies are best for you.
However, if you’re looking for a fun way to relieve stress, do consider taking up a hobby. Pick a good one, one that you will enjoy! Because hobbies relieve stress!