Take on a fun, relaxing hobby to de-stress—June 20, 2008
Do you need to find an activity that focuses your mind on something other than your job? Relief may be in the form of a hobby. A fun, relaxing hobby can keep you entirely in the moment and may be just what you need. Learning to relax may help prevent an array of stress related illnesses also. What better place to find hobby ideas than at the Hastings Public Library?
In her book “Get a Hobby! 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle,” Tina Barseghian suggests anything from birdwatching to knitting to geocaching to woodworking to origami to balloon twisting. Hobbies listed in her book provide options that appeal to all kinds of aptitudes, interests, personality types, schedules and budgets. The individual hobby segments show possible projects, what you need to start and resources to check.
Judging by the large number of scrapbookinJanuary 25, 2010wo hobbies have to rank high in the most popular hobbies of today. The books “Quilting Pieces of the Past: 175 Years of Inspirational Quilting” by Lesley Riley or “Photo Fun: Print Your own Fabric For Quilts and Crafts” by Cyndy Lyle Rymer will inspire you to start quilting. “Totally Teen Scrapbook Pages” and “Making Scrapbooks: Complete Guide to Preserving Your Treasured Memories” will give flair and feeling to your photo albums.
Forgotten crafts such as making cornhusk dolls, rag rugs and whittling can give hours of enjoyment. “Corn-husk crafts” by Margery Facklam and Patricia Phibbs, “Making Rag Rugs” by Clare Hubbard and “The Little Book of Whittling” by Chris Lubkemann will recycle products and relieve stress. Unusual or new hobbies such as making Japanese thread balls and beadwork have caught on and allow people to carry their hobby around with them. “Temari Adventures: Fun & Easy Japanese Thread & Quilt Balls” by Diana Vandervoort and “Two-hour beaded projects “ by Ann Benson present many different designs and step-by-step directions.
With the hustle and bustle of modern life, learning patience and being useful can be beneficial for us all. These and many other books about a variety of hobbies are available at the Hastings Public Library.