What Are Some Relaxing Hobbies For Men & Women 2019

With this article we’re aiming to bring you a list of relaxing hobbies for men & women to do.

Striking a balance between work and leisure is definitely important to be happy and to have a healthy life.

For men, it might appear as if there are only a few activities that men can do, but there are actually tons of things that you can do depending on your preference.


Not only can hydroponics be a relaxing hobby, such as gardening might be but it can also a useful skill that can come in handy. Especially if you enjoy stuff like prepping. Here’s a good hydroponics guide to get you started.

Zen Garden

Creating some sort of Zen garden or traditional Japanese type landscape in your yard is a great way to ease your mind & also potentially add in some property value to your home, depending on how it turns out looking.

Price wise it can go from cheap to a little pricey depending on the materials you have around you, & what your overall goal for it is.

Star Gazing

Something that really anyone can enjoy doing is taking in the stars at night time.

Certain places have better views of this than others but generally you will get a great glimpse of stars to enjoy.

This can be an expensive hobby however with all of the telescopes out there nowadays.


“The art of pyrography has been around for centuries. It is an age-old technique where a heated metal pen is used to burn wood, leaving behind a decorative pattern.”

Rock Collecting

I remember as a kid thinking it was the coolest thing if I found a unique looking rock.

I never would have thought then that people actually do this as a hobby but I can definitely see it being a fun hobby to do when you’re out doing other stuff such as hiking.

Prospecting For Gold, Silver, Gems Etc..

This goes sort of the same principle as the rock collecting, however it can become a much bigger hobby for you.

You can buy metal detectors/prospecting tools to help take finding these to another level and maybe even earning you some money.

Fantasy Leagues

Most people have heard of fantasy football leagues but what most people don’t know is there all sorts of fantasy leagues for all kinds of ‘sports’, not just football.

For example, there is fantasy leagues for eSports, such as video games like League of Legends.

A lot of these are online nowadays to boot, which makes it much more accessible to finding leagues to join.

These can be free to play, as in no gambling involved.

Video Games

video games as a hobby

Theres nothing like chilling playing a video game to relax you.

Well unless you’re playing a pvp game then it can get frustrating, depending on what game you’re playing!

You can also take this even further by streaming yourself while gaming.

Playing Golf

putting courses

One of the most common hobbies that can be relaxing & competitive at the same time is golf.

This doesn’t have to mean playing a full 18 holes. It can be just going to the driving range or even just putting indoors for that matter.

Classic Car Restoration

classic car

Men simply love cars and you if you are into vintage cars, one of the best hobbies that you can do is to have classic car restoration.

Cars have become more innovative and sophisticated these days but you can always find ways to make creative changes with vehicles especially if you have knowledge and some skills to do mechanical work at home.

The feeling that you get when you finally restore a car and bring out its aesthetic appeal and increase its value.

Wood Works

If you are into making your own pieces, why not do some wood works.

Craftsmen are not the only ones who are known to make things out of wood. Even if you are not a pro, you can always find ways to learn and to get started.

You can start with simple woodwork projects and then later on, you can make more items and begin doing more complicated works.

There is just something about making woodcraft pieces that makes it a very interesting hobby. You forget about your worries and stress.

On top of that, you also get to have a wood item that you can either use at home or give as a gift.

Do Sports


Apart from having a relaxing hobby, doing sports is also one of the best ways to be physically fit and healthy and there are definitely different kinds of sports that you can do.

From basketball to chess, you get the chance to burn calories and at the same time interact with other players.

If you don’t like doing exercises, you should play sports.

Whether you are into golf or other more physical engaging sports, it may require a lot of movement but after the game, you will feel more relaxed.

There are different kinds of sports that you can play. This will just depend on which particular sport into.

Some of the most popular sport among men include basketball, golf, soccer, boxing among many others.

Playing The Guitar


For those who are into music, playing guitar is one of the most relaxing hobbies that you can do after a hard day’s work or even on weekends. Music is proven to have amazing benefits to relieve stress.

It is much more effective in distressing especially when you are the one playing the instrument.

For every strum and rhythm, you get to calm your mind. On top of that, you also get to develop your musical skills.

All you need is a guitar and you can start playing your favorite songs.

Aside from guitar, you have the option as to whether you want to play another instrument.

From drums to piano, it really does not matter if you are not a professional musician.

For as long as you know the basics and you are really willing to learn to play the instrument, you will get better and better.

Everyone has dreamed at least once of learning how to play a musical instrument. There are so many ways to acquire an instrument nowadays that you can’t reason out that musical instruments are expensive.

For example, if you are interested in learning how to play an electric guitar, you can purchase a second hand guitar and amplifier on the cheap from Amazon or even Craigslist.


