At-Home Activities to Reduce Stress
The first half of 2020 has been unexpected. We are experiencing a worldwide pandemic and with so many things to worry about and do, feeling stressed because of this is absolutely normal.
With limited access to outdoor areas, we made a list of at-home activities to reduce stress.
Get Five Minutes of Sun
If you have a balcony or garden area, even by the window, it is highly recommended to get at least five minutes of sunshine every day. The sun is a great source of vitamin D and there are many studies that show how this can help boost one’s mood and reduce stress.
This lockdown proved that people don’t need to go to the gym or a yoga studio to exercise. There are a lot of workout routines that can be done at home and just 10 to 20 minutes of moderate physical activity a day can calm your mind and lower stress and. Remember, exercise stimulates the production of our happy hormones aka endorphins.
Chat with friends and family
We are all social distancing but we can all still be connected through the power of technology and social media. Your friends and family are just a button away so call, text, email or video chat them. There’s a study that shows social support can make you more resilient to stress.
Listen to music
Play that feel-good playlist to give you an instant mood boost. Scientific studies have shown that music is stress-relievers. A 2015 study on music for stress reduction concluded that listening to music on a daily basis is a cheap and effective way to lower one’s stress levels.
Unleash your creative side
Cook, build, paint, write, color, knit, decorate – any kind of activity that can help express your creative side. This can also be a new way to bond with the whole family. The small rewards of progress and seeing results are great stress reducers.
Puzzles, crosswords or board games can briefly take your mind off your worries and give your brain a problem that can be solved. Plus, it’s a great activity for the family!
Write a Gratitude List
This allows your mind to focus on being positive every time you face a difficulty. Start by writing down all things that you are grateful for. Consider doing this every day and you will have a better outlook in life.
Put a face mask on, watch your favorite series, have a glass of wine or book a massage. A self-care routine can reduce stress and improves your health.
If you want to add more at-home activities to reduce stress, we would love to hear it!
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