Whether you love your job or you’re just in it for the pay check every week, one thing is certain: you need to find time to relax away from the hustle and bustle of work. If you have a physical job like construction or landscaping, you may want to find a hobby that exercises your mind; likewise, if you have a desk job, doing something physical like gardening may be a better solution. Luckily, there are hobbies for all walks of life, personalities, and interests. Are you an introvert? Consider doing puzzles or mystery solving; extroverted? Take a cooking class and invite your friends over to showcase your new culinary skills, or host a book club. The possibilities are endless! Here are just a few ideas to get you relaxed and stress-free:

Puzzles

Perfect for the shy, introvert-types, puzzles are a great way to spend some quality time alone. When most people think of puzzles they envision jigsaw puzzles, but there are many more that can give your brain a workout as well. Crosswords, word search, Sudoku, cryptograms and more will have you putting your thinking cap on!

Sleuthing

This is another great activity to do solo; or, you can get the whole family involved for some fun adventure! Have you heard of subscription boxes? Well, there’s one for sleuthing – each month you get a box with clues to a new mystery and you have to solve it. Follow the clues that are included and work with the online community that’s set up. You can be the next Jessica Fletcher or Inspector Clouseau!

Gardening

Not only is this a relaxing activity, it will make your yard look great too! With some annuals surrounded by perennial wild flower seeds and some hosta plants, your garden is sure to be the envy of the neighborhood. The designs are virtually limitless; try adding solar lighting, bird feeders, and other decorative ornaments to enhance the look of your garden.

Embrace the Outdoors

Do you love getting outside and being one with nature? No matter where you live, or what your climate is, you can find something that suits your tastes. Hiking, camping (even winter camping!), bird watching and skiing are just a few activities that you can enjoy. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

Yarn Crafts

This has become a lost art, and it’s time to bring it back! Knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, and embroidery are just a few things you can learn. Not only will you learn a new skill but you will make beautiful and functional pieces of clothing and art that you can give as gifts, and hand down to future generations.

Cooking

Whether you want to learn basic cooking skills or enhance your existing skills, there is a class for you. Most local universities offer cooking classes for all levels. This is a great ‘excuse’ to invite your friends and neighbors over for a night of fun and fellowship.

Art

Art can take on many forms, such as calligraphy, drawing, coloring, and even photography. Let your creative side take over and do something that unleashes your artistic side. Most communities offer art classes, and there are many online courses that teach everything from photography to drawing.

If you have a hobby you currently love, but are looking for something different, try one of the ideas above to give your brain a boost and keep your creative juices flowing. Hobbies are a great way to relieve stress, and considering the many health issues that can arise from worry, anxiety and stress, it’s worth it to take up a hobby that fits with your personality and lifestyle.


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