Research shows hobbies reduce stress, encouraging a more balanced state of mind, body, and emotions.
Hobbies also help encourage greater creativity and bring passion back into your life. So although hobbies reduce stress, why are they so undervalued?
In modern day life, adults and children are so conditioned by busyness and addicted to modern technology. We have forgotten how to switch off and relax. We seem to have lost how to simply be, simply play. So many of us don’t even seem to know how to begin to engage in more healthier activities and states of being that our soul was born to do. Never mind recognising hobbies reduce stress.
Think back to your childhood what did you naturally love to do?
Maybe it was just getting out in the fresh air, to be active or wild swinging from the trees or maybe you always sought new adventures.
Perhaps you loved designing your next creation; making a den, dolls dress. painting or drawing a beautiful picture?
Maybe it was learning, reading, listening to playing or making music. Remember how enjoyable and relaxing these activities were and could be.
Today List 5 Things You Loved To Do As A Child.
And over the next few days thinking about how you could bring that natural passion back into your life. How to use these hobbies to reduce stress and bring some fun into your life.
It doesn’t matter if you believe you aren’t very good at a hobby or not. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or believes. It is about doing what you naturally love to do. It is about following your heart, what sparks a bit of passion, inspiration, joy or even hope. Let’s take Einstein he was viewed as being mentally underdeveloped, Thomas Edison was classed as too stupid to learn anything and Walt Disney was once told that he wasn’t creative enough.
As a Stress Therapist for over 18 years, I regularly explain the importance of hobbies to help clients relax and let go of their anxiety and stress. Relaxing hobbies encourage the mind, body and emotions off the stress response into the relaxed state. In Life and Business hobbies get the creative spark going, as we move away from the logical and ferocious stress state into the more creative free and peaceful state.
Various types of hobbies reduce stress and increase inspiration. Forms of art therapy and creative expression in music, sound and even physical activity can give suffer’s of anxiety, depression, stress and anger challenges a healthy outlet to release painful held on to emotions.
So no matter if you loved to read, write, cook, bake, play music, make music, sing, dance, run around, be in nature, no matter if your housebound or bed bound, try a new or old hobby, the most simple pleasures can become your greatest and healthiest passions.
In my Quiet Time for Quiet Families Program I include a range of relaxing activities the whole family can do to relax, this includes our famous 5 Minute Meditation, Simple Mindful Colouring-In Activities for young children to help you and your family de-stress.
The ability to relax is vital in coping with modern day stress and anxiety. And one of the reasons more and more therapists and coaches are becoming Relaxation Teachers