The Importance of Hobbies for Stress Relief

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Are you stressed out? Do work and family commitments zap all of your energy and leave little time to enjoy life? Here’s the bad news (to some): stress is an unavoidable part of daily life. The good news is that it can be effectively managed and quality of life restored with natural stress remedies.

There are many ways to help alleviate stress. Hobbies, for example, have many stress relieving benefits:

  • Like many good natural stress remedies, hobbies can help you escape from the daily grind of normal (and stressful) life and recharge your batteries. It’s important to set some regular time aside for a favorite pastime so you can focus on fun only and forget about paying the bills or work pressures for a bit.
  • Hobbies in general can be done when and how you want. Hobbies allow you to have a certain measure of control over your life. If you don’t feel like finishing your scrap booking project, so what? There’s no external pressures or deadlines to do it. You can take as long or as little time as you like to complete your hobby.
  • A hobby can be a great social outlet because people with similar interests often flock together to share relevant knowledge and experiences. There are lots of organizations for different hobbies like knitting circles, golfing clubs, running clubs and creative writing clubs. Do some internet research – be sure to visit www.meetup.com – to see which interest specific organizations and/or clubs you can join locally.
  • According to positive psychology, a person is more relaxed when engaging in activities that are pleasurable and fun. Hobbies are natural stress remedies because they can lift your mood and energy levels and therefore, enhance your overall enjoyment of life.
  • Exercising as a hobby is one of the best natural stress remedies because it promotes good health too. Research studies show that people who engage in at least 20 minutes of exercise per week are less likely to experience fatigue. Additional research has noted regular physical activity can normalize blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference and overall fitness. Hobbies can be healthy!
  • Hobbies can be an opportunity to learn new skills or discover hidden talents. This can relieve stress, improve self-confidence and perhaps direct one to a higher life purpose.

Here are some tips for choosing the right hobby for you:

  • Engage in a leisure activity that you truly enjoy. Don’t force yourself to do something you don’t like just because someone told you it would be good for you. The idea is to reduce stress, not create more!
  • Try something new. Have you ever wanted to learn how to ski or sail? Go for it. Are you crafty? Take a knitting or pottery class.
  • Research your chosen hobby if it’s new to you. The internet is a good place to start. The idea is to equip yourself with the knowledge to fully enjoy your hobby.

Whatever hobby you decide to do as one of your personal natural stress remedies, make it something that gives you a whole new definition of FUN!