Relaxing activities

Stress is a problem for many people and nobody can escape the occasional feeling of stress, but we can definitely find out ways to reduce that annoying nagging feeling of anxiety.
“It’s important to have a stress-relieving hobby because there are so many things in our day to day lives that cause stress, and there are so few things in our day to day that actually helps counter that stress,” says John Turner, Founder of QuietKit, over email.

A poll by NPR found that a quarter of Americans report having stress in the previous month, and chronic stress can have a slew of negative health effects, including increased risk of heart disease, headaches, trouble sleeping, and more. Finding activities that help reduce your stress can improve both your physical and mental health. To improve your mood and feel a little more relaxed, try incorporating these 6 stress-relieving hobbies into your weekly schedule.

1. Journaling

Multiple studies show that keeping a journal can help reduce stress as well as symptoms of anxiety and depression. Writing down your thoughts helps you clarify your thoughts and emotions and reflect on your feelings, all in a healthy manner. “The advantages of writing is that there are no rules,” says Rebecca Lee, registered nurse and founder of RemediesForMe.com. “It just provides a creative way to privately express your thoughts and emotions.”

2. Gardening

A study from the Journal of Health Psychology found that gardening lowers the stress hormone cortisol and improves positive mood more so than other leisure activities such as reading. Gardening is grounding, brings you closer to the earth, and allows you to heal yourself by tending to other living things, and also you can decorate your garden however you want even using glow in the dark pebbles amazon specially for this. Not to mention it’s cheap and provides you with food, herbs, and beautiful flowers.

3. Listening To Music

Putting on your favorite album can do more than just provide you with some pleasant background music. “Music has a calming effect and can be used as stress-relieving therapy,” says Lee. Listening to music for at least 30 minutes a day can lower blood pressure, slow down your heart rate, and decrease stress and anxiety, according to Harvard Health.

4. Reading

Even just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress, according to research from the University of Sussex. Reading can help ease tension in the muscle as well as reduce heart rate, making it a healthy hobby to take on when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

5. Knitting

It’s time to ditch the stereotype that knitting is just for grandmas. The repetitive movement of knitting helps bring people into the moment, much like meditation, according to Psychology Today. This enhances the release of serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that helps you feel calm and positive.

6. Dancing

One might think that dancing is a good form of stress-relief because it requires cardiovascular activity, which can help boost endorphins, but research shows that the de-stressing benefits go beyond just exercise. One Italian found that people who took waltzing classes were happier than participants who just spent time on a bicycle or on the treadmill, according to Psychology Today.