Four Creative Hobbies to Take Up for Stress Relief
An idle mind is the devil’s playground. Everyone needs an outlet for their thoughts, their frustrations, or their creativity. It’s part of human nature to express one’s self, to communicate emotions, dreams, and desires.
But nowadays, most people work nine to five in a crucible, a coffin where their youth’s hopes remain buried, slowly sinking to oblivion from the weight of the world—the stress of life.
Don’t let your dreams die. Find avenues where you can express yourself. Set your soul free from stress through any of these creative hobbies.
Write a Journal
One quick way of expressing one’s self is through writing. Try writing on a notebook first. Computers are convenient, yes, but nothing beats traditional paper. The feel of your pen stroking the parchment excites your creative juices, unleashing the floodgates of language.
But if you think your passion is in writing and want to make a living out of it, which means you need to write more and write fast, then consider getting a portable smart typewriter for writers.
Using one gives you the speed and convenience of a computer keyboard but without the distractions of the internet since smart typewriters are purely word processors and not gimmicky laptops with web browsers and apps. Don’t worry. Smart typewriters are still connected to the Net. They automatically save your work to your chosen cloud: Google Drive, Dropbox, Postbox, or Evernote.
With one, you can pour words and verses over your frustrations, reforming your stress into musings. You can even finish and publish a book in the process.
If words fail you, perhaps you lean more toward the visual arts. You aren’t limited to grammar and language when drawing; thus, you can let loose your creativity on a canvas.
Don’t be daunted by the technicalities of the trade. You don’t need to be a genius such that you can paint a Picasso right out the bat. The point of getting into art is to provide an outlet for your stress; if you can produce a magnum opus as a by-product of your hobby, then that’s a bonus. Besides, all masters were novices once.
A good way to start your fine-art adventure is by tracing a picture, but if you think that bores you, you can try other suggested methods for beginners. Don’t fret if you only create mediocre pieces at first. At least you’ve created something, and that, by itself, is an achievement. You’re already ahead of those who haven’t even taken a step yet to making their dreams a reality.
Whereas pens and paintbrushes create tangible art, playing music produces magic that’s fleeting—gone as soon as the song ends. A good tune can leave a lasting effect on one’s spirit but ultimately shrinks into the back of the mind until the song is repeated. And that’s the appeal of music: nothing beautiful ever lasts.
Listening to music isn’t as wonderful as playing an instrument. With the latter, you’re part of the process, part of the magic, and your brain also benefits a lot more. Thus, when your fingers dance with the ebony and ivory on your piano keyboard, you’re easing the pressure off your mind. Even when your limbs flail and kick on the drums, your unleashed frustrations turn into rhythmic pleasure.
Perhaps the challenge that stops people from getting into music as a passion is the instruments themselves. The good ones are expensive, but once procured, your instrument will accompany you like a dear friend—undying if properly maintained.
Explore the World
Travelling can be a hobby too, and a creative one in terms of planning your itinerary, of preparing your gear, of seeking new trails toward your goal. It’s about employing your resourcefulness when your essentials become scarce aboard. It’s the journey before destination.
Once you’ve arrived at your target, nature’s awesome beauty will be there for you to receive your gasps and sighs, your triumph and misery, and all your stress will be left behind as you move on. That’s how traveling heals your soul. Like a child discovering a new concept, you’re likely to experience a mix of emotions, which may begin with excitement but almost always mellow down to relief.
Since the sky’s the limit, you’ll always have somewhere to go. If you’re lost as to where to start, there are plenty of recommendations in travel blogs. Some of them also have guides and tips for traveling to a place they suggested.
And to End
Any of these hobbies are great stress relievers by themselves, but you can always engage in two or all of them and maybe even some outside this list. Find your passion, and that will become your panacea to anything that life throws at you. After all, anything you love doing naturally relaxes you. So be busy with your passion.
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