Mental health problems across the world have reached huge highs in recent years, with the likes of the pandemic and opioid crisis in the USA having a huge impact.
It’s believed around 20% of adults in the USA suffer from anxiety, with people dealing with it in a host of different ways. For many, unfortunately, it’s a pathway of drug addiction, with well over half a million people in the country misusing fentanyl at present, while the likes of alcohol dependencies are also at all-time highs.
Of course, in such cases, getting help is incredibly important, and far more is needed than simply finding a hobby.
However, get on the pathway to recovery, and channelling energy into hobbies is incredibly important. Stress busting hobbies are great for anyone who suffers from stress, anxiety or any other form of mental health problem. But what are the best hobbies for reducing stress?
While it may not exactly be the time of year for gardening, it’s still a good time to get things prepared for the Spring when your flowers start to blossom.
Gardening is one of the true stress busters and can be calming incredibly quickly. There’s something about the rhythmic nature of planting and watering, combined with the sights and smells of nature itself that can really put you at ease.
What’s more, you can add plants that offer calming scents into your garden, such as lavender, elevating that sensory experience.
Continuing the nature theme, getting out into the open and taking a long hike is a great way to dust off the cobwebs of day-to-day life and enjoy some clean air and forget about the world.
The exercise, combined with natural surroundings is among the ultimate stress busters and you can’t help but feel refreshed after, albeit with slightly achy legs.
While a career as a chef or in hospitality may not be the most stress free of careers, in fact quite the opposite, cooking can be a relaxing and therapeutic experience.
The kitchen is a great place to experiment, while you can also cook up some tasty meals with ingredients that in themselves can reduce stress. It’s a double whammy.
Alongside this, joining a cooking club is not only a way to get everything of the above, but also make new friends and form new communities too.
Having a project is always a good idea when trying to reduce stress. It gives you something else to focus on, gives you something to go back to time and time again, while also there’s a real sense of achievement once it’s completed.
Crafts are brilliant for this, especially during the winter months as you can make Christmas decorations, knit blankets and jumpers and so much more.
Think about what you like, or perhaps something that you’ve always wanted to make, and set yourself a project. You can even hand your crafts out as gifts to loved ones!
All forms of exercise are brilliant for stress relief, but it’s wild swimming that has been getting some huge plaudits of late.
The trend has really taken off and it’s proven to be amazing for boosting mood. It’s a great way to start the day, but of course do be careful where you do swim, and it can always be a good idea to join a group and get guidance through it.