Top Hobbies for Stress Relief

When we’re feeling stressed, one of the easiest things to do is curl up under a blanket and binge watch a TV show. While this might make us feel better in the short-term, ignoring our problems like this is extremely unhealthy in the long term.

The best thing that you can do for yourself if you’re feeling stressed is to find a fun or rewarding activity that reduces your stress levels. Only you will know what the best fit for your life is, but if you’re running out of ideas, here are a few that we’ve come up with to help you out. These hobbies are all great at reducing stress.

Yoga

Yoga is one hobby that many people believe is a fantastic way to relieve stress. You don’t need to practice it every day in order to reap the benefits of a class, and there are tons of different practices to choose from.

All yoga classes are designed to help us feel more centered and grounded, especially a class that’s advertised as restorative, or Yin yoga. These classes are full of long, extended poses that are easy on the body, and encourage our muscles to relax into the stretch. During a class, the teacher will often direct the class’s breathing, which can help even the most anxious and stressed out person regulate their breath, which will in turn have a positive effect on their overactive mind and racing heart.

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Knitting

Knitting is another great hobby that encourages relaxation and can help people who are feeling stressed out. Knitting is basically just making knots in yarn using two needles, and although it takes a bit of attention when we’re first learning, it soon becomes rote. Knitting is also a repetitive motion, and by focusing on the repeated action of the yarn and needles in your hand, you can take your mind off anything else that happens to be bothering you.

Researchers claim that this mental state is similar to the way our brain behaves during meditation. Plus, at the end, you get a beautiful handknit garment to wear.

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Swimming

Another great hobby that can be beneficial for people that are stressed out is swimming. It’s a great form of exercise since it’s easier on your body than running, because there’s no impact, and it’s a great way to build both strength and stamina.

Another reason that swimming is great for stress relief is because it helps us to regulate our physical response to stress without conscious thought. Stressed out people often find it hard to breathe deeply on their own, but when we’re swimming, our bodies are so focused on trying to stay above water that it’s difficult to think about anything else.

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