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Decrease Stress Levels with a Hobby

Benefits of pursuing stress reducing hobbies

What are hobbies for if not for getting your mind off things, while enjoying something that you are passionate about? If you lead a relaxed and quiet life, you may not perceive your non-obligatory activities as hobbies, but rest assured that those who spend their busy days surrounded by stress definitely do. The focus of this article will be the importance of hobbies for stress relief, when it comes to the latter group of people.

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Put your thoughts on paper and create stories or novels, or just write for fun,
which is a great way to reduce your stress.

Taking a Break

It is common knowledge that working for hours without stopping can not only evoke stress, but also a decrease in productivity. There are many theories, such as the Pomodoro technique, that claim that short bursts of activity, with short breaks in between provide the best results. Regardless of whether this, or larger chunks of work, complemented with larger breaks suits your personality, one thing is clear – you definitely need to give your mind some rest while working! Quite appropriately, there is no better way of unwinding than focusing on your hobby; on something that you enjoy. The best part here is that you won’t be feeling guilty about procrastinating – these are breaks with a purpose – you will stay productive even while resting!

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Knitting has experienced a renewed interest in the recent years, owing to some
of celebrities (women and men) using it to escape everyday stress.

Gratification

Hobbies put us in a near-meditative state, where we lose track of time and separate ourselves from things in life that stress us out. Gratifications are challenges, which require us to use our bet personal skills, putting us into a sense of flow, which further leads to stress reduction, as well as engages a sense of well-being. Hobbies are a gateway to gratifications, which bring us closer to a state of tranquility.

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Painting can be a tremendous fun, allowing you to express yourself in a vivid and
colourful manner, fogetting all about stress and enjoying your creative moments.

Health Benefits

Stress is psycho-somatic, it impacts our health greatly and influences more than our mood. Alternatively, hobbies provide the mentioned stress-relief, which automatically makes us feel better, both in our minds and in our bodies. Enjoyable activities performed in our leisure time can be associated with lower blood pressure and cortisol, improved waist circumference and the bettering of our BMI (body mass index). Health, however, incorporates both the physical and the psychological, and pleasurable activities are correlated with higher levels of positive mental states and lower levels of depression. Finally, according to a psychologist from Sydney, hobbies help mitigate eating disorders, which, as we know it, are the modern-day plague.

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If you are a patient type (or desire to become one), origami hobby is a good way
to learn a new hobby that will reduce your stress levels, while you create fun shapes.

Stave off Burnout

One of the main points of having a hobby is bringing a sense of freedom and fun, which minimizes chronic stress. They are outlets for stress, as well as something to look forward to after a hard day’s work. Hobbies buffer the effects of stress and alleviate the factors that cause burnouts.

Replacement for Social Activities

Socializing with friends is always something to look forward to – in addition to the fact that hanging out with people you like and respect breathes good mood and laughter, it also serves as a way of keeping your mind off things that stress you out.

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For those who are more active, or need to become so, exercising is a fantastic way
to combine the benefits of being fit and having a healthy outlet for your stress.

Unfortunately, people aren’t always at your disposal – it is more than likely that your friends, too, suffer from busy schedules. A perfect replacement for days when you just can’t get ahold of your favorite people, hobbies bring both fun and distraction to the table. Additionally, although nothing can replace human interaction, having an activity you are passionate about generally means that there is always something pleasurable to do at your disposal.

The best aspect of hobbies is the fact that they really have to be something you like doing. If you are able to say that your hobby and your profession are the same thing, well, good for you; if not, you can always turn procrastination into something enjoyable, fun and, above all, useful and rewarding!

All above images courtesy of Pixabay

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Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys freelance writing on many subjects, including crafts and hobby ideas.

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