Stress is unfortunately inevitable part of modern life. Too much stress can be incredibly harmful to our minds and bodies. So, dealing with stress is not something you should take lightly or hope it will simply disappear. One of the things you should do however is consider finding an ideal hobby for you to help you with stress management. 

And in an age where we all have too much screen time and are very often stuck strolling through TikToks and reels for hours, one of the best things we can do is find other, creative ways to spend our free time. Because hobbies can be a way to fight stress and recover from its impact. In this article, you will find our five suggestions for hobbies that can help you with stress management. 

Walking, hiking, and running

Depending on your preferences, your love of activity, and how good shape you’re in, walking hiking or running is an excellent hobby and stress reliever. This sort of activity will help take your mind off a stressful situation. It will also prevent you from overthinking it. 

Walking and running can be done in your local park while hiking can be reserved for the times you can visit the great outdoors. Either way, spending time surrounded by scenic nature and inhaling cleaner air will be beneficial for you and will help you with stress management. The bonus is that this sort of activity is good for your physical health too.  

Knitting, crocheting, and embroidery

For those who prefer to sit while being creative, our suggestion for a hobby is knitting, crocheting, or embroidery. These activities were until recently forgotten, despite their popularity and necessity in the past. 

Knitting, crocheting, and embroidery are very good ways to switch your focus from stressful situations and do something creative with your hands. As a bonus, you’ll have a product of your manual work to brag about, even if it’s not done perfectly. Imagine being able to make Christmas gifts for family and friends with your hands! 

If you’re wondering where can one learn such an activity, you can find instructions on how to crochet, knit, and do embroidery online, of course. But there could also be local courses where you live, an there you can learn these as part of a group. This might come as a surprise, but the popularity of these creative hobbies has been growing as we already mentioned, and many people want to learn. 


A good old book or any more modern form of it such as Kindle is a great stress reliever. It will help you get your mind off things, transport you to some other worlds or universes even. Or you can read simply for the sake of learning something new. Reading is proven to reduce your heart rate. 

Additionally, this is one of the cheaper hobbies and it doesn’t have to take a lot of your time. As little as 6 minutes of reading a day is enough for you to reap all the benefits of it. And the’s a myriad of them


Another great hobby that helps a lot with stress is gardening. While taking care of your garden, you’ll be able to focus on things that are not stressing you out. You’ll focus your energy on taking care of your plants and in the end, you’ll reap benefits. 

Similarly to knitting, crocheting, and embroidery, other than reducing stress and improving your mental health, you’ll also have the results of your hobby to be proud of. And if you decide to grow vegetables in your garden, you’ll provide your household with some healthy organic food too. 

Painting, drawing, and coloring 

Another great way to get your mind off stressors and relax is to paint, draw, or simply, color. Pick up a paper, pencil, or brush and get your creative juice flowing. It’s not particularly important how successful the result will be. The key is to enjoy it. It can even help you process your emotions, especially if you can’t put them into words. 

Coloring will generally have a similar effect to painting and drawing. It can be a great solution for those who think they lack artistic talent or care a lot about their work being good. Because what can you do wrong if you’re simply coloring something that has already been drawn perfectly? 

What hobby to choose to get rid of stress?

These are just some great hobbies that can help you with stress relief and improve your mental health. We tried to select the simpler ones and the ones that don’t require a lot of money or even time. But, there are many others to choose from. What is the best choice for you? This is very individual. If you’re not certain what you will enjoy the most, we suggest you try a couple of different activities until you find what relaxes you the most.