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Hobby ideas to relieve stress and improve mental health

Did you know, hobbies can lead to a 34% reduction in stress? That’s right. Just breaking out of the humdrum routine and doing something fun can have a huge positive impact on your mental health.

With this in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to come up with a few hobby ideas for 2020 – all of which involve using our cheap and cheerful rope products. Take a little time for yourself this year. Boost your psychological well-being and try one of the relaxing hobbies below.

  1. Macramé

2020 is set to be a big year for macramé. This is the perfect hobby idea for anyone who likes to knit or crochet. Essentially, it involves using knotting techniques to create a range of beautiful boho items – such as wall art, jewellery, plant hangers, handbags and more. To get started, simply invest in a reel of braided cotton cord and check out our step-by-step beginners guide to macramé.

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  1. Arts and crafts

This is another relaxing hobby that will both provide a creative outlet and improve your focus. Various ropes can be used for arts and crafts (e.g. sisal twine, cotton string, coloured cord) and they’re all relatively cheap to buy. For this particular hobby idea, the possibilities are endless. Just put a couple of hours aside each week, search online for a little inspiration and see what lovely things you come up with.

  1. Rope exercises

Studies have shown that 30 minutes of daily exercise, 3-5 times a week can reduce stress considerably. So why not give rope exercises a go? These are really easy to do and they have a wide range of benefits. For example, they will get your heart pumping – improving your overall fitness – and the physical activity will release ‘feel-good’ endorphins and support your mental health.

Here at RopesDirect, we have a comprehensive range of battle ropes to choose from, with something to suit all budgets and ability levels. Just add them to your basket and get started!

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  1. Sailing

This particular hobby idea may take a little longer to master. But if you have the time and you can afford to buy or hire a boat, it can be very relaxing. Getting to grips with all the different yacht ropes and sailing lines can – in itself – be a good distraction from the day-to-day stresses of life. Then, when you’re ready to set sail, you can either enjoy the tranquillity of being on the water or practice for a sailing competition.

  1. Gardening

Gardening is another fantastic hobby to help relieve stress. Not only does it provide a full-body workout, but spending time outside can help to boost overall mood – particularly if it’s sunny! What’s more, it creates a sense of purpose and promotes creativity. You can take any space and transform it into something truly beautiful, perhaps with plants, furniture, decking rope and more. And the added bonus? Once it’s finished, you have somewhere to sit and engage in mindfulness.

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Buy rope for your new hobby

If you’d like to improve your mental health, why not invest in the ideal rope and give one of our hobby ideas a try? We stock a comprehensive range of products that are perfect for these rope activities – all of which are available for a competitive price and eligible for next day delivery. Just browse our online store, add a few things to your basket and you’re good to go.

Our team are always on hand and happy to help. To find out more about how hobbies relieve stress, or for more information on the rope products available, give us a call on 01692 671721. Alternatively, you can send an email to and we’ll get back to you.

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