Hobbies that are great for anxiety

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

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

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.


🧵 Crafting

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

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.


🏃 Exercise

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.


👩🏽‍🍳 Cooking

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.


🎨 Coloring

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! 😊

21 Replies to “Hobbies that are great for anxiety”

  1. Aidah Nakiwala says: Reply

    Thanks so much for the post! It is life changing. I personally love reading novels and perhaps its my hobby. Though, I didn’t know it is an anxiety reliever. I’m going to continue reading novels per the advice.

    1. AWESOME! I tend to think that tv is a good way to rewind…however…i learned HERE that it is NOT good and i will change ways of relaxing! Taking a walk with camera and then reading is wonderful…i bring book with me and do both!! I enjoy working on stain glass and gardening…plants are very calming to me. I love to watch JOYCE MYERS..a bible teacher in VERY REAL TO LIFE WAY OF SHARING her road to spirituality. My God…as i understand him, provides much peace and inner joy to everyday!

      1. Saida Harrell says: Reply

        I love your comment and I am gonna try to do that as well. It is hard to get out of the house and not having walking buddy to do it. Bit it is worth it I guess. I used to listen to Joyce Meyer too…!

      2. Thank you🙏..

        When my mind and body collapsed by anxiety, I will start to scroll an Instagram for many hours and watch television..
        You have proved it wrong.. Yes, I will try something better among that you have recommended for us. 😍

        1. Delawoe Nyanyo says: Reply

          I love playing Badminton, it helps me to step away from my thoughts. The article is simple and beautifully written.
          Thank you.

    2. Hey mam…I love reading , cooking as well as drawing…but in today’s busy schedule I fail to allot time to read and draw. Correctly said that it’s a great stress reliever…thank u for motivating to dust out the forgotten hobbies..let me give a kick start..

  2. Md.Ali Sabir says: Reply

    That was awesome

  3. I am always blessed to meet pipo that build my life 😍 thank you

  4. Journal my thoughts to help me clear my mind and see clearly the core issue in my life. Thanks a lot for this. Please keep up the great work 🙂

  5. Thank you. I hope i will do it🙏

  6. Today I’m going to try to change my negative mindset and I would really like to become a positive person again. I had a daughter would was killed in a tragic car accident several years ago and obviously it has left me totally devastated so I’m trying to become a positive, happy person again. Here I go! I’m looking forward to see what I can do to turn my life around for the sake of my mental health and for my family.

    1. Pandikumar S says: Reply

      Thanks. It is useful for me. I impressed. This topic and hobbies. You did well. Congratulations.
      My hobbies are reading books, meditation and exercise. I will try new things from what you shared about these hobbies.

  7. Shahzeen Fatima says: Reply

    It was soo useful ❤️
    Thank you soo much for this ❤️

  8. Thank you, very useful information 💖

  9. Thanks 😊 yes, I love crafting. Now I’m into origami!

  10. Sujata Debnath says: Reply

    Thank you so much for your suggestions 😊

    1. Pandikumar S says: Reply

      Thank you…

  11. I will try atleast two of those tips.

    1. Helena Martins says: Reply

      I find it a bit weird what is commonly said about TV and social media. I understand the news can cause anxiety, or certain types of movies or series. But my head falls on the screen if I dare to scroll at night. Also, I gave up on watching movies or series, because I repeatedly fall asleep, no matter how exciting is the movie I’m watching, and oftenly the same happens to my husband. Are we overtired or we’re just weird?

  12. That’s was so helpful thanks
    My hobbies are do exercise, reading and cooking

  13. Prasad Kishor Mapari says: Reply

    I am learning musical instrument ukulele . I draw Rangoli it’s my hobby . When I feel bored ,I watch storytelling videos on YouTube which helps me to improve myself . I go for all walk around. I call to friends.

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