Chess may not require physical effort but it definitely requires mental agility and shrewdness.

Whether you are playing chess with your friends or with colleagues, chess is relaxing in so many ways.

It requires you to think strategically which makes it more challenging and fun.

When you play chess, not only do you get to have a leisure activity that is relaxing, you can also develop different kinds of skills from analytical to logical skills.

Frisbee Golf Or Disc Golf

A frisbee golf target with discs

These are the same thing so there isn’t a difference in the meaning, just some people call them different things.

This is a new hobby that has been gaining popularity recently.

Very similar to regular golf but you use a frisbee instead of a club/ball.


If you haven’t read anything for years, now would be a good time to get started again.

There are so many bargain books on Amazon and other online retailers that it’s nearly impossible for you to not find a few good titles to read.

Give in to the bookworm inside and start reading again. Alternatively, you can just listen to audiobooks if you don’t like to strain your eyes.

Watch movies

Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services abound. Why not start watching movies and write about them in a blog.

Being a movie buff is twice as fun when you can tell others about your thoughts after watching a good movie. You don’t have to be an expert before you can express yourself.


From poetry to fiction to essays, the world of writing always has something for everyone. The simplest way to get started is to start tapping on your smartphone or computer. Start a blog, or just share your writings on Twitter or Facebook.

Find like-minded people online and join online writing contests and write when someone posts a writing prompt.

Make the process dynamic and fun and you will get right into it. The great thing about getting into writing is that you will naturally gravitate toward reading because you need to feed the grey matter with new material if you want writing to be easier.


Find a worthy cause in your town and city and ask them about volunteering. Whether it’s an animal shelter or an organization that takes care of the homeless, volunteer work is always psychologically, emotionally, and even spiritually fulfilling.

There’s great hope when you join an organization as a volunteer, especially when the organization’s values resonate with yours.

Go to the gym

Whether you are slim or on the heavy side, working out will give you a new lease on life, and will bring you closer to yourself because when you’re working out, all your hidden strengths as a person will come out.

Try out all the workouts that you find interesting and find your place in the gym.


The art of barbecuing is more of a religion in places like Australia, and for good reason: when you really get into it, there are just so many things to experiment with.

And who doesn’t love barbecue, right? Barbecuing and smoking are two of the best activities around that don’t even feel like hobbies – they will feel like your calling when you begin figuring out how grill and smoke meat like a pro.

Do a little research and find out which combinations of sauces and spices work best with your favorite cuts of meat.

Allow yourself to be detailed and ornate in your preparation of the meats – and don’t forget to have fun.


We’ve separated cooking here because barbecuing is more straightforward than cooking in general.

If you haven’t been cooking anything more substantial than pancakes and bacon, it’s time you let go of your fear of the pot and oven so you can begin cooking some nice dishes that you and your entire family can enjoy.

You don’t even have to buy a cookbook to get started. The internet is filled with free recipes with detailed instructions and ingredients lists.

The trick is to pick the kinds of recipes that are within your skill level. Our advice is to be as adventurous as possible with cooking, and don’t let your nerves get the best of you.


The thing about gardening is that you can actually create an entire system from scratch using the most basic gardening supply from the local hardware.

If you’re like us you probably are interested in growing your own food.

Start with a few pots, a few seeds, and the determination to not kill your crops and you should be fine.

And if they do wither unexpectedly, well, there’s always the next batch of crops to experiment with. Enjoy the process, read a lot, and try to apply what you have learned as much as you can.


To have a balanced life, you need to spend time not just for work but also for your leisure and your hobbies.

It allows you to not just relax and relieve stress, it also enables you to discover more about yourself and to work on other skills that will help you further improve as a person.

Whether you are into sports or music, it is definitely a great thing if you are active and can do several things.

According to medical science, having a hobby that you really love can actually help improve your quality of life. Some of the unexpected benefits of having a hobby include:

– Improved psychological wellbeing – with a hobby, you will look forward to something that is positive regularly, and this will help you cope with common stressors in life.

– Hobbies that involve regular movement like sports or physical activities like walking can help boost your heart, lungs, and immune system.

– Leisure time has been known to improve mood, self confidence, and self-esteem, which all contribute to a longer, happier, and healthier life.

– All kinds of hobbies have been known to improve memory to some degree. This may be due to the learning process required to start a new hobby, as well as the continuous learning required so you will thrive with your new passion.

– Being immersed in a new hobby can also help improve your sleep. Basically having something to do will tire you out, and this prevents you from staying up at night. Night is for sleeping, and deep sleep does wonders for the health.

Now that your interest has been piqued, it’s time to tell you about some amazing low cost hobbies that you can start today.