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Relaxing Hobbies

On the stress-relieving potential of hobbies.

Stress is common:

41% of adults worldwide say they experience a lot of stress.

GALLUP’S 2022 GLOBAL EMOTIONS REPORT

Unchecked, stress is bad for us:

Stress affects both the mind and the body. A little bit of stress is good and can help us perform daily activities. Too much stress can cause physical and mental health problems.

World Health Organization

Stress has a powerful grip, and is hard to overcome, but hobbies can provide a strong enough distraction for relieving it:

Multilevel models revealed that participants had more positive and less negative mood, more interest, less stress, and lower heart rate when engaging in leisure than when not.

REAL-TIME ASSOCIATIONS BETWEEN ENGAGING IN LEISURE AND DAILY HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Leisure activities can promote relaxation by engaging our minds with interest and pleasure, leaving less room for stress. Hobbies can also calm our minds by providing a meditative occupation.

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Meditative hobbies can even induce a flow state:

Flow is a state of full task engagement that is accompanied with low-levels of self-referential thinking.

The Neuroscience of the Flow State: Involvement of the Locus Coeruleus Norepinephrine System

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