Hobbies: They’re Good for Stress Relief and Overall Wellness

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Having hobbies is advantageous in a number of different ways. For example, taking time out to do something you enjoy improves your mood, reduces stress, and can even combat depression, given the happiness that comes along with doing an activity you love and are passionate about. Everybody’s lives get hectic at times and can be overwhelming therefore, it is important to give yourself a break every now and then to allow yourself to recharge. Setting aside some time to engage in a hobby is not only a good way to spend your down time but will also help to destress as well as increase the synthesis of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins – the hormones our body produces that are responsible for our happiness and give us that euphoric feeling.

One of my hobbies is drawing and painting. It’s something I’ve always found pleasure in all my life. I’d love to share with you some of my artwork! The first few are some of the graphite drawings I’ve done.

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This one is of Jack and Rose from the Titanic movie, done when I was 15 years old!
The following two I did when I was 17 as a senior in high school.

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The next three I did during my College years. This first one of the eye is done with colored pencil and was completed during the summer after my freshman year.

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The acrylic painting below of a sunset over the ocean was also done during that same summer.

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This next one is a watercolor painting that I did during the spring semester of my sophomore year.

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Art is something that has always been a part of my life. Due to my anxiety, my thoughts are constantly racing and I worry about so many things at once. But when I am creating artwork, I get completely engrossed in the task at hand, which puts my mind more at ease. Transforming a blank white page or canvas into my own beautiful creation is so satisfying and something I take pride in.

Another one of my hobbies is writing music. As my mom has always said, I was singing before I could even talk. Throughout my childhood and going into my teenage years, did talent shows and had a few solos in chorus concerts. I began writing lyrics in middle school and decided to take up playing guitar at the start of my high school career so I can put music to my words. Shortly after, I wrote my very first song and since I have written 30+. My sophomore year of college I made it on the spring semester’s compilation album of our school’s record label, Blue Hawk Records, with my original song “Where You Belong”. It was the most amazing experience being able to record at Lakehouse Recording Studio in Asbury Park, NJ.

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I even got to do a photoshoot as part of my promotion leading up to the release show pictured above, which took place on the residential quad of Monmouth University.

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Writing music is truly therapeutic and I love the poetic component to it. Turning my feelings and emotions into their subjective lingual equivalents is such a cathartic experience and makes me not only feel fulfilled but also more self aware in that it helps me to better understand and process my emotions.

Lastly, photography is also a hobby of mine. I especially love to appreciate the outdoors and take photos of it’s astonishing beauty. Just being immersed in nature makes me happy and taking pictures allows me to capture the moment and keep it as a memory so I can enjoy the scene over and over again. I would love to share with you some of my favorite photos that I’ve taken!

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West Palm Beach, Florida

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Deerfield Beach, Florida

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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View from the plane in the sky above Florida

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View of the city from the London Eye ferris wheel in England

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Westminster Abbey – London, England

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Binney Park – Old Greenwich, Connecticut

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View from the top of Castle Craig located on the East Peak of Hanging Hills Hubbard Park – Meriden, Connecticut

Moral of the story, indulging in your hobbies is something you should make an appoint to do fairly regularly, as it really helps to keep a level head in the face of stress that sometimes accompanies life. For me, drawing, writing music, and photography are some of my hobbies that have helped me with my anxiety and depression. However, there are so many other hobbies out there that could provide the same benefits whether it be knitting, pottery, gardening, cooking/baking, scrapbooking, doing puzzles, playing an instrument, writing short stories/poetry, dancing, hiking, playing a sport, etc. It’s also never a bad idea to even pick up a new hobby!

∼Taylor ♥ xoxo

 

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