24 Hobbies To Help Relieve Stress

24 Hobbies To Help Relieve Stress

Too much time online can increase stress, so pick up one of these hobbies when you want to relax and enjoy yourself!
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A new year brings hopes of new and exciting adventures, but it also brings new anxieties and causes of stress as well. Winter dwindles, and we grow restless. School or work picks up again after the holidays, and our exhaustion picks up again too.

When I get home from a long day of classes, I want to relax and enjoy myself. For some reason, however, staring at my phone or computer screen and taking endless naps don't seem to do the trick. So turn off the electronics and pick up one of these many simple hobbies that can be extremely therapeutic and incredibly enjoyable.


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1. Collect something.

It doesn't have to be expensive, and you may have already started without realizing. I started picking up old cameras at antique stores because of my love for photography, and before I knew it I had dozens. It's an easy way for friends to find a good birthday gift for you as well!


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2. Explore new music.

Try listening to that band you've told your friend you'd listen to for the past 6 months. Listen to a genre you've never cared for. Listen to a song so many times that you know every word. Music is a great way to unwind.


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3. Do a puzzle.

Despite what you might think, puzzles aren't just for the elderly. I recently found a Star Wars puzzle at the store and had a really fun time putting it together with my roommates. It was challenging, but also relaxing. Word puzzles can be a lot of fun, too!


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4. Do some coloring.

If you haven't heard about the "adult coloring" craze, you better jump on board quick. Stores are filled with therapeutic coloring books, and people don't hesitate to buy them. Why? Because they work.


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5. Try journaling.

Even if it's just a sentence a day, journaling is proven to help you process events in your life better, and it can even be exciting to look back on in the future. And yes, guys can totally do this too.


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6. Get a pet.

While this may end up causing more stress if you're not ready for one, having a living companion can be immensely comforting. Even if it's something relatively small and low-maintenance like a hamster or turtle, having the responsibility over another living thing can lift your spirits and zap your stress away.


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7. Teach your pet new tricks.

If you already have a pet, try teaching it some new tricks. The routine of working on it can be a fun way to spend your down time at home, and the bonding you experience with your pet is sure to relieve stress as well.


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8. Get plants to take care of.

If animals aren't the best idea for you at the moment, try taking care of plants. Watching them flourish and grow is not only rewarding, but it is something to do daily that will help you flourish as well.


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9. Read a book.

Get off Facebook. Stop reading BuzzFeed. Pick up an actual book and read it! If you already read books for school or work, make sure to find a pleasurable book that's for your personal enjoyment.


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10. Knit something.

It's really not difficult at all, and you can make some fantastic items to wear or gift to others. With the tutorials and instructions we have at such easy access all over the internet, what excuse could you have to not try something new like this?


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11. Paint by number.

The picture above was taken by my friend last summer when I decided a "paint by number" might be a really relaxing way for me to spend my Saturdays. Six hours later, I couldn't be more content and stress-free. You don't have to have artistic ability, just be patient and have fun!


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12. Bake some desserts.

Now I don't mean grabbing a package of pre-made cookie dough and plopping it on a cookie sheet. I mean actually baking. Crack some eggs, measure some flour, and get your hands dirty for crying out loud. The time you spend baking or cooking won't only be rewarding by the yummy treats you make, but you'll find yourself happy and relaxed as well.


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13. Learn to play an instrument.

I started playing guitar 7 years ago because I convinced myself to finally go and buy one and just try it. If you don't want to get that extravagant, try something simpler (and cheaper) like a ukulele or a harmonica. Watch some YouTube tutorials in your spare time, and enjoy spending your down time learning to make some tunes.


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14. Play cards.

Whether it's a slow paced game of solitaire by yourself or a chaotic game of "Jack Slap" with your friends, a hands on game of cards not only stimulates your brain, but can be stress relieving, too.


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15. Watch a documentary.

Stop binge watching Orange is the New Black and try checking out the documentary section on Netflix for a change. You'll find it's actually quite enjoyable to learn new things and you'll actually feel productive and inspired.


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16. Learn a new language.

You don't have to have a goal of being trilingual in 6 months to explore a new language. It's exciting just to be at the grocery store and know how to say the names of different fruits in Italian, or maybe you just want to finally figure out what Lady Marmalade is saying in her song.


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17. Go hammocking.

Nothing feels better than swinging in the breeze and reading a book. Even better, grab yourself a double hammock and someone to snuggle with.


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18. Go camping.

Stop complaining about how you have nothing to do on a Friday night and try going camping! It's an experience that everyone has to try, and if you end up enjoying it a lot, it could be a new monthly or even weekly ritual for you.


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19. Find a regular place to volunteer.

The true reward of volunteering comes when faces become familiar and it fills you up more than it drains you. Find a program that pairs at-risk youth with mentors or be a part of a team that delivers meals to the elderly.


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20. Take up running.

If you're thinking "absolutely not" right now, then this idea is especially for you. You don't have to athletic or fast to enjoy running. Breaking a sweat and having sore muscles every once in a while is a stimulating experience, and exercising is sure to relieve your stress.


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21. Go to a museum.

Go stare at a painting for an hour or get an actual tour guide to teach you what you don't know about your city's local museum that you've been to a thousand times. Learning is not only fun, but it's a great way to spend your chill time.


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22. Learn origami.

Again, there is an abundance of resources on the internet to try something like this. Maybe instead of just throwing your old grocery list away, you can transform it into a beautiful swan. It may seem silly, but I guarantee you'll enjoy it more than you think.


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23. Go stargazing.

No matter how far from you have to drive from home before you can really see them, experiencing the beauty of the night sky will always be worth it. Grab a blanket, some friends, and enjoy the peace and quiet that's always there when you look for it.


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24. Practice calligraphy.

Who knows, maybe by the next birthday on the calendar you'll be able to make a fairly impressive card instead of buying an overpriced one from the drugstore. It's a great excuse to write your name over and over, and with practice, you might find not only relieve some stress, but you might impress yourself too.

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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

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You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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