–noun, plural -bies.
an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation: Her hobbies include stamp-collecting and woodcarving.
In my case the above sentence should read "Her hobbies include knitting and swimming."
In fact I would go further and say that my hobbies keep me from going insane, so they are much more than a mere relaxation technique and much better for my health than Valium or alcohol.
For me knitting has provided a constructive distraction, an escape, and an outlet for my creativity. I find it an oversimplification to call knitting a hobby since it is so much more to me. I do a lot of thinking while knitting and a fair amount of praying too. Knitting has also provided me a way to keep my hands busy so that I am not chewing on my fingernails, a habit I've fought most of my life.
Every mom who loves her children and her husband needs a good hobby in order to "get away," relax and be creative. Moms need times of refreshment on a regular basis so that they can handle the trials of childrearing and family life with more grace and less pent up tension. Everyone needs a break. Even God rested on the 7th day of creation.