It’s easy to get caught up in the daily whirlwind of everyday life. Whether work or home life has you stressed, just know that you’re not alone. Everyone gets stressed out from something at some point or another. What you really need is to find a way to relieve that stress and escape from your stressors.
Everyone is different, so what works for you might not work for someone else. Try finding a hobby or activity you can do that will alleviate your stressors and help you gain some beneficial relaxation time.
Some of these hobbies can give you an idea of where to start.
#1 – Keep a diary
Have you ever written in a journal? Give it a try! Write down all of your thoughts and feeling, the things you are stressed about, the things you are grateful for.
Writing about your stressors can help you vent in a healthy way, rather than taking it to a friend or significant other and getting them worked up too. You can reflect on your feelings and take an objective stance once you’ve gotten all the words down too.
On the other side of that, when you feel stressed or down, write down some things that you are grateful for. This can help you create a more positive outlook for yourself and you’ll find that you have plenty to be happy about.
If you dont want to start a journal you may write for blogs and magazines, as a guest poster, on your expertise.
#2 – Coin Collecting
Do you have any collections? Coin collecting, or any collecting, can give you an outlet for escape. Use a collection to step away from your stressors, and take the time to relax by rifling through your collection, taking inventory, or looking for a new addition.
When you really get into your collecting, you can find coin dealers to help you get the specific pieces you need to enhance your collection.
Coin collecting can be a simple hobby, or if you have a knack for it, you can even make it into a fun side job helping others find the missing pieces of their collections.
#3 – Hiking
Go outside and get some fresh air the next time you are feeling stressed out. Find a fun place to hike, and make a hobby of getting out in the open every now and then.
Getting out in nature can improve your mood. The fresh air, the natural light, and the serenity that comes with a leisurely walk through a forest trail can reduce your stress and obsession over negative thoughts.
#4 – Listening to Music
Put on your favorite music and let the world around you halt for a few moments. Sing out loud, dance around, and just live in the music that you enjoy so much. You’ll find that you forget about your stressors, if only momentarily, and because of that, your mood will improve so much!
Music has the power to calm us. In fact, listening to slower, calming music can even affect you physically by lowering your blood pressure.
#5 – Reading
Even just sitting down and reading for a few minutes each day can significantly reduce your stress. Pick a favorite book or genre – it doesn’t matter what you choose as long as it can hold your attention. Find a quiet place and read.
With a similar effect as music, you’ll find the world silencing as the books whisks you away into another reality.
#6 – Spending Time with your Pet
Animals have a calming effect on their humans. They can improve our moods by reducing the tension that we feel for simply existing. Cuddle with your pet, give it lots of love, and let the calming powers ensue.
Not only do pets calm us from our stressors, but they are companions that can help prevent feelings of social isolation.
#7 – Volunteering
Do you find that you are stressed out on a pretty regular basis? Maybe it’s time to try to go outside of yourself to find some relief. Find a local animal shelter, at-risk youth program, or nursing home that you can volunteer at.
Reaching outside of yourself and serving others is truly rewarding because you feel good about yourself when you see the results of the work that you do. Serving others is one of the best ways to feel happier and reduce stress.
#8 – Watching the Stars
Lay outside on a warm night and watch the stars. Learn the different constellations appear on your part of the globe and share your knowledge with a friend.
As you lay under the stars and feel the vastness of the universe, take a moment to realize that the stressors you have are just a small part of the bigger picture, and they will soon pass.
#9 – Coloring
Whether you get an app or a physical copy of a coloring book, take some time to just sit down and color. Let your creativity shine as your stress melts away. You can even use this time to listen to some calming music as well.
Coloring requires you to focus on the task at hand, which in turn causes you to forget the worries that you were focusing on. It creates an outlet that takes us back to a simpler time when we didn’t have all of the worries of our adult lives. It is a relaxation technique that even psychologists are getting behind.
#10 – Learning New Things
Make a hobby of becoming a student of life. Watch a documentary, read an educational book, visit a museum. You might find that you really enjoy learning new things, and you’ll feel more productive and inspired to continue when you do.
Life can be difficult when our stresses weigh us down. But when we find new ways of overcoming that everyday stress, we can learn that there really is a lot to life that is worth enjoying.
What are some hobbies that have helped you escape your everyday stress?