An important part of coping with stress is having a hobby, or something that you can do that you enjoy.  Some hobbies may not be extremely relaxing (such as playing a shoot ‘em up video game), but other hobbies generally promote a feeling of contentment, satisfaction, and peace (crafts, walking/hiking, fishing, riding a motorcycle).  There is some evidence that doing something enjoyable reduces the physiological arousal associated with stress for up to 2 or 3 days afterward.

Some people are very focused on being productive in their lives, and don’t take the time to develop hobbies or enjoyable activities.  The trouble is that this is a recipe for stress building to an unmanageable point.  Another thing to consider is that it is very productive to take care of yourself, because you will feel better the rest of the week and have something positive to look forward to on a regular basis.

Also, when you have regularly scheduled enjoyable activities, it can help you to cope with a difficult week.  You can think to yourself, “this has been a rough week, but it won’t be long and I’ll be able to _______.”  Fill in the blank with your hobby.

Generally speaking, very passive hobbies such as watching TV are not very helpful in reducing stress and may be unhealthy.