Stress is a real silent killer and if you are suffering from stress it can have a really serious impact on your mental health. Yes, one stressful day every blue moon isn’t going to kill you, but one can lead to another, and in many cases, our coping mechanisms just aren’t quite up to scratch.
For some that can mean a spiral into depression and extreme suicidal thoughts, for others, that could mean abusing alcohol, to an extent where you become addicted to the substance and end up in alcohol rehab for example. Stress can impact your life in really the worst kind of ways.
So, to avoid a pathway towards addiction or self-harm, or even just brief periods of your life when it all just gets on top of you, here are four great activities that can destress your life by working as super stress busters…
Activities To Destress Your Life
There’s something about the concentration and creative process of baking that can be incredibly soothing and the great thing about baking is that it occupies all of your senses. You’ve got the sights and smells of what’s going on, the touch and taste of the progress and end product, and even the sounds of mixing bowls, if that’s your kind of thing.
What’s more, it’s something that you can work on over time and become more skilled at, providing you with a passion that you can return to time and time again.
Yoga and meditation are hugely popular when it comes to relieving stress and with good reason too. That reason is, it works!
Yoga is essentially designed for you to connect with yourself more, opening up your mind and body, with it proven to make us more connected with our emotions, think more clearly, and be more focused on things, meaning you can combat stress much more efficiently.
Feeling stressed? Then lace up your hiking boots or running shoes and start putting one foot in front of another. People always say a bit of fresh air will do you good, and that’s absolutely right, while the exercise you’re doing will release endorphins to improve your mood and help you think more clearly.
Similar to baking, art can also be a great way to take your mind off stress and calm yourself down by focusing on a project. Art has long been a stress buster and these days many rehabilitation centers use art therapy to help people develop their concentration and focus.
That can be anything from painting to pottery, cross-stitch to sculpting, whatever type of art you fancy, it’ll certainly help you to destress.