There’s no denying it. Life can be very stressful at times.
Between work and school, and relationships and illnesses, life can throw a lot of unexpected things our way.
And when life throws you stressful situations, it’s important to find ways to naturally destress and have more fun.
While it might take a little discipline (hey, we know how hard it can be to put yourself first!), it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to enjoy activities that will help lower your stress levels.
It can be as simple as adding more exercise into your daily routine or carving out time to spend with your dearest friends.
Keep reading to discover some of our favorite activities that help us to destress.
Take a Walk
If you’re stressed out and enjoy exercise, there is no better way to destress than with a long walk.
The reason: When you walk, your body naturally releases endorphins that help you relax and feel good.
On top of natural endorphins being released, walking is good for your body and helps keep you healthy.
And when your body feels good, you tend to emotionally and mentally feel better as well.
Get Together with Friends
During a stressful time, it can be a great comfort to have a friend nearby. A good friend is typically also a good listener, which is important when you feel you need to get things off your chest.
A friend might also be able to give valuable insight into your situation and provide good advice.
Sometimes a friend can also be there to help you take your mind off stressful things.
Nothing beats a good night out with your best girlfriends to lighten your mood.
Have a Night Out
There’s never anything wrong with treating yourself to a night out.
Especially when times are challenging. Go to a comedy club for a few laughs, out to dinner with a group of friends, or see the movie you’ve wanted to see.
Remember that a night out doesn’t have to be super extravagant or expensive.
Perhaps your fun night out might consist of a trip to the park to enjoy the scenery or a day of window shopping. It’s up to you! Choose whatever activity makes you feel calm and relaxed.
Nothing beats a relaxing day at the spa. And sometimes all it takes to relieve some built-up stress is a massage and a fresh manicure. For some extra fun, bring a friend!
It’s always a good time to catch up on the latest gossip while getting your nails painted.
In the Charleston area? Check out this article on the best spas in Charleston to unwind and pamper yourself.
Make a Craft
When stress builds up inside the body, it tends to create a lot of negative energy. Use that energy and put it into doing something creative, like making a craft.
This craft doesn’t have to be anything too crazy. If you’re in to knitting, make a scarf. Love to paint?
Maybe it’s time to touch up some of your furniture or create a new piece of art for your wall. Better yet, have fun by putting your energy into learning a new crafting skill.
Not only will it help you take your mind off the situation, you’ll come out of the experience with a new skill set.
Play a Game
In the hustle and bustle of life, we often forget to add play into our daily routines.
And without any play in your day, you’re missing out on fun. And without any fun, your life is bound to get extra stressful.
Bringing out a board game to play with your friends or family is a great way to relieve stress.
Games give you an opportunity to focus your mind on something other than what’s stressing you out, and the company of others is always fun and relaxing.
Participate in a Charity Race
The best friends forever Pink Ribbon Run is a fun time for everyone who participates.
It’s one of our personal favorite events and are excited to be a sponsor this year on September 17.
This is a family friendly event and all age groups can participate. And it doesn’t matter if you’re not a runner. Walk off stress and join us in celebration by walking the race with your friends and family.
Proceeds from race registration and fundraising will benefit local breast cancer organizations.