Your home is your safe space, which is why many people prefer to take up relaxing hobbies at home to supplement an otherwise stressful life.
If you’re looking for a way to unwind in comfort at your own home, while learning or honing a skill, look no further:
Cooking has a reputation for being stressful due to big-name chefs that enjoy shouting at their staff, but if you approach it intending to enjoy yourself, you’ll find your cooking turns into a quasi-meditative bliss. There’s a reason that one of the most respected chefs in the world is a Seon Buddhist monk who excels at what she does by learning to be in the present and enjoy every moment.
If you have ever felt anxious, you might find yourself an alleviant by watching Bob Ross. Although his style isn’t for everybody, the relaxed and gentle lull of his voice will show you that painting can allow you to focus and de-stress.
If you’re a complete beginner, you can just paint by numbers and work up from there, getting increasingly complex as your confidence grows.
Needlework is a great way to occupy your attention, increase your digits’ dexterity and enjoy a relaxing challenge that can leave you feeling satisfied and happy. You can either crochet or knit, depending on what tools you feel comfortable with and which techniques appeal to you the most.
Playing an Instrument
Music is relaxing. It increases dopamine, oxytocin and improves both your physical and emotional wellbeing. Creating and performing music for your own satisfaction can be a fantastic way of devoting some time to a skill that will pay dividends for the rest of your life.
If you are a little older, guitar and other stringed instruments might be a good choice as they don’t require the brain plasticity that is required for piano.
Get into Photography
Photography is a fantastic hobby, especially as you can be as experimental or traditional as your comfort zone dictates. Film photography is highly engrossing and addictive, as the more you learn about different types of film, apertures, contrasts and dark-room techniques, the more you will want to learn more.
Teaching Yourself a Language
Learning a language is another skill that can come in handy for the rest of your life. It allows you to use your brain and devote your intelligence to a puzzle without an end.
For some people, learning a language can be frustrating and evoke impatience; for others, that disappears when you learn to enjoy the journey.
If meditation doesn’t sound like a hobby to you, you should try your hand at mindfulness. Mindfulness is a skill, and like all skills, it gets better with practice. When those new to meditation initially start, they will become incredibly aware of how difficult it is to focus their mind properly on demand.
By learning meditation, you give yourself the skills you need to efficiently focus on your mental health whenever need be.
What are your favorite relaxing hobbies? Let us know in the comments below!