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How hobbies reduce stress

Having a hobby is an effective way to manage stress; it can also increase overall physical and mental wellbeing

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Having a hobby is an effective way to manage stress. It can also increase overall physical and mental wellbeing. Hobbies can lower blood pressure and the body’s primary stress hormone, cortisol. Having a hobby has also been associated with lower body mass index and better physical function. It can enhance work performance, lead to higher job satisfaction and lower the risk of job burnout.

The list of benefits goes on and on, so what do you enjoy doing? Regular exercise has obvious benefits as does taking a daily walk. Maybe you like to play in a local athletic league or hit the gym. Maybe puzzles or games are more your style. How about woodworking, drawing, painting, music or photography?

There’s something out there for everyone. And you don’t need a lot of time, talent or money to have a hobby. Joining a club or other organization geared toward your hobby can be both inspiring and provide an opportunity for socializing with people outside of public safety.

So, whatever your hobby may be, make sure you find it meaningful, enjoyable and engage in it regularly.

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Gordon Graham has been actively involved in law enforcement since 1973. He spent nearly 10 years as a very active motorcycle officer while also attending Cal State Long Beach to achieve his teaching credential, USC to do his graduate work in Safety and Systems Management with an emphasis on Risk Management, and Western State University to obtain his law degree. In 1982 he was promoted to sergeant and also admitted to the California State Bar and immediately opened his law offices in Los Angeles.