If you’re like most people, you’re probably pretty stressed right now. Global pandemics, political instability and personal stressors are hitting people around the world. You may be juggling a lot of responsibilities and just trying to keep your head on the water.
At times like this, everyone needs a hobby. Having what you can do for fun is a great way to reduce stress and keep your mind occupied. If you’re stuck at home now, like most people, it’s imperative to find something fun and relaxing to fill the time.
But what kind of hobby should I choose? There are many options! Here are some suggestions if you don’t know what to pick up next.
Writing is a good way to unzip and be creative
Picking up and writing a notebook or laptop is a great way to reduce stress. You can write anything about what you want! Would you like to start that novel idea? Or why not try the script? The only limitation is your imagination.
Even journaling can be a great hobby. Writing can help you thaw and deal with stress and anxiety. Best of all, it’s basically free! Hobbies can be expensive quickly, but it only takes a few notebooks and pens to write.
If you don’t want to, you don’t even have to share what you write. However, there are many online opportunities to share your work and connect with like-minded people. Writing as a hobby can be a stepping stone to more!
Turn your hobby into a side gig and earn extra cash
Many people are currently in financial difficulty. Being unemployed, underemployed, or unemployed can be very stressful. If you’re having trouble achieving your goals, or if you can afford to spend extra cash, it’s a good idea to consider turning one of your existing hobbies into a side gig.
Do you enjoy knitting, baking, drawing and enjoying woodworking? If so, you are probably always thinking about what to do with your work. You can’t keep them all, and your family probably already has enough hats. Would you like to sell what you made? You will find a good home for these special items, make people happy, and cover your costs (and some). It’s mutually beneficial!
If you decide to turn your hobby into a side gig, don’t forget to keep things tidy. You will have to pay taxes on what you earn, and no one will withhold it for you. Check it out a bit before you start.
Learning musical instruments is another great stress reliever
Listening to music is a great way to reduce stress — and so is playing it. Studies show that listening to music for 30 minutes a day lowers blood pressure and helps reduce anxiety and stress.
Learning to play an instrument is challenging and fulfilling. There are plenty of choices, from small harmonica to huge upright basses. In addition, one day your musical talent will impress your friends and family.
Indoor or outdoor gardening is a great hobby for stress relief
One of the most satisfying things in life is helping something grow. Gardening is a great hobby that offers great rewards while being devoted. Not only can you reduce stress, but you can also harvest the grown ones, or at least enjoy the aesthetics.
As long as you choose the right plants, you can create a garden in almost any space. Indoor gardening may be more restricted, but there are still many plants that thrive inside. Sometimes the hardest part of gardening is choosing your plant! Start with the simple ones and work towards the noisier plants.
Be cunning and be creative
Do you like working with your hands? Why don’t you become cunning and create a project that you can use in your daily life? For hobbies such as knitting, crocheting, sewing and engraving, you can create something you can use or give as a gift from scratch.
Craft-based hobbies are great for relieving stress and give you the satisfaction of making something with your own hands. Your friends and family will love the compassionate gifts you make just for them!
Try different things
Hobbies are very personal and everyone has different interests. It can take some time to find a hobby to click on. Take the time to experiment with things before you buy too many ingredients or get too involved. There is nothing worse than getting stuck in a canvas or yarn that you never use.
And remember that your hobby should relieve your stress and not cause any more! Enjoy it to see. Create.