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100+ Cool Hobbies to Relieve Stress

Whether you’re a kid or an adult, starting a new hobby is a fun way to relieve stress, spark passion, and teach you something new. Not to mention, cool hobbies vary from person to person depending on their interests, preferences, and capabilities, so there are tons of options to choose from. Browse the list below to find hobby ideas that catch your eye and speak to you.

Where to Begin:

First: Think about activities and interests you already have. For example, if you’re a creative soul, attempting a different art medium like origami or calligraphy could be a wonderful hobby. Another example could be, if you love the outdoors, rock climbing or hiking could be an exciting hobby. Looking at the pastimes you have now is a good way to recognize what other interests you could get into. After thinking through some ideas, watch a youtube tutorial on the chosen fun hobby or use online resources to research it further. Looking into each great hobby will help to ensure it’s an activity you want to pick up.

Second: Think about the motivation behind this great hobby choice. Are you looking to decorate or redo your living space? Are you looking to make a change in your health? If your desire to start a new hobby is being motivated by something, that’s a great way to narrow down your options and find what you want or need.

Third: Take into consideration how much time you have on your hands. Each hobby is unique in how long it takes to work on and how often it can be done. For example, hiking or rock climbing can take all day and can be dependent on the weather; meanwhile, indoor hobbies like origami or calligraphy can go for as long as you want, whenever you want.

Fourth: Plan out a budget of how much you want to spend because one hobby might be an expensive hobby while another might be an inexpensive hobby or cheap hobby. After planning a budget, compare your hobby options to narrow them down based on what you can afford.

Fifth: Get started, enjoy your perfect hobby, and have some fun while learning a new skill!

Find an Outdoor Hobby:

  1. Hiking.
  2. Camping.
  3. Kayaking.
  4. Geocaching.
  5. Bird Watching.
  6. Fishing.
  7. Start a garden.
  8. Rock climbing.
  9. Surfing.
  10. Paddleboarding.
  11. An unusual hobby to try is extreme ironing.
  12. Live-Action Role-Playing (LARPing).
  13. Build and fly a kite.
  14. Pick up competitive yard games like Spikeball, Badminton, or Volleyball.
  15. Join a sports league.
  16. Become a referee for your favorite sport.
  17. Scuba diving.

Find a Creative Hobby:

  1. Creative writing.
  2. Knit or crochet.
  3. Embroider.
  4. Start a scrapbook.
  5. Get into photography.
  6. Origami.
  7. Drawing, painting, or learning another art medium.
  8. Jewelry making.
  9. Attempt DIY crafts and projects.
  10. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  11. Branch out of your ordinary makeup routine and make your face your canvas.
  12. Attempt to make a film.
  13. Bullet journaling.
  14. Attempt to make a quilt.
  15. Put together jigsaw puzzles.
  16. Work with or whittle wood.
  17. Attempt stand-up comedy.
  18. A fun activity could be learning to sew.
  19. Try calligraphy.
  20. Find a pen-pal and write letters to friends.
  21. An adult coloring book is great for stress relief.
  22. Become a magician.
  23. Work on home projects like reorganizing the kitchen, going through your closet, or painting a room.
  24. Balloon twisting.
  25. Puppetry.
  26. Write a song, music and all.
  27. Try flower arranging.
  28. Fly drones.
  29. Build LEGO replicas.
  30. Painting art on your nails.
  31. Build incredible sandcastles.
  32. Make collages out of old magazines.
  33. Join a local theater.
  34. Try spoken poetry.
  35. Paint a jigsaw puzzle.

Find a Cooking Hobby:

  1. Cook something new or different.
  2. Try baking.
  3. Can/pickle/make jam out of fruits or vegetables.
  4. Attempt latte art.
  5. A cool hobby to try is brewing your own beer.
  6. Ferment your own wine.
  7. Cake decorating.
  8. Bread making.

Find a Hobby with a Cause:

  1. Volunteer in your local area.
  2. Upcycle ordinary objects in your home.
  3. Thrift and transform your old clothes.
  4. Propagate plants.

Find a Tech. Hobby:

  1. Create content on TikTok.
  2. Work on creating a podcast.
  3. Start a blog.
  4. Film videos for Youtube.
  5. Play video games on Twitch.
  6. Edit photos and revamp your Instagram platform.

Find a Fitness Hobby:

  1. Run or bike for a cause with Charity Miles.
  2. Join the latest craze and learn a TikTok dance.
  3. Yoga.
  4. Test your skills with Kendama.
  5. Participate in an aerial silk class.
  6. A fun but weird hobby is joining a goat yoga class.
  7. Try out Zumba for a fun workout.
  8. Join a dance class.
  9. Metal Detecting is a good way to get out of the house and maybe find treasure.
  10. Try a martial art like karate or boxing.
  11. Horseback riding.

Find a Mindful, Relaxing Hobby:

  1. Practice meditation.
  2. Put together an online portfolio of your work.
  3. Model and sell your old clothes on resale sites like Poshmark or Depop.
  4. Read a self-improvement book to increase motivation.
  5. Create a vision board.
  6. Start journaling each day; you decide what kind of journal you want to make it.
  7. Look into genealogy and map out your ancestors.

Find a Hobby that Starts a Collection:

  1. Search local shops for antiques.
  2. Collect unique artwork from local artists.
  3. Collect coins.
  4. Search the beach for shells and sea glass.
  5. Vintage records.
  6. Explore new places and collect postcards.
  7. A unique hobby is gathering pretty leaves and flowers to begin pressed artwork crafts.
  8. Collect rocks and get into rock tumbling.
  9. Collect stamps.
  10. Sports memorabilia of your favorite teams.

Find a Hobby that Involves Learning a New Skill:

  1. Learn a new language by taking online courses or using a language app.
  2. Work your mind and memory by doing crossword puzzles or riddle puzzles.
  3. An interesting hobby is learning and playing a complex game like chess.
  4. Read.
  5. Start a book club.
  6. Dive into astronomy and learn about the stars above.
  7. Astrology is becoming more and more popular so learn more about your sign and the signs of others!
  8. Attempt some at-home science experiments.
  9. Learn computer programming.
  10. Try working on/building technology.
  11. Learn a new card game or board game.
  12. Solve different Rubik’s cubes.

About the author
Katee’s passion for writing and fascination for language has forever guided her path in life. Follow Katee on Instagram or read more articles from Katee on Thought Catalog.

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