Arrived late to work for countless times this week? Having difficulty to get enough sleep? Forgot to greet someone special on their birthday? Felt super tired in the middle of the traffic? Feeling a bit sick as if you have no rest at all?
Most probably these are cautious indications that you’re not taking care of yourself to the best of your ability. Maybe all you need is to give yourself some relaxation. In this article, we’ll share with you some effective stress-busting activities. Ready?
If you live in some place close to the mountains with amazing places to hike, then it’s perfect to go on a hike. However, not all of us live near the hills. But we can always find a nice park or nearby small forest where we can take a solitary hike in nature.
Hiking is a form of rigorous exercise that can surely recharge your body and mind. It’s also alright to go on a hike at a slower pace to allow more time to contemplate and appreciate the beauty around you. Hiking for a lot of people lifts their burdens and weight and replace it with a sense of peace.
Painting is not for everybody and it’s okay if you’re not good on it. Just simply grab a watercolour paper or a clean blank paper, a paintbrush, watercolours and paint whatever you feel like painting. It’s all about expressing yourself. You can also use crayons, sketch pens, and other colour pencils you have. You can even buy adult colouring books too!
Music heals the soul. Make a playlist of the instrumental versions of songs that you think puts you in a calm mood. While you’re listening, try to concentrate on one of the instruments being played and focus your attention on it for 20-30 seconds.
Repeat doing this by listening to another instrument and continue it until the song is finished. This is a kind of meditative technique that’s very effecting for managing stress. You may try this until it helps you sleep.
What we mean by this is by simply going to your favourite coffee shop, grabbing a nice frappe drink or a cup of tea, and sit outside to watch the world go by. Remember no phones, laptop, and other distractions.
You can also observe the people and watch the sky by sitting on a bench at a local park. Don’t forget to bring your headphones to listen to music.
Whether you plan booking a short weekend getaway at a luxury hotel or beach location, diving into a pool or dipping in the ocean can help you feel refreshed and relaxed! Water is therapy too. However, if you don’t feel spending money for a holiday destination, you can always take a warm bath or take a shower. Don’t forget the candles to set the mood.
If you have extra time, look for a location where it would be easy to catch the sunrise and spend several minutes to watch the sun. The light of the morning sun will give you energy and fill you up with good vibes and energy.
Soaking in the morning sun provides us with Vitamin D which can relax our blood vessels and improve circulation. Immersing yourself in the morning for around 10-15 minutes is the most natural way to get Vitamin D. Plus, this type of Vitamin D can help us sleep more in the night.
Most of us when we feel stressed, the only thing we need is sleep. If you can’t take a nap and have trouble sleeping, listen to calming tunes and put your phone on aeroplane mode. After that, gently and slowly tense or release one muscle in your body at a time. Doing this will make you drift off immediately.
You don’t need to be a good singer when it comes to karaoke! Karaoke is all about having fun. Sing your favourite songs and chill out with the music. Let go and lose yourself as you sing and dance to the rhythm. As you sing and dance, your body can be more relaxed. Plus, you’re having fun too!
Sometimes we don’t notice that the reason we get stress is a large amount of time we waste on scrolling up and down our feeds instead of being outside in the real world. Although these devices and technology is a part of our life and lifeline to the world, they can instantly drain and de-energize us.
Most of the time, the best thing we can do is to turn off our smartphone, shut down your laptop or desktop, and unplug the television. It’s nice to go back to the old-fashioned way, doing something not involving any digital device or doing nothing at all.