Two-thirds of Brits use hobbies to destress as over half say relaxing pastimes boost their mental health

It seems we’re a nation obsessed with hobbies, as 59% of Brits found a new passion during lockdown – and two-thirds say it helps them destress. Of the 2,000 people recently surveyed by Samsung, 20% indicated they initially started their hobby to fill in time during weeks spent at home but 91% have continued practising it regularly. The top reasons for keeping up their passion were to battle stress. Samsung ambassador Fearne Cotton backs this, after finding the brand’s new Galaxy Z Flip4 has made her painting and drawing hobby so much easier something which will be music to the ears of 10 per cent of respondents, who have recently taken up the pastimes. The top 10 hobbies according to brits were 1. Gardening. 2. Reading. 3. Walking. 4. Baking. 5. Video Gaming. 6. Cooking. 7. Running. 8. Puzzles. 9. Painting. 10. Drawing