As wonderful as motherhood is it can be and often is very stressful and overwhelming. With the demands and care for your children, house, and life we are the ones that have to make sure life runs smoothly. It is more important than ever for us to find effective ways to relieve some stress.
Because when mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy! The good news is that there are many ways to relieve stress from your life. If you’ve asked the question “do hobbies relieve stress?” I have the answer for you.
Using hobbies as a form of stress relief isn’t that new of a concept, but it is important for you to choose the right hobby for you. Before you find a hobby to participate in, here are a few things you should think about first:
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1. Hobbies work when they are an escape from your other obligations and responsibilities. If you choose a hobby that puts more pressure on you, you aren’t going to get the relief you want.
For example, if you are a creative person and like doing crafts, art, or painting but want to enter into art competitions and you are an ultra-competitive person then that could be adding on more stress. As a mom, we don’t need to add more stress to our lives.
You should also steer clear of any activities that may put a strain on your budget. If you have a hard time paying for your hobby, it’s not going to do very much to relieve your stress, quite the opposite in fact.
2. The satisfaction of many hobbies is partly derived from the finished product. For example, the gardener gets to show off their huge tomatoes or their beautiful flowers, the painter gets to have everyone admire their work when they come over to their house.
Finding hobbies that will provide you with a keepsake of your relaxation time can really pay off since you can get a bit of relaxation every time you admire the end results of your hobby.
So for the biggest stress relievers consider starting a garden, reading books, or even baking! One my hobbies are reading which I love to do once my child has gone to bed. And art!
I think a hobby is anything that relaxes you and takes your stress away. We are very creative in my family so many of my family members have their own Etsy shops and sell pacifier clips or soaps. Because for them that is their hobbies!
If you are not a very creative person that is okay! and if you not sure what your hobby is then Pinterest is a great place to look.
3. Most people will get some relief from stress by simply stepping outside of their everyday routines. Things such as starting a garden, or even learning how to crochet, for example, these are a few ideas of new skills that you can do that might turn into wonderfully relaxing hobbies.
Just making yourself a better person will allow you to grow as a human being which will enable you to keep things in perspective when problems arise, thus eliminating a lot of unnecessary stress.
Sometimes this will allow us to relax which in and of itself can help us relieve a lot of stress. With the busy mom schedule, it can be challenging to have hobbies because more of our time and attention is spent on our children, house chores, and daily activities. But time and time again has it been proven that even moms need a break and to do something for themselves.
There are tons of moms out their running mom life and doing their hobbies. It might take a longer time to complete the project and the reward pays off. I love writing posts for this blog because it relaxes me, gets my thoughts out and I am able to connect with so many amazing moms!
My sister who has two kids makes her own soaps and sells them. And her kids love helping! I am reading this amazing parenting book called: How To Behave So Your Children Will, Too! And there is a second that talks about how when you are stressed as a parent it is often taken out on our children in forms of yelling and disciplining unfairly.
So to answer the question, “do hobbies relieve stress?”, YES!, sort of. Some hobbies will relax you more than others. As with most anything else, you have a lot of choices and to get the maximum stress relief for you it’s important to find the right hobby for you and your goals and personality.