Your Hobby Is Your Best Therapy

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Recently, I’ve been struggling with my emotions due to the fact that I’ve been trying to manage too many things at once.

Just like every 20-something woman would do, I googled my condition and found out I had to deal with stress. Surprisingly (or not), the number of people trying overcome anxiety and stress has increased in the past few years.

Probably the main reason for this is the digital age we live in - all the technology that surrounds us can cause a lot of undesired pressure and unrealistic expectations which will eventually lead to disappointment, anxiety, and exhaustion. And even though I try not to be dependent on my devices, it turns out it’s inevitable.

I wake up every morning from the buzzing sound of the alarm on my phone. My phone is literally sleeping right next to me. Since I live abroad, my family is in my phone so I keep it as close as possible throughout the day so I feel home. The evenings I spend reading books, trying to plug out myself. What actually happens is that I respond to messages half of the time I’m supposed to be reading. Then I fall asleep under the blue light of my screen.

As much as I tried to deny it, I had symptoms of stress and had to deal with them. I read somewhere that doing something you like but you don’t do every day, can help reduce stress levels. So I decided to give it a shot.

My long-time passion has been writing. However, growing up and completing adult tasks have taken away my time and desire to sit down and write poems. (I used to do that quite often while I was in high school.) When I started working on my stress issues, I took a piece of paper and wrote down everything that came to my mind. I just let my soul put down on paper all it needed to say.

And in fact, I felt so relieved and calm after doing this that I’ve decided to do it once every week.

What I want to say with my story is that in our lives we often find ourselves overwhelmed. And it’s okay to take a break. It’s okay to take some time for yourself. Do some gardening, colour a book, dance, sing, or write poetry.

Your hobby is the best therapy you can find.

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