Without a doubt, life has been substantially more stressful since the start of the pandemic and global lockdowns. Nearly two years since the beginning of 2020, many are now beginning to experience the return of normality. This doesn’t mean, however, that we can forgo the consideration of self-care. As we continue to experience the residual effects of isolation, we must prioritise our mental health, which we can do with certain activities.
The benefits of a daily walk are often overlooked. We’ll concede that walking around the same block every day may become tedious, so why not change your route often or get involved in a local walking group. Walking is a great way to destress and it’s excellent for cardiovascular health too. Once your walking fitness has improved, why not join a local running club, or tackle some nature trails?
With a constant need to be connected 24/7, it’s easy to forget how to switch off in both the literal and metaphorical sense. We recommend having an analogue day at least once a month; a day when all your devices are turned off and you live off the grid doing something fun, like baking cookies with your children, tending the garden, going fishing, or attending a local event. Sure, it will be difficult in the beginning, but once it becomes part of your regular routine, you’ll look forward to your analogue days. We’ll wager that you might begin to slot them into your diary more regularly.
Immerse Yourself In Nature
Nature has been demonstrated to have an amazing, positive impact upon our mental wellbeing, with many claiming that water has the most dramatic effect on their happiness. As such, we recommend finding a way to be closer to water, whether a babbling brook or exciting seafront. Paddling out on a calm lake, swimming in a pool or the ocean, or snorkelling can do wonders for your mental wellbeing, which is why incorporating a water-based activity into your routine can do wonders for your happiness.
Colouring in books for adults have become increasingly popular in recent years and for good reason. They allow the mind to focus, bringing about a sense of calm. While allowing individuals to get creative, they also offer structure, a direction that leads to the creation of an image and, with it, a sense of achievement upon completion.
Writing down your feelings is one of the best ways to destress because you are physically acknowledging the emotion, whether positive or negative. In the case of the not-so-happy feelings, seeing them on the page will aid you in formulating a healthy solution to the issue, leaving you less stressed. One lady from abroad has even gone as far as creating “Worry Gobblers” for children allowing them to acknowledge their fears and concerns, which in turn has assisted the parents in addressing the situation.
A New Sport
Taking on a new sport, such as football or squash, is a fantastic way to transform your physical and mental health. While helping you to exercise and destress, such sports will also have a social element too, allowing individuals to get involved with the community and make new friends.