Four Hobbies To Take Up To Deal With The Stress Of Parenting
We all know how stressful parenting can be, and for many of us dealing with it can often involve a rather large glass of red wine.
That’s not exactly healthy though is it? And stats from the pandemic have shown rather alarming figures of women and mothers in particular checking into alcohol addiction rehabs, often turning to alcohol to cope with all that’s going on.
However, there are much more productive ways to deal with the stress of parenting, and they can involve some rather fun hobbies…
We’re starting with the ultimate stress buster – yoga. There are so many amazing online yoga classes these days with the likes of Yoga With Adriene on YouTube perfect for both beginners and those with a little more knowhow.
It’s easy to do from home, all you need is a little space and some peace and quiet, while you may want to head out and join a class, where you’ll no doubt find plenty of other people in a similar position to you.
Running, Swimming, Cycling
We’re not suggesting getting into triathlon here, but running, cycling and swimming are great hobbies that will not only improve your health, but give you that headspace too. The endorphins you’ll get from doing such exercises are great for stress, while they also allow you to be alone with your own thoughts and a bit of breathing space. Just be careful if you are out cycling on the roads.
Painting is another hobby that offers high-quality alone time, or the opportunity to enjoy activities as a couple or group of friends. Painting has proven to be great for relaxing the mind, while it also gives you a project to go back to, potentially taking weeks or months to complete.
Of course, you then have an end product too, which can hang nicely on your wall somewhere.
The beauty of painting is that it really does allow you to let your emotion out. Art therapy has taken off hugely in recent years, with people painting their mood and working with therapists to try and improve their mental health. While you may not wish to take this up, just painting as a whole can be great for your mood overall.
Cooking & Baking
Now, we’re not talking about cooking for the kids here, but if you’ve got a bit tired of making the same thing for yourselves, then cookery courses will allow you to be a bit more experimental in the kitchen, as well as escaping and getting your creative juices flowing.
While many high profile, celebrity chefs may not exactly exude calm, cooking can be a great stress buster, and what’s more you can get some great dishes out of it that you can then integrate into your day-to-day life.