June 06, 2018

Taking Stock: Finding The Right Hobbies That Relax You

Note: This post has been contributed.


We all need time to unwind and be ourselves again. If you work a very stressful job, taking the opportunity to calm down at the weekend, gives you the chance to relax, rest, and rejuvenate yourself, ready to do it all over again next week. If you find yourself a bit restless at the weekend, and constantly think about work, the key might be in the hobbies you pursue. We all need a relaxing hobby, and if you don't have something that gives you that opportunity to unwind and escape the world and its troubles, you need something beneficial. So, what are the best new hobbies you can begin?

Fishing
Fishing is one of those hobbies that, you might think is about catching a fish, when in actual fact it's more about the time beforehand. You can be a serious fisher, and invest in custom fly rods, a boat, and plough your life’s savings into the pursuit. But, you are better off, at the very outset, going to a lake, sitting down, and just observe the silence. Before you know it, 12 hours has passed by, and you've never felt so blissed out.

Journalling
If you find yourself getting worked up about next week's tasks, you need to undertake a brain dump. Getting your thoughts onto paper gives you the opportunity to work through them. Journalling is one of those pastimes that is chronically underrated. Taking a couple of hours, with a cup of coffee, sitting down, and working through your thoughts on paper, isn't just cathartic, but it is a wonderful way to spend a few hours by yourself.

Gardening
Gardening is one of those things that we appreciate as we get older, but, for all of the physical work involved, it is thoroughly relaxing. There's nothing quite like seeing the fruits, or vegetables, of your labor, grow over the weeks and months, into something that you can feel truly proud of. But, let's not get ahead of ourselves, planting a couple of things, out in the sunshine, and doing it at a leisurely pace is simple and effective for your mind.

Playing an Instrument
If you don't know how to play an instrument, the learning process can be incredibly frustrating, to say the least, but once you have developed the muscle memory, playing your favorite songs is a great way to unwind after a long day. Many people take up the guitar and play their favorite songs, and they are automatically transported to a relaxing place. The great thing about music is that it takes you back to a certain time in your life, and playing these songs yourself gives you a new appreciation for them, not to mention the fact that you are exercising your brain- those twiddly guitar solos are quite an achievement once you've figured them out! And even if you don't become an accomplished guitarist, you still have an abundance of chords at your disposal, so you can play along with pretty much anything.

Take the time to find what sort of hobby relaxes you. We all deserve something in our lives that isn't a stressful pursuit. And if you haven't got anything of the sort in your life, now's the time to sit down, take stock, and find the right one for you.

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