Mindfulness is the latest wellness trend that shows no signs of stopping, and it seems that everyone is talking about the stress-busting meditation technique.

Though there are plenty of books and apps out there to explain how to pay more attention to the present moment, you might be surprised to know that hotel chain Premier Inn has discovered that some classic hobbies like trainspotting can actually be used to help achieve mindfulness.

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Dr Saima Latif, an expert in mindfulness, gives us a list of classic hobbies that have surprising mental health benefits:

1. Gardening


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Ahead of a new Judi Dench documentary, the actress revealed that she plants a tree in her garden when a loved one dies and names that tree after them.

Many people take solace from spending time in the garden.

Give it a try and see if spending time outside in the fresh air helps put your mind at ease.

2. Trainspotting

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Trainspotters can find the process of noting down each train’s number or ticking it off in a data book particularly therapeutic and satisfying.

It can help to focus your mind, which in turn relieves stress.

Trainspotting can also offer the opportunity to go off the grid with no phone or internet connection, as all you really need is a pen and paper, not to mention the benefits of being in the great outdoors.

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3. Pottery

Making something special out of clay can leave you with a feeling of accomplishment.

Pottery can have a great calming effect as the concentration required to produce your own small masterpiece helps centre your mind.

Don’t worry if you’re not the artsy type, give it a go and watch your stresses drift away.

4. Birdwatching

Engaging with nature is free and despite what you may think, you don’t need expensive equipment to take up birdwatching.

Take a few minutes to watch their movements and interactions closely from your garden or local park and notice how quickly your mind begins to focus on the present.

5. Lego

Playing with Lego as children allowed us to become completely absorbed in the worlds we created.

Children don’t worry about the past or the future when they play. Adults can copy this too.

Building your own Lego universe keeps your imagination at the forefront and helps you forget everything around you while still having fun.

6. Knitting

The rhythmic nature of knitting is repetitive, therapeutic, and comforting.

Following a simple pattern can be used almost in a meditative manner to have a positive impact on the mind and well-being.

You can concentrate on your creation and not on the niggling worries at the back of your mind, leaving you relaxed, stress-free, and with a new scarf.

What hobbies help you to be mindful? Let us know in the Comments section below.