Sometimes, we need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life. We need time to relax and refresh our body, mind and spirit. Relaxation also increases your productivity and work ethic. So, when you get back to work, you will be brimming with fresh ideas and renewed energy to take on more challenges.
Below are several fun activities that can help you relax and relieve stress.
1. Practice Yoga
Yoga is one of the best hobbies for reducing stress. Simple yoga asanas, such as the Cat-Cow pose, Crocodile pose (Makarasana), Child pose (Balasana), and legs up the wall pose, immensely refresh the body and mind.
2. Listen to Soothing Music
Cool, calm and relaxing music can take away your stress and worry. All you have to do is create a playlist of soothing tracks to help you relax whenever you are stressed.
Sit alone in a dimly lit area and meditate. Feel your breathing and your heartbeats. Let your thoughts flow through your mind, and let them go.
4. Play a Board Game
Board games are fun to play and help take one’s mind off things. The stress dissipates faster when you play with family and friends. Board games even bring back some lost childhood memories. In Vietnam, board games like Xom Chim, Bom Lac, and Dong Hanh are popular to play with family and friends.
Besides the local board games, online table games like baccarat, roulette and poker can also help you relax after a long day at work. All reputable sòng bài trực tuyến (online casinos) offer these table games. But in Vietnam, you need a VPN to access such casinos. Comparison sites can help you choose trustworthy sites through reviews and guides. In addition, the platforms provide details on different games, and information on the latest welcome bonuses.
5. Watch the Sunrise
Find a good location, preferably at the top of a building to watch the sunrise. The morning sun is good for your body, soul and mind. It energizes and gives positive energy. It also gives vitamin D, enhancing blood circulation and relaxing vessels.
6. Go for a Walk
You can go for a walk in the park. The best time to do this is in the morning when the air is still fresh. Nature has a way of soothing the nerves and relaxing the body. Refrain from taking along your music when going for a walk. It can distract and unsettle you.
7. Take a Hot/Cold Bath
Whenever you are highly stressed out, try taking a hot/cold shower. This contrast shower relaxes your body. First, take a hot shower followed immediately by a cold one. Ensure you repeat the bath two to three times. Athletes and fitness experts use contrast showers to relieve fatigue and muscle soreness.
8. Go for a Swim
Swimming is a recreational activity that can help you relax. When you swim in a natural lake or swimming pool, your nerves will be relaxed.
Go for a Massage
Getting a massage will not only relieve stress but also reduce joint pains, sleep issues, headaches, digestive disorders and anxiety.
10. Pen your Worries
Putting your thoughts on a piece of paper can be cathartic. So, get yourself a diary and begin to write. Pen down what’s going through your mind, what’s bothering you, what you hate and love, etc.
Stay behind closed doors, put on your favourite music and dance away. Sway to the rhythm and try not to focus on your dance style. Just let go, enjoy the rhythm and let it guide you.
12. Watch Comedy Shows
Comedy shows also help free your mind and laugh away your worries. You can either go for a live show or watch the comedy on tv.
13. Watch your Favorite Childhood Cartoons
If you once loved watching cartoons as a child, connecting with your inner child can help you relax. Cartoons like Tom and Jerry, Winnie the Pooh, and The Flintstones can help you relax.
14. Go to a Beach
Visit a beach, sunbathe and listen to the water waves. You can be relieved from stress by just strolling along the beach.