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Re: What are hobbies that reduce your anxiety?
« Reply #100 on: November 17, 2013, 08:47:29 AM »
DIY (such as building stereo equipment), video games (RPG's, strategy, shooters), listening to and playing music, reading, writing (poetry and/or music), exercising, talking with friends.
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Re: What are hobbies that reduce your anxiety?
« Reply #101 on: November 17, 2013, 01:47:14 PM »
dancing help me a lot or working out ;D
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Re: What are hobbies that reduce your anxiety?
« Reply #102 on: November 18, 2013, 10:21:25 AM »
Music and photography. Been a musician since I was 12 and sometimes it's the only thing that calms me down.
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Re: What are hobbies that reduce your anxiety?
« Reply #103 on: January 13, 2014, 08:45:38 PM »
I'm a birder so I like to go to a favorite patch and look at birds. Watching them go about their business foraging, taking flight, landing in a tree or bush or on the ground, gives me something fascinating on which to focus. Identification of species is also fun, as I carefully observe a bird's coloration, behavior, and song to reach the correct conclusion. Ah, birds.
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Re: What are hobbies that reduce your anxiety?
« Reply #104 on: January 17, 2014, 08:52:37 PM »
I'm slightly agoraphobic but weirdly driving listening to music relaxes me.  I am happy that at least I am still able to drive even though there are many things I avoid.
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Re: What are hobbies that reduce your anxiety?
« Reply #105 on: January 18, 2014, 08:46:54 AM »
I bake a lot, take my dog for a walk while listening to music but these don't always help.
 The best way for me to relieve my anxiety is to get out of the house and distract myself i.e shopping but as soon as I get back in the house the fear creeps back in again. Sometimes loosing yourself in a book or a good box set stops me from thinking (as long as it is not medical) but then other times when I am anxious nothing can stop my mind and I just have to wait it out.[/size][/color][/center]
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Re: What are hobbies that reduce your anxiety?
« Reply #106 on: January 27, 2014, 11:14:03 PM »
What I find helps me most is hobbies where I have to keep focus like painting or crochet. There are other things I enjoy doing like hiking but they allow my mind to wonder too much.
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Re: What are hobbies that reduce your anxiety?
« Reply #107 on: January 28, 2014, 12:41:48 PM »
I just listen to music or practice nail art.
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Re: What are hobbies that reduce your anxiety?
« Reply #108 on: January 29, 2014, 11:42:41 PM »
I am a drummer, play in 3 bands, very active with my music. Lately it hasn't been helping a whole lot when ever I am at band practice surrounded by my band members, but I feel as though a weight as been lifted off of my shoulders when I am home alone and just practicing or recording. The physical symptoms are still there, but I try to work beyond them and just focus on what I am doing.
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Re: What are hobbies that reduce your anxiety?
« Reply #109 on: January 30, 2014, 01:32:07 PM »
I started cross stitching.. it does help me to concentrate on something other than how anxious I'm feeling.
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