50+ Hobby Ideas That Can Reduce Anxiety

Ever thought to yourself, "I need a hobby?" Here is a list of 50+ cheap (or free!) hobby ideas. Plus a list of hobby ideas to make MONEY! #hobbyideas #cheaphobbyideas
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Do you have a hobby?

What is something that you can virtually lose yourself in? Something that you could go into a little corner all to yourself and delve into for hours if you had the time? That thing that you thoroughly enjoy and can’t wait to get back to minutes after you’ve finished?

What do you do for fun in your leisure time?

If you can’t answer these questions and you’re sitting there right now wondering if show-bingeing on Netflix with an asinine-sized bowl of popcorn every night counts as a hobby then this article is just for you.

‘Cause I was right there with you just a couple years ago.

Except, for me, in addition to Netflix bingeing, I wondered if scrolling through Facebook and Instagram at the end of the day for literally hours (sometimes until 1 or 2 am…oops) counted as my hobby’ish decompression time.

Girl sitting on couch with computer and earbuds

I mean, don’t get me wrong, when I’m into a BOMB show on Netflix, I can’t wait to watch the next episode once the kids go to bed. And can end up watching “just one more episode” until 2 am.

Double oops.

But that’s not my point here!

My point is, what do you like to do for you?

What is your hobby that after you’ve left that annoying work day, cleaned up your kitchen after dinner (sometimes), and chucked the kids in bed, allows you to forget life’s madness as you find your calm doing something you absolutely enjoy?

Don’t know? Need some hobby ideas? Keep reading…

Hobbies are a must for introverts

Us introverts literally need frequent breaks of quiet time all to ourselves in order to function at our best when we are around others.

If we don’t get our “me time” it’s like pouring from an empty cup. We get anxious, pissy, short-fused, and overall just want everyone to go away until we can have some time to regain our energy by having time alone.

Furthermore, some of our best thinking and contemplation time happens when we are by ourselves.

Having a hobby or two as an introvert is a perfect way to get some much needed chill time by yourself and bring out that creativity and deep-thinking mind that is waiting to come out.

Hobbies can help relieve anxiety

Chronic anxiety interferes with your quality life, but more importantly, it can and will start to have serious consequences on your physical health.

Anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Social Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias

I have GAD, and one thing that has significantly calmed my anxiety is finding a hobby!

Read: 10 Natural Remedies For Anxiety

I went years having literally no hobby at all. Especially when I became a new parent. I always felt like I never had time for a hobby, especially with 2 little kids running around, and I didn’t really feel passionate enough about any hobby-worthy thing.

But, I finally found a hobby (rock painting and hiding!) that I feel so much enjoyment doing that it seems to just melt my anxiety away.

Moreover, having a hobby can give you something to look forward to when you’re having a hard time.

A few quick notes on finding a hobby…

close up black and white shot of hand on guitar strings

1. Choose a hobby that you can do daily or weekly with little setup time.

If you pick a hobby that takes a ton of brain power to set up just to get started, it may start to feel more like a chore than a hobby.

And think about your tired brain at the end of a long day – you aren’t going to have the energy to spend 10, 20, 30 minutes setting up, getting ready, driving to, or whatever just to finally delve into your precious hobby.

You’ll just end up skipping it and doing something easier, such as turning on the TV and busting out that asinine-sized bowl of popcorn again. Netflix is not what we are aiming for here!

We are aiming for a hobby that can be your “out.” Your decompression time. Your time doing something just for YOU that gives you a feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment.

And most people need decompression time daily… at the very least, weekly.

2. Choose a hobby that is cheap.

You want something that you can afford to do as often as you want to do it and it won’t break the bank! Otherwise, it will just turn into an expense that you can only afford to do once every quarter, or so.

3. Be realistic

Aint nobody got time to be a skydiving hobbyist when you’re a stay at home parent with 3 kids at the house. I mean, I guessss you could. Anything’s possible! But really, how often would you even be able to get on your chute and get up there? Hire a sitter every week so you can go jump out of a plane? This brings you right back to point number 2 above!

Okey dokey. I’ve jibber jabbered long enough!

Here’s a list of cheap (or free!) hobby ideas if you want to start a new hobby

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Ever thought to yourself, "I need a hobby?"  Here is a list of 50+ cheap (or free!) hobby ideas. Plus a list of hobby ideas to make MONEY!  FREE Printable Adult Coloring Pages, too!  #hobbyideas #cheaphobbyideas
Ever thought to yourself, "I need a hobby?"  Here is a list of 50+ cheap (or free!) hobby ideas. Plus a list of hobby ideas to make MONEY!  FREE Printable Adult Coloring Pages, too!  #hobbyideas #cheaphobbyideas
  • Rock Painting (and hiding) !! This is my hobby and it’s the best so it’s at the top of this list! (LOL) Pick up some cheap acrylic paints from Walmart and these paint pens and start painting rocks! Join local Facebook rock painting groups and get to painting and hiding your kindness rocks! Read more about how rock painting and hiding works HERE.
  • Bartending / drink mixing
  • Food preservation – pickling/canning
  • Become a history buff – the history of this awesome world is amazing. This could be a really fun hobby!
  • Fishing
  • Wood burning
  • Reading
  • Starting a book club between you and your friends and/or a Facebook book club group – I’m actually a member of a few different Facebook book clubs and we read the monthly book on our own and then we either all meet up once a month to discuss the book, or in my other groups we just talk about the book on the Facebook group board. There are also book clubs that you can find in your local area on MeetUp.com. I am a member of one of these as well. I like to read, as you may have guessed lol.
  • Learn magic
  • Baking
  • Upcycling things you own – Trash-to-Treasure!
  • Furniture flipping
  • Geocaching – This is so fun! It’s like the worlds biggest treasure hunt everywhere you go!
  • Painting
  • Adult coloring books(Subscribe HERE and get access to the Silver Jasmine FREE Printable Resource Library, which has 6 FREE Printable Adult Coloring Pages!)
  • Dog walking and pet sittingRover.com
  • Dancing classes
  • Self-defense classes
  • Learn an instrument – It’s on my bucket list to learn the piano!
  • Candle making – I bought this candle making starter kit, and loved making my own candles!
  • Learn Calligraphy
  • Gardening – very calming
boy watering pink flowers in a garden
  • Soduku and jigsaw puzzles
  • Couponing – super addicting!
  • Listen to podcasts – there are podcasts for EVERYTHING! And they’re free to listen to.

