What is Your Relaxing Hobby to Reduce Stress?

By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW

When this meme floated around the office, we got in a discussion about hobbies, such as puzzles. We all have that comfort food or hobby that sets us back on track, at least long enough to give the mind a rest. What really puzzles me is what you do in your cab or at home to relax and unwind (don’t go there).

All kidding aside, the word hobby means different things to different people, as something does not have to be a sanctioned interest to be considered a hobby.  A hobby is defined in simple terms as “an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure.” Important note: it says “for pleasure”, which some physiologists will point out is the crux of it all. Pick something you enjoy doing, if it’s too much of a challenge, then you probably are defeating the purpose of relaxing and letting your mind wander.

Ever watch the news and get to a point where you can’t take it anymore and put on mindless TV like “SpongeBob Square Pants”? If so, then you get the idea. We are in our trucks 14 hours a day, mind focused and alert, and it takes its toll on our bodies and brain.

While I’m hard pressed to find a definitive list of the most popular hobbies, most lists have these in the top ten:

Gardening, Genealogy, Fishing, Bowling, Biking, Photography, Collecting, Reading, Music, Hiking, Sports.

Most of those are just not feasible when on the road, so what do you do to relax? What’s your go to hobby?

Reading, crocheting, arts & crafts, knitting, surfing the Road Warrior Website and yes, let’s admit it, we are all sucked in by Facebook. I was surprised not to see model building on that list. I for one was never quite successful with that kind of thing, or with puzzles--it must be a patience thing. If you're one of the kids that was in elementary school with me that ate the paste in art class, you need not try this one. You know who you are!

Now there is an “adult hobby” that is the new fad and that is one that’s goes back to basics.  Coloring for adults is the latest trend. Coloring is said to be very relaxing. "Although the coloring books are not art therapy, the coloring books can have therapeutic value that while coloring some people can experience a state of meditation”, said Linda Turner, a New York City based art psycho-therapist. (Now that’s a title)

Yes, it’s ok if you stick your tongue out while coloring, who are we to judge?

Across this great country there are plenty of you “Keith Urban wannabe’s", that break out your six string Yamaha guitars, the one you’ve had since eighth grade, and strum and sing your way to relaxation. That’s something I’ve always wanted to learn. I don’t play the guitar for the same reason I don’t build models.

I want to hear from you Road Warriors, What’s your go to hobby on the road? What is your go to plan for relaxation?

For those who think they can play guitar and sing, send us a video of you singing “On the Road Again”, we will put it on the site and the best one gets a $50.00 gift card.

Most of all, maybe we can all see everyone else’s ideas that might peak our interest. However, if you have never considered trying a hobby as a form of relaxation, try something new. It gives you something to look forward to and think about, and while you’re doing that, I will work on getting those guitar lessons.