Stress can overwhelm even the calmest of people and completely absorb all their energy and attention. We live in a world overrun by stress; global urbanization, competition, constant reliability on technology and pollution, create a breeding ground for stress. Although we can’t always control external factors, we can relieve our internal stress in some simple ways. Following a hobby is one of the best ways to relieve stress.
Have you ever enjoyed an activity so much that you lost track of time? That’s the theory behind using hobbies as stress relief. Here’s how hobbies work in reducing stress
Provides the much needed break
Participating in pastimes you enjoy, like cooking, playing a sport, writing or photography gives your mind a break from anxiety because you’re focusing on a completely different activity . This is especially true for people who feel overburdened by work, responsibilities and the daily doldrums.
Not all stress is bad stress. For those of you who feel under stimulated, hobbies provide a good source of eustress, the healthy kind of stress we all need to feel excited about life. Hobbies can do wonders in providing meaning and fun, and break up a boring schedule.
Many hobbies involve group activities and allow people to connect, share ideas and techniques. Having friends you can have fun with is a great way to relieve stress. Hobbies help you build new relationships or strengthen old ones.
A study suggests that people who engage in physical leisure activities for at least 20 minutes once a week are less susceptible to fatigue. Hobbies that involve physical activity help you stay fit and also induce high levels of positivity.
Stress can be dangerous to both, body and mind. It can also cause strain in relationships at home and beyond. DO NOT ignore it! After all, the solution is simple; all it takes is to do something you like to do, on a regular basis. Go ahead and pick your hobby and move closer to stress-free living.