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Life Hacks: Attacking long-term stress with projects and hobbies

Don’t let long-term stress rule your life.

The best way I deal with long-term stress is to get into a routine that involves a mixture of long-term hobbies and short-term projects to have an instant feeling of success with an elongated distraction from other activities. 

Short-term projects

A little instant gratification can go a long way when your life is starting to pile up stress.

  • Learn how to play an instrument.
    • But maybe not the drums. Don’t be that neighbor.
  • Learn how to sew and make an article of clothing.
  • Paint a picture.
  • Pick up video games.
  • Make your way through an adult coloring book.
    • Related: Make your way through a children’s coloring book. It’s all coloring and shit at the end of the day, right?
  • Read an entire book series.
  • Plan a trip to give yourself something to look forward to.
  • Meal prep at the beginning of each week for instant gratification.
  • Rearrange your room to improve the overall feng shui of the room.
    • Related: learn what feng shui is and attempt to apply it to your entire 1,000 sq. foot apartment without asking your roommates.

Long-term hobbies

Having something to work towards and notice progress is great for taking your mind off the stress crawling around in the back of  your mind.

  • Listen to more ‘you’ centric podcasts or Ted Talks to learn how to tackle life’s challenges.
  • Join a book club.
  • Find a job you love that gives you some extra money on the side and pursue it.
    • Perhaps freelance writing with 1870 Mag? Hit us up!
  • Keep a journal and write in it every night.
  • Sign up for a half marathon way in advance and train for it.
  • Get into cryptocurrency.
    • Or, you know, don’t.
  • Get involved with a non-profit.
  • Reach out to old friends and make a time each month to meet.
  • Do the one second video challenge where you record one second of your day for an entire year then put the clips together for a 365 second long recap of your year.
Olivia Balcerzak

Olivia Balcerzak

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