5 Stress-Relieving Activities to Try Today
Stress may be an inevitable part of life, but the right coping strategies can go a long way toward reducing it. Not only will you feel less affected by anxiety on a day-to-day basis, but you’ll be better equipped to deal with big stressors if and when they come.
And the calmer and more relaxed you feel, the happier, kinder, and more productive you tend to be as well. It’s beneficial for you and everyone you regularly interact with.
That’s why finding and participating in activities that reduce your stress isn’t selfish; on the contrary, it’s something everyone should do. Let’s explore five creative things to do that alleviate worry and stress.
Being outside and doing light physical work dramatically impacts your anxiety levels. Both are scientifically proven to have calming effects.
Plus, there’s something rewarding about seeing your efforts pay off over time with fruits, vegetables, and/or flowers. So start a plot in your backyard, join a community garden, or even keep a few herbs in pots in your kitchen.
2. Do pottery
Pottery is mentally and physically engaging. You have to focus on shaping your clay while your hands are busy doing the actual guiding. It’s very soothing, especially thanks to the repetitive nature of the work.
Look for a pottery workshop or class near you. Can’t find one? There may be a studio that’ll let you pay to use their materials, tools, and kiln.
Cooking can distract you from troubling thoughts and make you feel more accomplished. Not to mention, it’s fun to witness your own skills in the kitchen improve over time.
Try experimenting with dishes from a certain cuisine, working your way through every recipe in a cookbook, or doing “theme” nights (like Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wings Wednesday, etc.)
If you can’t eat everything you make, consider having people over, giving leftovers to your neighbors and friends, and/or volunteering to prepare food at a shelter.
Freewriting, journaling, or doing some creative writing is a fantastic way to relieve tension. Research shows that expressive writing can help people cope with stress, boost their self-esteem, and reduce symptoms of depression.
So grab a notebook and a pen and jot down your thoughts. Or record a story from your life, create one from your imagination, or look up writing prompts. By the time you’re done, you’ll feel a little better.
5. Call someone
Talking and laughing with someone else lessens feelings of loneliness and increases your self-confidence. With that in mind, I suggest calling a friend when you’re stressed or asking a coworker if they want to go on a coffee run. You don’t need to spend hours with another person to reap the benefits; just 15 to 30 minutes will do.
If you’re really crunched for time, watch a funny YouTube clip for a similar effect.
Stress is an inevitable part of life, so the better your coping mechanisms are, the happier and healthier you’ll feel. Use these strategies to mitigate anxiety and worry.
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