New Year’s resolutions have been at the forefront of our minds the last few days and possibly weeks. While creating a list of ways to make yourself healthier in the new year is important, it can be tough to follow through on them. Instead, we have come up with several hobbies you should start in 2023 to help your mind and body. These may help you spend some quality time with friends and family as well.
For a few of us, it could be years since we last turned pages in a good book. But with 2023 knocking on our door, it’s the perfect time to start. Like all our healthy hobby options in this blog post, reading can help ease anxiety and stress by giving your mind something positive to focus on. If your schedule doesn’t permit reading, try an audio book to listen to while in the car or at work.
While meditation might be slower paced than a few other hobbies, this is a great way for you to decrease your heart rate and reduce stress. Additionally, your brain may receive a boost by improving its memory, attention span and emotional regulation skills.
To begin, find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down in. Set a timer for 5 to 10 minutes and focus your attention on your breathing. For help with meditation, visit Calm, Headspace and Insight Timer for free and low-cost options.
This requires a little more work on your part, but the benefits are worth it. Yoga is a great hobby that can improve flexibility, increase strength, reduce stress and give you something to look forward to. Yoga can help you with your relaxation and breathing techniques that you can use anywhere, especially if you’re needing to reduce stress at work or away from home.
This is where you get to show off your creativity! Grab a blank canvas, easel, paint brushes and paint, and start creating. Art can be therapeutic and help you reduce stress by focusing on your project. Set up your station in your home, garage, beach or the park so you can try your hand at painting the surroundings. If you have trouble thinking of what to paint, search for step-by-step tutorials on YouTube or local classes or events in your community.
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