Whether it’s due to health, money or any other number of reasons, many Americans live with stress and finding the time to relax doesn’t always come easily. While most would assume that students and those with challenging careers must deal with the most stress, modern seniors have plenty of stresses that they need to navigate as well.
While a nutritional diet and an active lifestyle will help to reduce your blood pressure and lead to decreased stress, sometimes you need a fun and interesting hobby to help take your mind off of things. If you’ve already started yoga or you’ve been reading more and want something new to try as a stress-reliever, check out our list of great hobbies below.
9 Awesome Hobbies That Help to Reduce Stress
Did you know that gardening can lower the body’s main stress hormone, cortisol? It also works as a mood booster and is a great way to reconnect with yourself and the Earth. Enjoy the fresh air and take your time while caring for your plants. Not to mention, when you learn to become a successful gardener, you are lucky enough to receive flowers, herbs and food!
Keeping a journal is a great way to reduce stress while stimulating your brain cells and improving your memory. Additionally, if you have any symptoms of anxiety or depression, writing down your thoughts can be a great way to reflect on your feelings and make positive changes in your life.
A common stress-relief hobby among our residents at the Cypress of Charlotte is knitting; in fact, the increase in popularity led to the creation of a new knitting group! While society seems to think knitting is just for the elder community, knitting is becoming a popular hobby for people of all ages because the repetitive movements involved are very calming and have a meditative effect. When your body is in a meditative state, it is more likely to release serotonin, the feel-good chemical that makes you feel positive and calm.
Like knitting, coloring is a hobby that gets put in a box and most people think it’s just for children. In reality, coloring is a great hobby for people of all ages. Adult coloring books have become hugely popular over the past several years – and for good reason. Studies show that art therapy is very successful at reducing stress and relieving many symptoms related to anxiety and stress.
Whether you feel comfortable in the kitchen or not, baking is a hobby that can be very relaxing. In fact, it’s not even a hobby that demands you take it too seriously. Baking can be very meditative and once you tackle your first few bakes, you can slowly start moving up the difficulty level as you see fit – or not. Remember that you’re not on a reality television baking competition and just have fun with it. And in the end, you’ll have a few yummy treats that you can share with your favorite people as well.
6. Play Video Games
Video games are not only a great way to reduce stress, but they can help to improve your memory and other important mental skills. So, whether you want to play games online or you’re interested in updating to the latest game console, dedicating a couple of hours a week to relaxing with your favorite type of game is a great way to de-stress. Additionally, if you have loved ones who play video games, like Words with Friends, you might be able to connect and play with them online.
Scrapbooking is a great hobby to take up whether you have hundreds of photos lying around or you’ve just invested in a new camera. While the convenience of digital photos is great, it’s often more fun and relaxing to log your memories in a physical album that can be revisited and shared with others. Combining journaling and artistry, this a hobby that is more popular than ever – so look for local scrapbooking groups to join if you need a bit of inspiration to get started.
Looking for a hobby that can be enjoyed on your own or with a few friends? Tackling a puzzle is an ideal way to take your mind of the stresses of the day while developing your brain power. Additionally, when you put time into a puzzle, you get to enjoy a nice break and a challenge all at once!
9. Get a Pet or Volunteer with Animals
Spending time with pets can be much more than just a leisure activity. In fact, studies show that caring for animals can help to reduce tension and improve your mood. For retirees, pets can also help to give you a sense of responsibility, prevent social isolation and provide you with companionship. So, whether you enjoy spending time with furry friends or you’re interested in purchasing a home aquarium, think about how you can de-stress with the added company of a pet.
Activities to Reduce Stress at The Cypress of Charlotte
This is the perfect time of year to say goodbye to common stresses in your life and invest more time in hobbies that boost your mood. Whether you want to explore outdoors, feel like staying in and baking or you’d like to challenge your brain with a new activity – there are plenty of awesome stress-relieving hobbies for you to explore here at The Cypress of Charlotte.
Interested in more great health and lifestyle tips for seniors? Be sure to check out our blog! And if you’d like more information on life here at our continuing care retirement community in Charlotte, contact our friendly team today.