Wednesday, 31 July 2019

7 underrated hobbies to calm a stressed mind

When you feel as though you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, nothing seems to shake you from this funk. Whether you’ve had a terrible day at work or felt overwhelmed at home, a handful of happy hobbies can do their bit to help you escape, release your stress and unwind a little.

Aside from the old composing a bedtime routine, embarking on gentle exercise and making plans for your diet, here are some amazing positive improvements to try to make in your life, with little to no cost! These most underrated hobbies are worth their weight in gold and you can't go wrong either, treat yourself to these as your new self care pick me ups to help melt away your troubles.

1. Spending time with your pets - no matter how big, how small, often nothing beats sitting and cuddling or watching your pet, spending time with them in your own special way. For me, giving my gerbils a cardboard tube or box or huge bundle of tissue paper and watching them play makes me feel so happy, the most satisfying thing for me is creating a whole amazing gerbil playground, complete with sand bath and metres of tissue roll on shavings to dig through!

2. Horse Riding - riding a horse is said to have soothing and calming effects on the brain according to research, not only for the time you get to spend around the beautiful animals and relationships you build with them but the gentle rocking motion soothes you as you ride. For an animal lover, this might be perfect solution! Visit for all the equipment you need to start your new hobby. Horse riding can be carried out on your own or with a group of friends, so you can decide what you’d feel most comfortable with and you will grow in confidence as you go!

3. Cooking - getting lost in a recipe can really help to soothe your soul. There is something relaxing, therapeutic, practical and so satisfying about cooking, why not try it out? You will end up with a delicious meal in the end and you will have enjoyed some much needed time on your own. 

4. Reading - when your own life is full of stress and anxiety it can be soothing to escape to another world for a short while. Reading can be a very calming activity that allows you to refresh your mind and switch off. Pick up a book that appeals to you and see how it works. From romantic novels to thrilling crime books, there are so many choices for this activity. 

5. Gardening - planting and caring for some small vegetables can be so therapeutic and offer a whole new dimension to your life! It's such a nice feeling seeing those first baby shoots appear from the soil and you can try your hand at growing anything, maybe bee friendly flowers to help the bee population, environment and soothe your own soul in the process! It can give you a whole new outlook, help you see the bigger picture and think about what you might be able to give back to life.

6. Swimming - the moment you glide into a swimming pool you instantly feel weightless. When you feel as though you have been carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, swimming can feel like the perfect antidote. Join your local leisure club and hit the pool a couple of times a week, you can ease into the flow of things by doing a few lengths each time. You can then build yourself up to doing more as your stamina and confidence improves.

7. Meditating - taking ten minutes a day to switch off from the outside world can have numerous positive effects on your mental wellbeing. With so many benefits to meditation, there are a million more reasons to try. Take the modern approach, invest in a calming app that helps you to focus on your breathing and see how it works for you.

Experiment with any of these hobbies and you will soon reap a sense of release. Give yourself permission as a stressed out parent, partner or employee to switch off your mind and relax each day. Every single person is completely unique, so what works for you might not necessarily work for others, it's all about experimenting and seeing what works for you! 

1 comment :

  1. Meditating is probably my favourite thing in your list - since I've started stretching and doing a bit of yoga in the evenings, it has changed my mindset so much and I go to sleep so relaxed and peaceful. These little things are so important so this blog post is awesome Elizabeth!

    Julia x
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