Finding a Hobby that Helps you De-stress and Relax

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I’m a firm believer that everyone needs a hobby of some kind. We need ways to occupy our mind, relieve stress, and express our creativity. When I say creativity, I don’t necessarily mean that you have to pain masterpieces.

Even a hobby such as gardening can be an expression of creativity. Landscaping in such way that the blooming garden is pleasing to the eye, or planning out the vegetable garden so that it’s the easiest to harvest when it’s time to pick ripened produce. These are all creative ways of thinking, they exercise your mind and they express your thoughts in their own way.

If you feel the urge to get crafty there are lots of hobby choices out there for you. Scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, card making, embroidery, knitting, cross stitch, crochet, and that’s just a short list off the top of my head. You can find all sorts of things to do with fabric and fibers. But, not every mom wants to be creative in this way.

We already mentioned gardening, which is a great hobby selection if you enjoy being outdoors. If you like being in the kitchen, cooking and baking fully count as hobbies and are a great way to get creative. Treat yourself to some new baking pans and try out some new ingredients. You might find yourself feeling revived, refreshed, and relaxed afterward.

Other outdoor hobbies to consider might include fishing (that’s right, girls go fishing too,) nature walks, and bird watching. If you’re hoping to relax indoors you might try your hand at writing poetry or short stories, embroidery, or even stained glass. The options are really out there and endless.

You just have to find what you enjoy doing, something that ignites passion in you and helps you to relax at the same time. Don’t be afraid to try things or take classes on your search for the perfect hobby. When it comes along, you will know.

One last thing on the topic of hobby choosing before I go. Remember to take into account the amount of space you have available to you, whether you’re looking at indoors or outdoors most hobbies require some kind of space not only for actually doing the thing you decide to do, but also for storing the supplies you need to successfully do it.

Take a few minutes to re-evaluate your space and supply list before you make those final hobby purchases. Sometimes what we think we have space for and what we actually have space for are two very different things.


Loretta Oliver of Stitching the Night Away is a firm believer that everyone needs a hobby and is striving to help make cross stitch supplies and information easily accessible to everyone that wants to stitch or find creativity through needlework crafts.
You can find cross stitch supplies and free cross stitch patterns at Stitching the Night Away along with a wealth of cross stitch information and resources. Including a free guide to stitching on evenweave and linen fabrics.

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  1. What perfect timing this post is for me! A mom on Twitter showed me some adorable free crochet patterns yesterday and there was a really cute pumpkin bookmark that I think I’m going to try. I haven’t crocheted since moving to Alabama – about 3 1/2 years! Like you talk about, part of the issue is space. I’m just going to find a way to make it work!

  2. I can only imagine all the built up stress and creative energy. I fully expect to see a picture of that bookmark soon ;)

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