We are all looking for a little more peace, focus and acceptance in our lives. Meditative practices can do wonders for our well-being. This past year has brought with it a whole new layer of things to be concerned about. This can add to our stress levels and that is bad news for our health. The good news is that there are many meditative hobbies you can practice at home or outdoors while maintaining physical distancing guidelines.
The most direct way to practice a meditative hobby is, of course, through meditation itself. Learning to meditate is simple, though it is not always easy! The benefits of regular meditation include reduced stress and anxiety, improved mental clarity and self-awareness, improved focus and clarity, and it can improve the quality of your sleep.
The benefits of yoga include all the above benefits of meditation, as well as added physical benefits like improved strength and flexibility, and general quality of life. That's a pretty good return on investment from a hobby you can do at home or outdoors, with hardly any equipment other than a yoga mat!
If you think that knitting is something only grandmothers enjoy, it's time to learn yet another valuable lesson from your grandma. Knitting brings many benefits similar to those of meditation. It requires gentle, focused attention on the present moment and the task at hand. This helps to reduce stress and minimize anxiety. As an added bonus, you can make some super cool hats and stuff!
Writing requires the writer to spend focused attention, looking within. This can help the writer improve their self awareness, self expression and creativity as they work on their hobby craft.
Though your grade school teacher may tend to disagree, daydreaming can be a beneficial and meditative way to spend some time. It is often thought of as more of a distraction or a waste of time, but it doesn't have to be. Letting your mind wander can improve creativity and problem-solving skills. Daydreaming requires us to focus within and explore our own minds. It lets us recharge and take a break from everyday reality. Couldn't we all use a little of that in our lives?
We hope that these suggestions for meditative hobbies you can practice at home or outdoors help you feel more focused and connected while reducing your stress and anxiety.