If you’re feeling a bit out of sorts and need to find a way to relax, there are plenty of hobbies to help you get to total Zen. From outdoor activities around the house to simply writing down your thoughts, you can easily find solace.
Take advantage of the nice weather and head outside to de-stress for a bit. A recent study in the Netherlands suggested that gardening can help fight stress better than other leisurely activities like reading or listening to music. You’ll want to do research on your climate, though, and which plants are best for your area for a specific time of the year. The amount of sunlight, heat and moisture your yard gets will also help determine what green buddies you should plant.
Knitting and crocheting
If you’d rather stay indoors and double your relaxing time with crafting, opt for crocheting or knitting. The easier of the two hobbies is crocheting and you can find simple patterns and packs online through popular craft stores. Cross-stitching is also a simple process with pre-made designs available to purchase. But if you’re really feeling up for a challenge that will occupy your mind, try following along with knitting tutorials online and create a scarf for when the chilly weather comes back.
In recent years, adult coloring books have become increasingly popular. Sitting down and taking the time to focus on filling in spaces on a page may seem simple, but freeing your mind of everyday stressors can seriously help you relax. Online retailers have large varieties of coloring books available from your favorite TV shows and movies. You could also download a coloring app on your phone, like Happy Color, which is free (with advertisements) and allows you to color thousands of images.
Puzzles and games
Put on some calming music, clear the table and grab a puzzle. If you want a quick jigsaw getaway, go for a 500-piece puzzle. For those long weekends or at-home vacations, get a more involved 1,000- or 2,000-pieced challenge. Cooperative board and puzzle games are also great for de-stressing since you work together with friends or family to win (instead of stressfully competing against each other).
The benefits of journaling are quite extensive. Doing this simple task of writing down your thoughts can help you stay organized, assist you in setting and achieving your goals, clear your mind and inspire creativity. Quite possibly the best part about journaling is choosing a beautiful journal and then making it your own with fun designs. If you’re not sure where to start, look online for different types of journaling formats and pre-made templates.
Life can be incredibly hectic — especially right now. It’s important to know your limits, take a breath and set aside time to de-stress. Take up any one of these hobbies to get a head start on reaching total relaxation.