The following 10 hobbies are fun activities that Sandra Glavan, Life Coach adopted to manage her anxiety. You don’t need to introduce all of these 10 activities, to relieve your anxiety.
One hobby is perfect enough.
1. Writing Expressively
I have intentionally listed writing at the top because I highly recommend to every person with anxiety to try expressive writing as a way of releasing their thoughts and emotions.
Expressive writing is a highly effective anxiety management technique, and in my experience once you start to notice the benefits you are likely to get pleasure from engaging in this activity.
2. Listening to Calming Music
Regularly listening to calming music can be a highly effective way to calm down quickly and ease your anxiety symptoms.
One study in 2017 concluded that
Music listening is associated with a decreased level of anxiety and distress.
This is one of my favorite hobbies for relieving anxiety, because I realized very early on that each time I would put on my headphones and listen to relaxing sounds on YouTube my anxiety would start to ease instantly.
I found this to be incredible, and putting on calming music became one of my emergency anti-anxiety measures.
3. Reading Empowering Books
A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%, so this is a highly effective hobby for people suffering from stress and anxiety.
Reading powerful books by beautiful authors such as Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle, Jen Sincero, Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Shakti Gawain, and Wayne Dyer, helped me to get out a very dark anxiety hole.
I can’t thank these people enough for spreading such powerful messages and I have come to love their work so much.
Without exaggeration, I have read some of their books over and over again and I still pick them up now and read a few random pages when I need to be inspired.
If you don’t have the time to read, you can listen to all of these books instead by signing up to a platform such as Audible.
View all 10 hobbies for stress relief below:
Hint: Could you enjoy walking, yoga or eating? Click below and find out!