Monday, July 25, 2016

The Best Crafty Hobbies To Take Up That Are Ideal For Helping You To Relax

Life can be hectic and stressful, which is why we all need a hobby to help us de-stress at the end of a long day. For a lot of people, their hobby of choice is exercise. But what about if working out isn’t your thing, is there a way you can relax and unwind at the end of a long day? There are lots of non-physical ways you can relax at the end of a hectic day, one of the best methods of which is through creative hobbies. That’s right; there’s more to drawing and collaging than meets the eye.
It might sound strange, but things like crocheting, painting, and sewing can all be incredibly therapeutic. This is what makes them such fantastic hobbies to have. Take sewing, for instance; studies have shown that people who sew regularly tend to be less stressed than people who don’t. Research has also shown that people who sew have healthier heart rates and low levels of blood pressure. Craft-based hobbies can be a great way to relax and unwind; it’s just a case of finding the one that’s right for you.
To help you find a DIY craft that you enjoy doing and that helps you to de-stress and unwind, I thought I would share some suggestions. As well as what you’ll need to know to get started with each one.
Crocheting or knitting
It’s funny the things that come back into fashion. In the past three years, both crocheting and knitting have come back into fashion. With more and more young people choosing to take up one, or both, of these hobbies. Studies have shown that crocheting and knitting are seriously good for your health. As both of these hobbies help to reduce stress and calm your mind. They also give you a better chance of coping with and beating illnesses - both mental and physical.
So, knitting and crocheting are good for reducing stress and helping you to relax, but why? The repetitive motions used when knitting or crocheting are able to help calm your mind and reduce the levels of stress that you’re feeling. It’s not just the motions of knitting or crocheting that help calm your mind. Oh no, it’s also the fact that you’re taking time out to do something that you enjoy. This in itself helps to boost your mood and relieve stress.
What will you need to get started? A couple of balls of wool, some knitting needles or crocheting needles, and a beginner's book to your craft of choice. There are also some fantastic online tutorials if you’d prefer to use a video to learn to knit or crochet.
Drawing and painting
If you’re not a knitter or crocheter, don’t despair, drawing and painting can be just as effective when it comes to relieving stress. The great thing about these two hobbies is that anyone can do them, they don’t need any specific skills, and the materials aren’t expensive to buy. So anyone can choose to paint or draw, which is why these are such popular hobbies to have.
Studies have shown that when it comes to calming your mind and reducing stress, painting and drawing can be two of the best creative options. The reason for this is because drawing and painting are all about self-expression. They allow you to release how you’re feeling onto the page. Drawing and painting are ideal for expressing yourself. Because of this, they’re a great tool for people suffering from mental illnesses. They’re even used to treat patients suffering from mental illness through a form of therapy, known as art therapy.
What do you need to get started? All you need to get started is a sketch pad, some pencils, paints, and a paintbrush or two.
Do you like to sew? If so, sewing could be the perfect way to relieve your stress at the end of a long and hectic day. Sewing is a focused task; this means that while we’re doing it, all we’re focusing on is that. This means that we’re not worrying or panicking about anything else, allowing our minds to become calm and our stress to melt away. Plus, there’s the fact that the motion of using a needle or sewing machine is incredibly soothing. Helping to calm and relieve any stress that you may be feeling.
The great thing about sewing is that almost anyone can do it, it’s just a case of learning different stitches and how to use a sewing machine. Once you know how to do it, you can make almost anything, from home accessories to pieces of clothing, saving you from having to spend as much in the shops. It’s fun, allows you to get creative, and can be an awesome stress reliever - what’s not to love about sewing?
To get started with a sewing hobby, all you need are some needles, thread, a sewing machine - if you want one, and some pattern books. If you’re going to invest in a sewing machine, take the time to research it, to ensure that you invest wisely. To find out more about all the best sewing machines, click here for more information.
Adult coloring
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In the past year or so, adult coloring has become one of the most popular forms of creative activity. Because adult coloring allows you to express yourself through art, it’s a great way to calm your mind and reduce your levels of stress. It allows you to forget about your troubles and focus purely on the task at hand - coloring.
Another reason that adult coloring is such an effective stress reliever is because when we’re doing it, we go back to our childhoods. This means that mentally we feel happy and calm, as we had little stress to worry about when we were kids.
What will you need to get started? All you’ll need to make adult coloring your new pastime is a pack of quality coloring pencils and an adult coloring book. There are lots of styles and designs to choose from, so there should be one that takes your fancy.
So there you have it, a guide to the best craft hobbies to help you relax and unwind.
xoxo, Therese
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