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Is making time for hobbies important for managing stress?

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You need to set aside time for things you enjoy. Try to do something every day that makes you feel good, and it will help relieve your stress. It doesn’t have to be a ton of time -- even 15 to 20 minutes will do. Relaxing hobbies include things like:

  • Reading
  • Knitting
  • Doing an art project
  • Playing golf
  • Watching a movie
  • Doing puzzles
  • Playing cards and board games

From: 10 Tips to Manage Stress WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress.”

American Heart Association: “Four Ways to Deal With Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Management.”

HealthFinder.gov: “Manage Stress.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 3, 2016

SOURCES:

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress.”

American Heart Association: “Four Ways to Deal With Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Management.”

HealthFinder.gov: “Manage Stress.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 3, 2016

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