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7 HOBBIES TO HELP YOU RELAX AND DE-STRESS

Are you thinking about taking up a new hobby? Or are you looking for a way to relax and de-stress after a long day? Then you’ve come to the right place. We all have stress in our lives in one way or another, whether it be through work, worrying about bills or studying. Stress is an inevitable part of life, but there are ways you can relax and de-stress from the rigours of everyday life. Today, I’m sharing 7 hobbies which will help you unwind, de-stress and relax.

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Knitting

If you’ve never tried knitting then why not give it a go. It’s a fantastic way to unwind after a long day, and it’s an easy hobby to pick up. If you’re not sure where to start then there are a lot of free resources online to teach you how to knit, why not pop over to YouTube and watch a how to video. You’ll be knitting in no time at all.

Once you’re ready to knit you will need a few supplies, knitting needles, yarn and patterns depending on what you want to knit. There are some great online stores, such as Deramores where you can buy everything you need in one go. The great thing about knitting is the fact it’s a relatively inexpensive hobby and you can create some lovely items from it too.

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Cooking/Baking

Not everyone is a fan of cooking, but if you enjoy it why not spend some time cooking up a storm in the kitchen. From cookies and cream to a delicious carbonara, getting creative in the kitchen can help take your mind off of everyday life and help you relax. There’s nothing better than starting with a few ingredients and seeing them come together to create something delicious. If you have children it’s also an activity you can do together, or with friends. You also end up with a tasty treat at the end, what’s not to like?

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Painting

If you have a passion for drawing or painting why not start enjoying some art therapy. Art is a great way of being creative and it’s also a great way to relax. There are a lot of mediums to choose from, charcoal, pencil, water colours, or pastels, it’s a hobby that gives you the chance to express yourself. You don’t have to go to art classes either, why not start off painting a bowl of fruit, some flowers from your garden or head to your favourite beauty spot and paint there.

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Reading

Incredibly, even as little as 6 minutes of reading can help reduce stress. Reading can also help reduce the heart rate, so why not pick up your favourite book and enjoy an evening of reading. We all have a pile of books waiting to be read that we never get round to enjoying. If you’re bored of sitting inside reading, why not take your book to your local park, or even sit out in the garden with a good book and a cool drink to enjoy the last of the Summer weather.

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Gardening

If you enjoy being outside and have a garden why not relax with a bit of light gardening. You can do little bits over the course of a week or tackle it all in one go – the choice is yours. Take out unsightly weeds, mow the grass and plant some flowers or bulbs to brighten up your garden. You could even start your own vegetable patch and grow your own fruit and veg. Plus, there’s nothing nicer than sitting in the garden and enjoying the beautiful area you have created.

There have even been studies which show gardening is good for physical and mental health. So what are you waiting for? Get those gardening gloves on and get out into the garden to enjoy the last of the Summer sunshine.

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Photography

Do you have a camera and enjoy getting out and about visiting new places? If you answered yes, why not take up photography as a hobby. I love photography and enjoy visiting new places to take photographs. If you’re just starting to get into photography you don’t need any high tech gadgets or amazing venues. You could start off with a small camera or even your mobile phone camera and take photos of your garden, home, pets or local area.

Photography is a great hobby, and it’s lovely being able to look back on the photos you have taken. You could even create a scrapbook of your favourite photos so you can look back on them years later and see how your photography has improved.

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Music

If you enjoy listening to music then why not create a relaxing playlist for when you want to unwind. We all have our favourite music, whether it be pop, rock or classical music. There’s nothing better than playing your favourite tunes to relax and help you unwind. There have also been studies which have shown that listening to music can help reduce blood pressure and also have a calming effect and help reduce anxiety.

If you prefer getting out and about why not see your favourite artist in concert, or perhaps head to a festival. You could even learn to play an instrument yourself, there are so many to choose from there’s sure to be something you would enjoy.

How do you relax and de-stress?

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer Haden
    September 17, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Great post! I’ve been looking for hobbies to help destress lately. I found that origami is very relaxing, as is pen paling too x 🙂

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    Michelle Annor
    September 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Just started painting last year after a stressful time and it really is a great way to relax, I especially enjoy doing watercolours of my local parks.

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    Marion
    September 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    My favourite hobby is painting (not very well lol ) but I find it relaxes me 😀

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