Stress Relieving Activities – Part 2

In our last blog, we talked about hobbies as stress relievers, now we are going to tap into more adventurous stress relievers…

Going Outdoors or Indoors

Sports are not only good for stress but also for your body. They require both physical and mental ability. If you feel that you need to break away from all the problems you have, invite a friend or group of friends to have a friendly outdoor game. There are many activities that you can engage yourself in. There is basketball, volleyball, even badminton and ping pong. All of these activities do not require long attention spans and are a sure way to change your focus. Sweating from more strenuous activities has the added benefit of releasing tension in your body and provides long lasting relief.

There are also many indoor sports that you can try. Table tennis only takes up a small amount of space and can be played by many. Board games like Scrabble, Word Factory and bridge are also sports. The only difference is they require you to use your brain. Keep those brain cells alive by getting your hands on board games.

Take A Break

Long hours of work or monthly activities that are monotonous can cause stress as well.

Taking a vacation and breaking yourself away from your work is absolutely a great idea. If you think you deserve the break, ask for some vacation time and go somewhere where work can’t get to you. A change of scenery can keep you from getting all stressed out, and it doesn’t have to be an expensive spa! Anywhere in nature will do and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Vacations offer a lot of things that you can try, but so many of us don’t give ourselves that invaluable gift. There is fishing, kayaking, even rock climbing if you are the extreme type. My mother has a friend who is 91 who started camping when she was a kid and she still goes camping with her family every year! But if you are not into serene or quiet hideaways, seeing a new city or experiencing a new culture and their food and history can take you to a whole new world. You can take your vacation anywhere, even if you only have 30 minutes in your bathtub. Calgon…take me away.

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