Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Enjoying a Hobby is a Great Way to Relieve Stress

A hobby is a great way to relieve stress. It is a healthy way to escape, even if it's for an hour, and give yourself a break from the reality pressures you have been dealing with all day. It is a diversion from all of the many responsibilities that crowd your mind from sun-up to sun-down. What do you have to show after running around all day, meeting unrelenting schedule demands? Probably a tired body and frazzled nerves. So adding a hobby allows you to forget about the stress of the day and focus on something else that you truly enjoy. Such a shift of attention is an opportunity to rejuvenate your body and soul. It gives you a fresh start to re-enter your sometimes chaotic world. Whatever the hobby, remember that not only are you clearing your mind of the daily tugs for your attention, but you are allowing your creativity to flourish doing something that is entertaining and satisfying for you.
Think about the idea of a hobby. There are no time constraints as you learn and pursue your hobby. You are your own boss. You choose who you will share your time with or whether you need solitude to re-energize. You set your own rules. That's why hobbies can be a way to relieve stress. You are having fun doing something you enjoy and getting satisfaction from the results.
A hobby allows you to explore your creative side. We all have talents within us and only we can discover this richness within. Consider what interests you and how you might want to spend your spare time. What have people commented about that you do well? Or if you are working behind a desk all day, or driving a car all day, maybe you want to find a type of exercise program--Zumba--Jazzercise--aerobics--tennis--that allows you to use some of that pent-up energy and flex the body muscles. If you work in a noisy office, maybe curling up with a book seems like a good idea. Maybe there are some crafts that you have been itching to try. Involving yourself in a hobby becomes not only a way to relieve stress, but a way to improve your overall well-being.

How to Choose a Hobby
When searching for a hobby to pursue, consider your interests, your lifestyle, and your budget. Find something that interests you and that you want to continue learning about, becoming more proficient in, and can maintain a passion. Since a hobby is a spare time activity, you want to choose something that does not become stress inducing itself

Hobby Examples
1. Reading. Reading is an inexpensive hobby. Libraries and bookstores are a great source for picking up books on your favorite topics, you can listen to a good story. Books are so portable and can be read in the quiet of your own home or on a nice getaway vacation spot.
2. Gardening. Gardening is another very popular hobby pursued by women. Gardening is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine as you can be creative with your planting schemes and devising a three-dimensional picture in your own yard. Some women think there is no better way to relieve stress than digging in the dirt. There is a sense of accomplishment and pride when you actually see things growing and can harvest vegetables or fruits from your own labor..
3. Cooking. Cooking can be a hobby which is both fun, creative and practical. Recipes can be found everywhere, from the internet, to magazines, to television shows, to newspapers, to friends. Some women have commented that kneading dough is a great way to relieve stress!! The benefits of this hobby is that you get to enjoy eating the creative results.
4. Photography.. Taking pictures allows you to view the world differently, thinking about what would be a good scene, or tell a great story in a picture. Photography allows you to be very creative, especially with the digital photos and computer enhancing technology. With the increased popularity of scrap-booking as a hobby, the importance of taking great pictures for posterity is even greater. In addition more people are enjoying genealogy research and documenting the family history. Technology has advanced the photography hobby by providing smaller and more portable cameras so that a camera can be available almost anywhere and no "memory moment" has to be lost.
Hobbies for women offer many options from which to choose. Remember to choose a hobby that fits with your lifestyle and budgetary limits, as well as your physical health considerations. Once you find your niche, you will begin to enjoy the benefits of satisfying your creative side as you enjoy a way of relieving stress.

By Ann Gatty
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C C ramirez said...


Whew! I was momentarily stunned, unnerved by the image you used for this post.

The surrounding was startlingly familiar as was the physique and age of the woman in the photo. I thought it was I.

However the caucasian face assured me that you have not really caught me working in the bush that we have been clearing, planting, repairing and shall very soon call home.

But this is the kind of "hobby" that shall be my reality for the next few years. I look forward to it with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Still have to muster courage to operate the ride-on mower and huge power tools. Am just learning how to start a worm farm (yaiks!!!)

Hello and warmest regards to everyone. Apologies that I have been rather away from contact lately.

Farmwork, apos-tolic work, packing, unpacking and getting this place we currently live in ready for my son and his family who are coming home from the USA, have taken me away from my beloved if arthritic computer.

But you are all always in my thoughts.

Safe and happy trip to Jo and Mike & family who are travelling home.

See you all soon.

lucille said...

Hi Cora,

It always warms the heart every time I can connect to batchmates who are living abroad . A comment,a sharing or a simple Hello through the blogsite add life to our page which had been our avenue to regroup and be one family. It had been our bonding page before the FACEBOOK became popular.
I am glad to know that you are into a new hobby and learning new things despite our age and the many activities we are busy about. I took time to look for an appropriate Pinay farmer for this post. I didn't find any...seems Pinays are still biased to working as farmers?gardeners.
We hope to see you soon tooand if I am not asking much a post or two when you are not occupied at home. Jo and Mike still need to announce they are home.
have fun in your newfound hobby !