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Title: Relaxing hobby
Post by: Mr.Obvious on January 10, 2021, 03:41:31 PM
Looking for a hobby that might help the gf and me relax. Concidered yoga, but the gf tried that once already but it wasn't her cup of tea. Nor does it speak to me really.
Might just turn to plain old meditation. Anyone have good experience with that?
I've been finding myself growing more easily irratable. And the gf has tics which have gotten worse over the past few years. And a lot worse over the last year in Covid. She really suffers from stress and can't deal with it.
I think something purely relaxing might help us both.
Any experiences? Advice?
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: PickelledEggs on January 10, 2021, 04:09:56 PM
Looking for a hobby that might help the gf and me relax. Concidered yoga, but the gf tried that once already but it wasn't her cup of tea. Nor does it speak to me really.
Might just turn to plain old meditation. Anyone have good experience with that?
I've been finding myself growing more easily irratable. And the gf has tics which have gotten worse over the past few years. And a lot worse over the last year in Covid. She really suffers from stress and can't deal with it.
I think something purely relaxing might help us both.
Any experiences? Advice?
Painting?
If you want drawing and painting instruction, I know a guy that does lessons via zoom, btw   :hush:
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: Shiranu on January 10, 2021, 04:22:32 PM
Longboarding is my go-to relaxing activity, though I don't know if Belgium is hilly enough for it. You can obviously do it on flat surfaces but you are going to be doing alot more pushing and it becomes a little less relaxing at that point.
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: Mr.Obvious on January 10, 2021, 04:23:41 PM
Painting?
If you want drawing and painting instruction, I know a guy that does lessons via zoom, btw   :hush:
Funny thing that. My father is amazing at painting and drawing. So is one of his sisters. But I have a horrible sense of control on my finer motor-skills.
I apply the wrong pressure and perform motions incorrectky. My handwriting is simply appalling, due to it.
I think in part it is because of me being born with hyperflexing fingers due to being born 5 weeks too soon.

Though... Maybe. Bob Ross is quite calming indeed.
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: Mr.Obvious on January 10, 2021, 04:25:55 PM
Longboarding is my go-to relaxing activity, though I don't know if Belgium is hilly enough for it. You can obviously do it on flat surfaces but you are going to be doing alot more pushing and it becomes a little less relaxing at that point.

Pretty flat country. Is that like skateboarding?
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: drunkenshoe on January 10, 2021, 04:30:12 PM
Pretty flat country. Is that like skateboarding?

 :rotflmao:  Sorry, couldn't help it.

Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: Mike Cl on January 10, 2021, 04:33:59 PM
First, what do you find relaxing?  Try meditation, but that is not relaxing for everybody.  Give it a shot, tho--a real shot.

Try different things--bike riding, walking (a couple of hours at a time), swimming, or any other physical type activity.  Or something like counter cross-stitching, painting, or even painting by numbers, or quilting, or other crafts (jewelry making).  Or collecting--well, anything.  I used to collect baseball cards and it was relaxing and time consuming--but that can drive some bat-shit crazy; I loved it.  Oh yeah, photography--one can all kinds of stuff with that.  The key is to figure out what takes time and interest but does not drive you nuts.  Good luck in your search.
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: Shiranu on January 10, 2021, 04:34:42 PM
Pretty flat country. Is that like skateboarding?

Pretty much, however the boards are significantly longer and more stable, as well as have larger wheels so they are built more for just riding rather than doing tricks. With soft, slick wheels and good bearings that are pretty loose you can ride it pretty easily on flat ground as well.

Mines in my car, but they are more like this...

(https://preview.redd.it/5witewyath961.jpg?width=640&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=361f5c46764453fbb7f95086204746fdb11e40f8)
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: PickelledEggs on January 10, 2021, 04:40:04 PM

I apply the wrong pressure and perform motions incorrectky. My handwriting is simply appalling, due to it
That is what I specialize in refining, in people. It's quite easy, but it is a bit of practice and work.
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: Hydra009 on January 10, 2021, 04:43:04 PM
Swimming, hiking, card games, board games?
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: Mike Cl on January 10, 2021, 05:06:22 PM
I forgot camping.  I used to love it--back in the day. :)  Find anything and then embellish the hell out of it!  Remember, the key is to find something you like--and don't force it.  Then embellish it to death.
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: Cassia on January 10, 2021, 05:10:19 PM
I love crafts. Very relaxing and satisfying. We pour candles and make concrete statuary, which I like to paint. We used to sell some at outdoor markets but now it is just for donations and gifts.
(https://i.ibb.co/WK2khzq/20190525-080658.jpg)
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: drunkenshoe on January 10, 2021, 05:31:37 PM
Making models? I want to do it but find it intimidating honestly. It's serious stuff. I have a ready kit one. A Leonardo Ornitopther. It shouldn't be too difficult for me.

I want to make one for Solomon. I mean for his memory...Not sure how you say that in Eng. Probably that one. He was brilliant at that. 
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: Mike Cl on January 10, 2021, 05:42:22 PM
Making models? I want to do it but find it intimidating honestly. It's serious stuff. I have a ready kit one. A Leonardo Ornitopther. It shouldn't be too difficult for me.

I want to make one for Solomon. I mean for his memory...Not sure how you say that in Eng. Probably that one. He was brilliant at that.
I used to love that!  I like putting military ships and loved making tanks and military vehicles.  I would then make a diorama out of several of them--battle scenes and the such.  Oh, I used to do bisque as well.  Made many chess sets and all kinds of stuff. 
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: drunkenshoe on January 10, 2021, 05:49:41 PM
That is what I specialize in refining, in people. It's quite easy, but it is a bit of practice and work.

Said the hyper realist. That's not easy. It's easy for you, and probably doing it with you, but it is a ton of hard work and practice for normal people just to get to a normal, passing level. :lol:
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: SGOS on January 10, 2021, 07:58:38 PM
I want to make one for Solomon. I mean for his memory...Not sure how you say that in Eng.
The closest I can come is a "memorial" or a "remembrance."
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: aitm on January 10, 2021, 08:19:36 PM
I like gardening, but it’s heavily seasonal although there are plenty of veggies that can be pot grown inside during the winter. But that may not be enough energy to “relax” Depending on your neighborhood and interaction with them my older sister 68ish walks her elderly neighbors dogs every day. Win win win.
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: the_antithesis on January 10, 2021, 10:55:09 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IvwOQyiwQg
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: Mr.Obvious on January 11, 2021, 02:59:01 AM
Thanks for a lot of great ideas, one and all.
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: drunkenshoe on January 11, 2021, 03:59:22 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IvwOQyiwQg

NO. e: Are you still making those? :lol:
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: the_antithesis on January 18, 2021, 01:31:19 PM
NO. e: Are you still making those? :lol:


Not really. Although I am thinking of doing another one at some point. Just to have something to do.
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: Gawdzilla Sama on January 20, 2021, 07:52:34 AM
I do intarsia.

(https://i.imgur.com/kErXS2t.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Relaxing hobby
Post by: trdsf on January 21, 2021, 04:24:04 PM
I've been knitting and crocheting for around 15 years now.  Once you hit your groove, it's very relaxing, and you get something out of it you can use or gift.

Of course, I knit things like Fourth Doctor scarves and plush Daleks and Cthulhus and DNA molecules, so it's weird and relaxing at the same time.  :)