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6 Amazing Stress-Reducing Hobbies That Will Positively Impact Your Personal Development

6 Amazing Stress-Reducing Hobbies That Will Positively Impact Your Personal Development

The fast-paced lifestyle and daily stresses often get the best of us, leaving us drained and worn out. That is why it’s a good idea to have a stress-relieving hobby that will help you regain your energy and improve your mood. Although they are a great source of entertainment, certain hobbies can be very beneficial for your cognitive performance. Take a look at our top six picks!

Spice up your life – try your hand at cooking

Spice up your life – try your hand at cooking

They say that variety is the spice of life, and when it comes to cooking, we couldn’t agree more. Sometimes, we repeat certain things so many times that we fall into a certain routine. Although routines aren’t necessarily bad, sometimes you might start to feel a bit bored with the same old meals and recipes. Now, the great thing about cooking is that it’s something that can be done in a number of ways. You can use different spices, techniques, and methods to whip up delicious meals and sprinkle everything with a pinch of creativity. Cooking also forces you to be present, which is a great way to practice mindfulness. Spice up your life by taking a cooking class, watching a TV show about cooking, or simply Googling some tasty, finger-licking recipes. Have fun!

Dance your worries away, one step at a time

Dance your worries away, one step at a time

Shows such as Dancing with the Stars might be fun to watch, but have you considered trying your hand (or erm, foot) at this hobby? Not only is it fun to dance, but it can also improve your cognitive functions, not to mention the wonders it can do for your physical health. You can choose to take dance classes, or you can boogie at home where you feel most comfortable. Put on your favorite music, turn up the volume, and dance your worries away! Although it might seem tough at first, you’ll easily find your feet after a while!

Shhh! – silence your thoughts with meditation

Shhh! – silence your thoughts with meditation

If you prefer silence more than loud music, maybe you’ll find meditating to be your cup of tea. Speaking of tea, preparing your morning tea can be a great way to bring mindfulness into your life. Something as simple as the ritual of brewing and sipping on your favorite tea blend can do wonders for your mood, keeping you in the present moment, thus helping reduce anxiety and stress. Mindful meditation brings so many benefits with it and incorporating it into your day-to-day life is well worth your while. Not only will meditation help combat negative thoughts and feelings, but it will also help you tap into a healthier, happier way of living.

Stop and smell the flowers – try the mood-boosting power of gardening

Stop and smell the flowers – try the mood-boosting power of gardening

We all love the sight of a beautiful, colorful garden, and the smell of freshly cut grass, but did you know that both of them can have a positive effect on your well-being? The mood-boosting power of gardening is what has many homeowners trying to grow their own flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Nurturing another living thing and helping it grow helps you grow, too! You learn how to make positive changes, taking care of a plant from seed to fruit-bearing crop. Another way you can reap the benefits of gardening is by keeping your garden flawless, and that means pulling out the big guns that will keep your lawn healthy. Mow the stress away using a reliable brand of mowers such as the famous Briggs and Stratton to ensure your lawn gets the best care it can get.

Dive into the magical world of books (and stretch your mind, too!)

Dive into the magical world of books (and stretch your mind, too!)

Many of probably can’t remember the last time we read a good book, which is a shame because books can be very entertaining and beneficial to our mental health. Even though nowadays everyone seems to be on their phones, scrolling through social media posts, finding the time to read a couple of pages a day can lower your stress levels, which makes it a great alternative to scrolling through the phone before you go to bed. Reading helps stretch the mind, improving your memory and expanding your vocabulary. Reading as little as six minutes can help reduce stress and take your mind off work or other daily duties. Because reading is like exercise for the brain, it will help your brain stay young and in shape, ensuring good mental health when you’re well into old age.

Think outside the (X)box – play some video games!

Think outside the (X)box – play some video games!

Who knew that playing video games can boost your brainpower and memory? Well, the scientists at UC San Francisco did – as it turns out, certain types of video games "improve cognitive performance in healthy older adults". According to the study, playing video games also improves working memory and boosts attention span, which can be useful for slowing down age-related cognitive decline. It is also a great way to vent in a healthy way and it’s a particularly good method of dealing with stress.

Coping with daily stresses is easy when you have a hobby you enjoy. Given the myriad of benefits they come with, we encourage you to take up some of the activities mentioned above as a way of reducing stress and living the life you want to live.

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About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids. She’s also passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live."

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About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids. She’s also passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live."

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