Lots of people suffer from some form of anxiety nowadays. Watching television or scrolling through social media can increase anxiety so it’s important to have other kinds of hobbies.
One of the great benefits of having a hobby is that it can redirect your focus from your anxiety thoughts to something that you enjoy doing and give you a sense of purpose. So, in this post, I’m going to share a few hobbies that are great for people who want to calm their overactive minds. Feel free to try at least one of these hobbies or activities. Just choose what feels good for you!
Photography is a wonderful hobby for mental health. It allows you to be present at the moment, so those intrusive thoughts will be long gone and your mind will be at ease. It can help give you a little motivation to leave the house and take some long walks in fresh air to explore nature through the lens of a camera.
Reading helps you relax because you give your mind a break from anxious thoughts by getting caught up in a book. Reading allows you to go to other places that will help take your mind off of your own anxiety.
Anything crafty can be a great distraction and relaxing. It can be doing a DIY gift, crocheting, doing an activity jar, sewing and so much more.
Journaling can be extremely beneficial to your anxiety and overall mental health. By writing everything down you can easily process your thoughts and feelings. Maintaining a journal can be a great hobby that will help you gain control of your feelings and improve your mental wellbeing.
Any exercise is good for anxiety and stress relief. Just choose what works best for you. But in my personal opinion, the best exercise for anxiety is doing yoga.
For some people it can be stressful, for others it’s a very therapeutic hobby. Also, the food you eat can also affect your mood. So, cooking healthy meals is also good for your overall mental health.
The act of coloring can be relaxing and the finished product offers a sense of reward. You’re also practicing mindfulness because you reconnect to the present moment. You can easily find tons of adult coloring books to help relieve stress and anxiety.
🚶♀️ Going for walks
Go outside and go for a walk. Surround yourself with trees, or by the beach, somewhere away from buildings and people. It’s one of the best things to clear the mind and feeling relaxed. Try using a fitness tracker and hitting a step goal every day.
Having something to help you clear your mind is great for those who tend to be anxious. Try something on here that you’ve never done before and see what types of benefits you can gain.
What are your favorite hobbies that are good for anxiety? Let me know in the comments! 😊