Living a stressful life can have both an emotional and a physical toll on your overall wellbeing. Not only can it cause you to sweat, panic, and feel anxious, but it can also cause fatigue, headaches, and withdrawn behaviors. When you are constantly stressed, you will start to feel the negative impact it can have on your life. As an expert in anxiety therapy, Dr. Phillips at Orlando Thrive Therapy is here with some advice. These are a few recommended hobbies that can blast your stress and allow you some time to decompress.
Journaling can be a great practice to get out of your own head. When you are overwhelmed with anxious or racing thoughts, take some time to jot them all down. Recognizing your emotions and writing out how you feel is often one of the first steps to learning how to combat them or reduce them. Journaling as a routine hobby is also an affordable and easy-to-implement activity to fit in everyday for at least 10 minutes.
Moving your body can also be another great way to release stress. Consider taking up an exercise class, such as yoga, Pilates, or kickboxing, to get you through stressful weeknights. Exercise can take your mind off what is going on around you, giving you a chance to focus on movement, activity, and physical health. When you boost your physical health, your mental health will also be improved.
Similar to exercising, hiking is another great activity to boost endorphins, strengthen your body, and decrease your stress levels. When you embark on a hike, you are also spending a good bit of time in nature. Nature has many positive benefits on your mental health, such as clearing your mind and grounding your thinking. It gets you away from all the noise and distractions of everyday life, which can also work to decrease stress.
When you are feeling overwhelmed by stress, put your mind to work with a few puzzles. Next time you are at the store, grab a few puzzles to focus on something else. Not only will this improve your cognitive thinking, but it gives you something to do with your hands and truly escape what is stressing you out in the first place.
Kids always seem carefree, right? Well, maybe it’s time we take a play from their book and revert back to some childhood hobbies to reduce stress. Grab a few crayons or a glue stick and start making something. Crafting and coloring can help to reduce stress by boosting your creativity and releasing tension from your mind.
By taking up one or more of these hobbies, you can work to reduce the stress in your everyday life. Start living the life stress-free life you deserve with our help. Contact our professional in anxiety therapy, Dr. Phillips, to make an appointment with us today!
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.