6 Hobbies to Help You Relax

By on April 7, 2015

Life can get crazy, but when it does, there’s no need to feel unnecessarily stressed. The ways in which you spend your time can help ease stress so you’re able to stay productive during hectic times, rather than getting overwhelmed. It’s also a good idea to regularly take part in many of the activities and hobbies on this list to promote general well-being, rather than solely to promote relaxation.

  1. Knitting

One hobby that’s been making a comeback in a variety of age groups is knitting. With tons of knitting magazines and blogs available to use as resources, there’s never been a better time to be a knitting fanatic. You can connect with fellow knitting enthusiasts via sites like Pinterest and Ravelry.com, trade tips and ideas and enjoy a relaxing hobby that lets you be creative at the same time.

  1. Collecting Things

People usually get a strong sense of satisfaction from having a growing collection of interesting items. Depending on the items you collect, your hobby may become more valuable as time passes (Stamps, for example, become very valuable over time). Plus, you may feel more at peace as you carefully display your items and enjoy viewing them at your leisure. You might also find nearby conventions of fellow collectors, allowing you to meet other people who share your enthusiasm, and giving you more chances for social interactions.

  1. Playing a Musical Instrument

Regardless of your skill level with a musical instrument, playing one requires concentration and dedication, among other beneficial characteristics. Whether your fingers are flying across a guitar fretboard or a piano keyboard, the act of making beautiful music can clear your head, help you release tension and give you opportunities to continually increase your musicianship by learning new pieces.

  1. Giving Back to the Community

Volunteering can be hard work, but it’s usually very rewarding. It’s easy to get involved in something that’s important to you, making you feel like you’re spending your free time in a very worthwhile way. Maybe giving back means hosting a soup kitchen at your church or being a front desk greeter at a women’s crisis center. When you do something that lets you feel you’re making a difference in the lives of others, it tends to positively impact your life as well and make you feel more fulfilled.

  1. Gardening

Whether you’d like to focus on vegetables, flowers or both, gardening is a practical and pleasant way to spend unoccupied time. Also, it lets you be outside to enjoy good weather, which can be especially helpful if you’ve noticed you spend more time indoors than you’d like. Planting seeds and watching them grow into much larger, more attractive things is an obvious perk. Also, many of the methodical tasks associated with gardening are very soothing.

  1. Arts and Crafts

Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn knitting or try your hand at making pottery. These types of activities and similar ones let you experience the joy that comes from creating something tangible. Some arts and crafts are also easy to do while sitting and talking with a friend, or riding in a car. Like many of the other suggestions you’ve read, creating something might help you easily meet others who share your interests, and you could even turn the activity into a way to make gifts for loved ones.

Besides being relaxing ways to spend time, these activities have many other advantages that you can enjoy by yourself or in the company of others. Rather than letting tension take over, make a resolution to relax and enjoy life more fully. These possibilities can help you get started by spending your time in worthwhile ways.

Kayla Matthews is a writer and blogger with a passion for work productivity, human relations and managing the work-life balance. You can read more of her latest posts by following her on Google+ and Twitter.


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6 Hobbies to Help You Relax