I am in need of some ideas of hobbies and interests that could keep my mind from worrying about my anxiety. I'm currently battling my eating disorder and social anxiety disorder demons at the same time and thought it would be a great idea to get a new hobby. I realized today that, aside from running, i have no hobbies. Any ideas anyone? What kind of low cost activities have you taken up?
I have found that a way of calming anxiety is to have a gentle hobby, something like making things or collecting. It's good if it's repetitive and you have something to show for it in the end. I like collecting old books, and I enjoy putting plastic sleeves on the dustjackets. Simple as that. Also arranging the books on the shelves and dusting them is a quiet pleasure. My Mum used to do a lot of knitting, and I can see why now. Another quiet pleasure
I think the key is to keep the mind active, so that we don't kick into anxiety loops. When going for a walk it is nice to look out for wildlife, maybe make a note of where we see birds and little animals. A diary is always a good thing and we can keep a note of how we are doing with the illness.
Also, having a pet is nice. I have a hamster called 'hammy' and he comes out of his nest when I call him. It takes a little time to clean his cage and stuff, but it's easy and doesn't cost much.
Yes, there are lots of things we can do to ease down our anxiety, and sometimes we can even forget that we have such a nasty illness.
Good luck and good thoughts,