We all have heard of the popular saying, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. It, indeed, is very true in everyone’s case. When you apply your mind only in work, after some time you start feeling bored, tired and exhausting. Your mind reaches a saturation point where it cannot take any more work or studies. In such cases, it is always you indulge in some hobby which you enjoy.
This will refresh your mind and help you focus back on your work even more. Hobbies transport us in a different world altogether. So it is always recommended that from an early age only you develop a hobby which can help you deal with tension and stress in a much better way.
Some Popular De-stressing Hobby Ideas Involve:
Art is one the major factors which helps you in de-cluttering your mind. On a blank canvas, you can channel your ideas, thoughts, views or something which is probably affecting you internally through the medium of painting. This is otherwise also known as Meditative Painting. All you have to do is to represent graphically the thoughts running in your mind. Let that not have any definite conclusion. This will help you in cleansing your mind internally. Also, the color palette also helps you feel refreshed.
One of the most common forms of healing, music helps you in diverting your mind from any tension thereby leaving you feeling relaxed. In fact, there have been research studies conducted which have pointed that music, whether listening or composing helps in reducing anxiety, decreases pain and has a positive impact on your cognitive health. In fact, music is considered to have therapeutic effects on your body and hence, in many neurological cases, music therapy is recommended to the patients because it helps in lowering the hormone ‘cortisol’ which helps in reducing stress and anxiety.
For all the plant lovers, this will be good news. Gardening is not just a hobby, but also a major stress reliever. The smell or aroma of wet mud and the company of bright sunlight, gentle breeze and calming sound of water soothes your body and mind and transports you to an altogether different world. Some scientists are of the opinion that the worms present in the soil produce a hormone named Serotonin, which helps the nerve cells to relax.
Fun, Innovative and Creative is what describes this de-stressing hobby the best. When you take the camera in hand, you can capture whatever you want to. A simple site which gets captured in the lens can mean several different things as every time you look at the same picture, it gives you a fresh idea which you were unable to see before. So in that sense photography helps you in getting a fresh perspective on every issue which may be going on in your mind and which will help you in de-cluttering your mind from the mesh of thoughts and provide you with a fresh perspective.
Immensely therapeutic in nature, cooking is one of the best indoor way or clearing your mind from any stress or anxiety which you may be undergoing in your professional or personal life. Cooking not only gives your mind the proper channel to express all your negative emotions like anger, frustration, disappointment, etc. But it also helps in pursuing your creative instincts by trying a new recipe which may be completely your invention. This will also motivate you and you will be confident to fight back again.
Dance is considered to be an extension of your thoughts. It is not just a creative distraction for your mind, but also something, in which you tend to get completely immersed and forget about your worries, tensions, etc. One of the studies so conducted to check the impact of dancing on the human mind suggested that people who used to dance at least twice in a week for some months showed signs of dealing with stress and anxiety in a much better as compared to the people who didn’t.
If you’ve got a bicycle at your disposal and probably some safety gear, then this probably is ‘the’ perfect stress buster hobby for you. Cycling helps you in stimulating your mind and get engrossed in the beautiful surroundings which nature has to offer to you. Apart from, cycling on regular basis can also make you in looking and staying fit and healthy and can prevent you from a various medical ailments like diabetes, obesity and so on.
This one truly does wonders to your physical as well as mental well being. Pets help us tide over difficult and trying situations in much better way. Merely keeping your pet on your lap by itself can be extremely comforting and relaxing. Studies have pointed that people having pets are prone to lesser anxiety or depression levels, reduces mood swings and also tend to live longer. So pets like dogs, cats, birds and fish are animals which have brought about positive impacts on your physical as well as mental health and well being.
Reading Or Writing
One of the very common hobbies, which people tend to have is reading. In fact, even if you indulge in reading for six minutes, it is believed to reduce your stress levels by a good 68% as per one of the studies conducted in the UK and eases any muscle tension. Writing, like dance is also a medium through which a person can pen down his internal feelings which he or she may not be comfortable sharing with. Writing or penning down thoughts is also an effective way of dealing with stressful situations.
Craft includes activities like scrapbook making, sewing, knitting and so on. Such activities help you in keeping your mind of all the worries and tensions and make you feel at ease mentally. Also, when you focus with your entire mind on pursuing such a hobby, it also provides with the creative satisfaction of creating something of your own which again, acts a major confidence and self-esteem booster.