Hobbies To Reduce Anxiety

Hello loves, ❤

 

Since we are in the middle of planning our goals and habits for next year, let’s talk about hobbies. I think hobbies are important for helping you to become happier for many reasons. For one, it will help you focus on something other than your work or your life at home. It can also help you meet people who have a similar interest! One thing that I love is the way I feel after creating something or doing something that I love. So I want you to feel fulfilled too! Try out these hobbies and see which ones help you reduce your anxiety and feel more fulfilled.

 

  1. PHOTOGRAPHY

I love photos! I love taking them. I love making memories to keep w/ photos. Try it, its really soothing. Here’s why you should try photography:

  • Creating beautiful images is amazing
  • Learning new skills is fulfilling
  • It will take you to places you’ve never been before to have the perfect shot
  • You will learn to see the beauty around you
  • It will get you out of your house

 

  1. WRITING FICTION

Write, write, write – This can take your mind to a different world, it is good for your mental health. Give it a go, you will never know where it can take you.

  • You will get lost in your own universe
  • You will meet new people if you take classes
  • It’s a good way to escape the stress in your life
  • Writing “The end.” is so fulfilling
  • Nobody has to read your story, but you can also share it with the world easily
  • It’s therapeutic, it will help you deal with your inner demons
  • You will feel like the hero of a story

 

  1. EXERCISING

You should start considering exercising as a hobby instead of a chore. Why? because exercising is fun and will help you live happier! Here’s why:

  • Exercising creates happy chemicals in your brain that fight anxiety and depression
  • It will get you out of the house
  • You will meet new people if you stick to the same classes for a few weeks
  • It’s the perfect way to have some me time
  • All of your worries will be gone once you get back home

 

  1. BLOGGING

Beware blogging can be addictive 😉 I started Discovering Your Happiness over a year & a half ago & I haven’t looked back since. Here’s why you should try blogging:

  • You can blog about everything
  • It helps put your ideas in order
  • It holds you accountable
  • You will meet amazing people
  • Receiving emails from strangers that are feeling better thanks to your blog is the most rewarding feeling
  • You will learn so much from it

 

  1. GARDENING

Okay, so I don’t really have a ‘green thumb’ BUT I try & that’s the main thing. Here’s why you should try gardening:

  • It’s a workout so your brain will create happy chemicals
  • You will feel proud of yourself when you see the results
  • It will get you out of the house to get some fresh air
  • You will want to hang out in your yard more often, just add a hammock and grab a magazine to relax

 

  1. PLAYING MUSIC

I played the piano growing up, the piano is AMAZING, it takes me to another world. Learning the notes & keys than performing a piece is such a great thing to experience. Here’s why you should try to learn how to play an instrument:

  • Learning new skills is rewarding
  • It will take your mind off your thoughts
  • Listening to music is relaxing
  • You can start a band with your friends

 

  1. HIKING

Ahhh, this I need more in my life – I def need to get outdoors more. When working in an office 9 hours a day, 5 days a week – I know for a fact that I want my weekends to involve some sort of physical activity. Here’s why you should try hiking:

  • There are trails for every level
  • When you reach the end of the trail you will feel so proud of yourself
  • You can take beautiful pictures
  • It will help you create fun memories with friends and family
  • You can hike year round, just make sure to have an outfit adapted to the weather

 

  1. YOGA

Yoga is good for the mind, body & soul – I know that I would like to involve myself more within Yoga. I feel that I am a very stiff & tight person, which is unfortunate bc I carry a lot of tension in my shoulders, I would love to do more Yoga to open up my flexibility. Here’s why you should try yoga:

  • It will calm your mind
  • It’s a good exercise for your body
  • If you have pets they will play with you while doing yoga and it’s fun
  • If you go to classes you will meet new people
  • You will become more flexible
  • It’s a good beginning to start meditating

 

  1. DANCING

There’s nothing better than dancing! You can dance at home, in a club or at the gym. I want to try involve myself in Zumba classes, has anyone tried these? Here’s why you should try to dance more:

  • It will create happy chemicals
  • If you take classes or go to a club you will meet new people
  • It will make you stop thinking about your worries
  • It’s fun

 

  1. PAINTING

Painting can release chemicals in the brain to make us feel mentally better – Try it, you won’t regret it! Here’s why you should try painting:

  • It’s so rewarding to finish a beautiful painting
  • You can surprise your loved one by giving them an unexpected gift
  • You will learn new skills
  • Painting is a good way to stop your wandering thoughts

 

  1. COOKING

I am trying to work hard by going shopping on Sundays for the week & work on meal prepping & eating healthy for the week.  Here’s why you should try cooking:

  • You will eat healthier food
  • Trying new recipes and being successful is so rewarding
  • You can make it a fun activity family
  • You will taste new food

 

  1. COLORING

Colouring really relaxes my mind & puts my stresses to the side.  Here’s why you should try to colour a book:

  • It’s relaxing
  • You will feel accomplished when you finish the page
  • It will free your mind
  • It’s fun
  • It will bring you back to when you were a kid

 

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

This Year Taught Me…

Hello my loves, ❤

Wow, this year has nearly come to an end, I cannot believe that 2017 is almost over & we are about to step foot into 2018.

This was a big year, in many ways – great things, crappy things, conquering goals etc.

This year was hard in so many ways but it also could have been worse so I can’t say it was a ‘bad’ year but it definitely had more downs than ups. It had more heart breaks that I expected. It wasn’t the year I hoped for. I actually fell short this year. I didn’t check off all the items on my bucket list like I did last year. For some reason, this year was flat and draining. Maybe I am being too harsh on myself, okay okay, maybe I am – I conquered a lot of goals this year so I am thankful for that.

But I learned something valuable this year. I learned the lesson that the universe has been trying to teach me all along but I was too stubborn to listen.

This was the year I learned how to depend on myself. This was the year I realized that romance doesn’t always mean forever. This was the year I learned that I better find a way to always make it on my own because sometimes you are your own best friend & you need to save yourself.

This was the year I learned that I need to get back up because I can’t get lazy and I can’t make temporary decisions anymore because I’m waiting for something else to happen.

This was the year I had to stop waiting. This was the year I learned that I have to work on every little part of myself. This was the year I learned that pain will never leave me alone but I have to learn how to smile. I have to learn how to wake up and find something to look forward to. I have to learn how to walk hand in hand with pain instead of trying to run away from it.

This was the year I learned that healing is not a phase, it’s an ongoing process. It’s a work in progress. It’s something you have to keep doing every day and every night because the pain might resurface and you’ll make the same mistakes again.

You’ll get heartbroken again. Someone you love will disappoint you. You will fail at something you thought you were good at. You won’t always get what you wished for and as long as you’re still alive and breathing, you’ll have to figure out a way to make it — alone.

So nothing major happened this year, nothing extraordinary but this was the year I learned that I’m the only who can heal myself. I’m the only one who can save myself. I’m the only one who can make myself smile when things are going wrong and maybe one day I’ll learn how to make them right, but for now, I’m learning how to live with the wrongs, the mistakes, the disappointments because they won’t just go away. They won’t magically disappear.

This was the year life tried to break me into pieces but instead of asking for help or trying to find answers from people. I looked within. I came up with my own answers. I trusted myself for once, not in my decisions, but in my ability to overcome whatever life decided to throw at me and that made all the difference.

 

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)