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Readers Respond: Top Hobby Ideas for Stress Relief

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Updated January 10, 2011

Finding a hobby can be a simple and effective way to relieve stress. A hobby can be an outlet for eustress, a source of gratification, and a much-needed break from the daily stress of life. Has finding a hobby helped you to relieve stress in your life? What's worked well for you in relieving stress? What benefits have you found from your hobby? Share your best stress-relief hobby ideas below, and see what hobbies bring stress relief to others. Share Your Ideas!

Outdoor activities

After work, I always go to gameplace on the mall... I play my favorite basketball, it helps a lot to maintain my balance life.
—Guest PillowGEe

Learning

I feel variety is the spice of life...and always one should have the attitude of learning while experiencing life.
—Guest prakash

Gardening

Find a place and create your own garden, lawn etc. Plant the new things which are unique. And spend your stress time with them to release stress. Think about nature. I think nature is the best.
—Guest zonash

Manual Arts

Manual arts or crafts are good anti-stress means as they create an environment for the mind to fly and you can be busy looking for the elements you need for the handcraft and so you can spend time thinking of something nice. I used to watch Art Attack and other shows of this kind on TV. I really love them and I spend a good time watching. Also, downloading materials on the topic from the internet is great fun.
—Guest Zenaida

Best Hobby

Best hobby is to practice buddhism in everyday life. I was depressed for 2 years and the only thing that got me out was wisdom & insight Buddhism provided a lot. I was able to look inside me, understand myself better, understand others better, and understand the how the world around me was operating. No situation around me changed, but mere understanding the truth of things gave me incomparable peace and secenity. Nothing can give more happiness in life than being close to TRUTH
—Guest noone

Hobbies For Stress Relief

My partner and I get away from it all in our Caravan, usually every other weekend. It's cheap, get plenty of fresh air and exercise.
—Guest Ian

Cooking

Why not make cooking a hobby! Most people dread coming home from work and cooking dinner. But, if you scour cookbooks for new recipes, make your grocery shopping trip an adventure by buying ingredients that are new to you, come home and turn on some music, and make cooking fun, it can be a great stress reliever. It won't take up much time either, because it's something you have to do anyway. Try some ethnic dishes you haven't had before to widen your horizons.
—Guest dayiannaki

I Make Scarves

I'm not very good at crocheting--I have one thing I make regularly: scarves. However, I love doing it! Being able to crochet basic things gives me something to do if I want to just get into a meditative state, and it also allows me entry into knitting circles and yarn clubs, where I can connect with my friends who are more into the creativity of this hobby, without having to put too much time into it. (This works well when I'm really busy and just need some quick hobby time.)
—Guest Crochet Queen

Piano

I love to play the piano. I used to play quite a bit as a kid, and taught for a while as an adult, but I've gotten so busy that I don't have a ton of time for practice. This used to cause quite a bit of stress--I'd beat myself up for not being as dedicated of a player as I could--but now I've learned to just enjoy playing the few songs I have memorized, and perhaps learn some new ones when I have time. Getting perfectionistic with hobbies can take away their benefits, but just enjoying them in whatever form they work for me, I enjoy them very much.
—Guest Elizabeth

Hobbies For Stress Relief

I don't have family that live close by, so I hop a bus to the mall with my crochet needles, diary, snacks and whatever and sit on my days off, especially when it is cold such as now:)
—Guest glenda

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