In today’s day and age of constant connectivity and electronics, it can feel hard to unplug and just wind down from things. The constant bombardment from the negative news and the pressures of social media can really get to you, so it’s important to find ways to unwind and relax on your own time.

This is why people need to find a good relaxing activity or hobby to unwind in their free time. Luckily, there are plenty of hobbies out there that can allow you to do just that. If you’re looking for some way to pass the time in a calming yet productive way, then look no further than these options.


A simple way to pass the time in peace is to read – and not on your phone or laptop. It’s a tragedy that so many people choose Netflix over reading, but reading a physical book (and even an e-reader) provides a lot of value to your life. Reading is an important hobby because it helps you strengthen your vocabulary and learn. Not to mention, reading is fun when you find the right book.


Not everyone is outdoorsy, and not everyone likes the idea of touching fish, but becoming an amateur angler is a good way to pass the time and learn a timeless survival skill. All of the masters of fishing swear by this activity as rewarding, fun, exciting, yet still very calming. Even though it may seem like a stressful activity to catch and unhook the fish, it’s far from it. Part of the fun is getting up early to sit by a lake or sit on a boat (canoe, kayak, motorboat, etc.) and wait for the right moment.

Playing an Instrument 

Another skill that seems to be lost is the art of playing an instrument. Plenty of people were forced into piano or guitar lessons by their parents and ended up realizing later in life how much they actually enjoyed it and appreciated it. Learning an instrument isn’t just a good way to catch your crush’s attention at a party; it’s a wonderful way to spend time alone learning to play your favorite songs in solitude.

calming activities is painting


It can be hard to find your creative eye when it comes to painting or drawing, but that’s the fun of painting. The experimentation of throwing colors onto a canvas and slowly learning what and how you like to paint is part of the enjoyment that comes with this activity. It’s also an activity that is conducive to being calm, so you can throw on some relaxing music or a podcast and spend some time coming up with your own masterpiece.

Writing a Book

Maybe instead of reading a book, you’d like to come up with one on your own. The joy of writing a book or writing any kind of literature content (poetry collection, essay, etc.) is that you can spend hours and hours researching topics or coming up with sketches for character profiles, settings, and all sorts of details. The possibilities are endless when it comes to writing a book or short story, so this is a great way to spend your free time creating in peace and quiet.

Learning to Code

While you should try to get away from the technology in your spare time, sometimes we can’t get enough of it. You use the internet and apps all the time, but do you know how they actually work? Learning to code is not only a potentially relaxing hobby to get into; it could be profitable considering how high demand it is. If you fancy yourself as someone who wants to know more of the ins and outs of software and computing, then coding should be your choice.

Build a Piece of Furniture

Lastly, building a piece of furniture may sound kind of contradictory considering you’d likely need to use loud power tools, but the act of building something with your own two hands is a lost art. People need to start building things from scratch again, and making a piece of furniture can teach you a lot about your abilities. Not only that, but if you end up getting decent at it, you can end up making furniture for your own home.

Outside of our work time, people need to start looking for more productive ways to keep themselves preoccupied. The best way to do this, and to unwind at the same time, are the possible calming activities and hobbies you see here.