The modern world is great at stressing people out and making life seem more difficult than it actually is. Everyone is stressed out from time to time, but you shouldn’t let your stress keep your down for very long. There are a variety of healthy and fun activities you can take up to destress and keep your worry at bay.
Many of these activities will keep your body fit and your mind sharp as well, providing additional incentive to start right away. There’s no better time to destress and calm the storm in your mind than the present, so without further ado, let’s get into the list.
Read a Book
One of the main reasons people’s minds are so cluttered and sporadic today is because they take no time for themselves. With so many distractions from television, movies, and music, the mind has no time to slow down and relax.
You can solve this problem by sitting quietly and thinking for just a half hour a day or so, and there’s no better way to do this than picking up a good book and reading. It doesn’t have to be any particular type or genre of book either; whatever you’re most comfortable reading should work, as long as you’re taking the time to sit and truly contemplate the words you’re reading and open up your imagination.
Keep a Journal
Another great way to get in touch with yourself is to write down all of your thoughts in a journal and keep it handy. You can also keep a smaller notepad and pencil in your pocket to write down your observations or thoughts throughout the day. Doing this will keep your mind from fluttering and help you remember the important thoughts you have during your life.
Keeping a longer form journal will help you assess what you’ve done during the week and throughout the year, as well as act as a stopping point during the day for you to relax and look back. There’s hardly a better method of introspection than keeping a detailed journal for your private thoughts.
Go to the Gym
Exercising is an incredibly important and critical part of destressing. When you exercise, you release endorphins. These endorphins help activate your body and mind and release chemicals from your brain that make you feel more emotionally stable and healthy. Exercising is also great for your body and physical health because your muscles are active and engaged during a great workout.
It may seem like a lighter and less demanding workout will make you feel better than a heavier one, but this is actually not the case most often. A hard-hitting workout will make you feel like a million bucks after it’s over and lead to repeat exercise.
Go Out for a Jog
Similar to exercising at a gym, going for a good long run will clear your mind and help you focus. You can listen to music if you want but to get a truly clear mind and help steer your focus, you should do so without the aid of music or any other distractions. Running is a great exercise because it opens up the lungs and improves the health of your heart and circulatory system.
Running around your neighborhood will also bring up pleasant memories and help you become more familiar with your surroundings, which will make you more focused and calmer throughout the day. You should run for about a mile if you’re just starting out, but you can increase the distance and time of your run as you get into the groove. Don’t give up on the exercise after just one run, either; keep up the habit and you’ll feel calmer and clearer in no time.
Take Up Boxing
It may seem like an odd choice, but moving your body in the boxing ring is actually one of the most calming and clearing activities you can partake in. Boxing helps your endorphins kickstart themselves and it will actually remove a great deal of hostility and pent-up frustration that you accumulate throughout your day.
Anybody can box too; you don’t have to be a strongman or a particularly great athlete to take up the sport. Simply go to a boxing gym and climb into the ring to spar against a partner who knows your skill level and can help you train your body in the ways you want it trained.