10 Hobbies That Help Fight Anxiety And Stress

Stress and anxiety are daily and inevitable thing – every day, our work and personal life stresses us out, and while more obstacles are hurdled at us daily, we don’t have nearly enough in comparison to combat and counter that stress. For those of us who are on a tight budget, we can’t go to the spa weekly or a getaway to Turks and Caicos – so here are some hobbies you can take up to easily fight that anxiety and stress.

1. Journaling
Studies show that journaling can reduce stress and anxiety. It’s cathartic – writing down your thoughts and expressing them in words allows you digest your thoughts, be more reflective, and self aware. Like self therapy!

2. Baking
This is actually a form of aromatherapy – we knew there was a reason behind why we chilled out so much when we smell chocolate chip cookies! Baking has an automatic calming effect and a positive overall effect on emotions, as well as a sense of pride and accomplishment.

3. Coloring/Painting
Art is a great meditative form of therapy it’s highly soothing, whether you want to go with some Bob Ross style painting, or just filling out an adult coloring book. Different colors can impact your mood and heighten creativity along with sharpening your mind. Purple incites meditative qualities, yellow with optimism, and blue with tranquility. Relieve your tension and paint some trees!

4. Knitting/Crocheting
Hey, hey, knitting and crocheting isn’t just for old ladies! The repetition of the action actually lets you focus and profess your thoughts more effectively. Basically, it helps you practice mindfulness. This in turn helps release serotonin, which makes you feel happy and calm.