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Holiday Hobbies to Try this Season

Don’t Let the Holidays Bring You Down

The impending holiday season is quickly approaching. While for some, it brings happy memories, celebrations, and gatherings, for others, this time of year can be very stressful and increase feelings of anxiety and depression.

When people feel anxious or depressed, it is very common for them to reach for a substance to help quiet their negative emotions. Try picking up a new hobby that will distract your mind and fill your free time to prevent relapse from occurring.

Here are a few hobbies you can pick up this holiday season to impress your friends and family:


One of the best ways to lift your spirits is by giving back to the community. During the holiday season, various non-profit organizations will allow you to volunteer your time. You can cook meals for the homeless or serve meals at a soup kitchen. Host a canned food or toy drive to contribute to larger organizations like Toys for Tots or Feeding America. You can also spread holiday cheer by hosting a letter-writing party and collecting cards to send to people who may be going through a difficult time. And don’t forget about the four-legged friends in shelters who need love too! Volunteer your time at an animal shelter for a fun (and cute) experience.

Take Classes

If you have been itching to learn something new, now is the time! There are a number of free online courses ranging from topics such as the science of well-being to the introduction to classical music. Well-known universities like Harvard, Stanford, and Yale all offer free online courses. Or perhaps you have been interested in learning a new language — luckily for you, there are apps for that. Utilize resources across the internet to teach you about that subject you’ve always wanted to know more about.

Try New Recipes

‘Tis the season to test out some delectable baked goods and new dinner recipes. It is also the season of giving! Even if cooking isn’t your expertise, this is a perfect time to improve your skills. Try baking some fresh desserts for your friends and family as a sweet, homemade gift. Or bring your neighbor a hot meal that you can enjoy and try together!


The end of the year is the best time to clean out your home and donate the items that no longer serve you. Go through each room in your home and decide what can go and what needs to stay. Start donation bags to fill with items you no longer use. When it comes time to clean out your closet, implement the six months rule — have you worn the item in the last six months? Will you wear it in the next six months? If you answered no, it might be time to add those clothes to the donation pile! Once you have gone through everything, bring the items to local shelters. Not only will you feel lighter and ready for a fresh new year, but you will also make the holidays so special for others.

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