Read: 6 Binge-Worthy True Crime Podcasts

  • Create your own podcast!
  • Penpal to people all over the world
  • People watching – perfect for introverts!
  • Become a tea connoisseur – I am obsessed with my teas. And not the gross store-bought stuff. I get all of my teas from Adagio.com. (Jasmine Silver Needle is my favorite! – hence my website name heehee!)
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking – Hiking doesn’t mean you have to hike 5 miles up a steep, rocky incline. There are tons of easy, short hikes. You can even take the kids! Check out HikeItBaby.com to find other families near you that take their kids out on hikes to explore nature! Also, check your local MeetUp.com to find hiking groups. There are hiking Facebook groups as well. Or you can go solo! (Just make sure to always tell someone where you’re going if you go alone.)
  • Rock balancing – Watch the video below! So cool!
  • Join a wine tasting club
  • Join a craft beer tasting club
  • Video games
  • Board games – Hubs and I LOVE our board games. We find new ones to explore by watching Wil Wheaton’s show TableTop.
  • Cheap solo traveling – Take a weekend and head over to the next town or state and do some exploring. Also perfect for introverts!
  • Gallery walks – I suck at making art myself, but one of my favorite things is to casually walk through art galleries and enjoy others’ beautiful creativity.
  • Research your family tree
  • Learn a new language
  • Volunteer – I used to volunteer at my local Animal Humane Society (SPCA) because I love animals! I got to go in and walk dogs, play with puppies, and sit and pet the kitties!
  • Master the art of meditation – So, I didn’t know this until recently, but did you know there are dozens of different types of meditation techniques? I’m actually interested in learning about mantra meditation in the near future.
Silhouette of woman sitting on a wood deck meditating
  • Start a blog – I’m telling you now, blogging is SOOO addicting! My favorite blogger that will teach you how to start a blog (and actually make money at it) is Angela from StrayCurls.com. Aside from all the free help she gives, I’ve bought her ultra cute Printable Blog Planner as well as her Ultimate Blogging Bundle, and the value that she gives is worth WAY more than her cheap price tags!
  • Master makeup and/or hair and/or nails – There are TONS of free beauty videos on YouTube!
  • Brew your own beer
  • Start a YouTube Channel
  • Photography – Get a real camera (not an iphone or android), take a photography class, and snap all the pictures!
  • Write a book or comic
  • Soap making – Get started with this soap making guide.

BONUS: Hobbies that can make you MONEY!

A lot of the hobbies already mentioned can turn profitable if you so choose. And here are a few more hobbies you can enjoy while making a profit at the same time. (Some will be repeats from above.)

pink piggy bank
  • Proofreader – Are you a grammar nazi around friends and family? Put that knowledge to use and be a professional proofreader!
  • Freelance services – such as writing, graphic designing, video and animation, and really anything else you can think of that someone would be willing to pay someone else to do.
  • Gardening – That’s right! You can grow and sell plants! I know a few people that grow and sell succulent plants, for example.
  • Dog Walking and Pet SittingRover.com
  • Start an Etsy shop
  • Sell your photography to stock photo sites – Shutterstock, AdobeStock, Your own Etsy shop, DepositPhotos, Pixabay, Unsplash, BigStockPhoto, just to name a few. There are dozens of stock photo sites you could sell to. The photos in this post and most all blog posts and websites you come across are from stock photo sites, for example.
  • Blogging – As I mentioned above, my favorite blogger that will teach you how to start a blog (and actually make money at it) is Angela from StrayCurls.com. Aside from all the free help she gives, I’ve bought her ultra cute Printable Blog Planner as well as her Ultimate Blogging Bundle, and the value that she gives is worth WAY more than her cheap price tags! Side note: Starting a blog, gaining traffic, and earning money takes a lot of work. Much more work than I thought it would when I started! (But it’s super addicting so I urge you to give it a go!) But, if you aren’t into the whole marketing, and site design, and alllll the other stuff that comes along with starting and running a blog, you could look into being a paid writer for other people’s blogs! This ties into my Freelance Writing bullet point above.
  • Professional book reviewer
  • eBay seller – Find stuff at thrift stores and garage sales and sell them on eBay for a profit! You’d be surprised what people buy from eBay. You can sell anything on there!
  • Furniture flipping

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