This past week I met with a few of my colleagues and family and we ended up discussing the various ways we could de-stress during the week and weekend. I thought many of the suggestions shared were great and wanted to share them with you!
If you are a parent, family member, or caregiver of someone with a severe or untreated mental health concern, taking care of yourself is even more important. Caring for a loved one can deplete you of all your motivation.
Below you will find a listing of great things to do to relax:
- Read (reading a book in bed is nice at times)
- Sleep in
- Write (journaling, blogging, etc.)
- Pray (prayer is simply talking to God about the things that bother you and asking Him to intervene. Prayer does not have to be a formal activity. Be yourself and relax).
- Go for a walk with loved ones
- Photography (“buy a nice camera and take pictures of nature, family, and friends”)
- Exercise (swim, yoga, walking, jogging, Zumba, aerobics, hiking, gym nastics)
- Engage in introspection (sit quietly and rest your mind and soul)
- Go for a drive
- Stroll through the mall
- Buy yourself something nice (doesn’t have to be expensive!)
- Listen to podcasts online
- Listen to music (upbeat music can have a positive effect on mood, while slower-paced music can encourage feelings of depression. There are times, however, when lower paced music can give you a sense of peace and calm).
- Try Pilates
- Find a dance class (some classes are offered for free at local Community Colleges, agencies, or gyms)
- Sit next to a stream, pond, or river
- Go to a pet shop
- Play with your dog(s) or cat
- Look at a magazine with attractive pictures (looking at photos can give you a sense of joy)
- Look at family photos or watch family videos that make you smile
- Seek personal therapy (check into your EAP-Employee Assistance Program at work)
- Seek pastoral counseling or support
- Call a prayer line or submit a prayer request online
- Play with your children or other kids
- Become a mentor for needy youth (offering your time gets your mind off of your own needs and helps someone at the same time!)
- Travel (traveling can entail going somewhere other than your usual spots. Traveling gives you a whole new perspective on life)
- Try aromatherapy (purchase some sweet smelling scents and spray around your home, on yourself, or in your bedroom)
- Engage in an online group discussion (be cautious and safe)
- Watch cartoons! (as silly as this may sound, cartoons are uplifting and can put you in another mindset temporarily)
- Get a manicure, pedicure, or massage
- Go camping or build a campfire (if done safely, you can enjoy this right in your own backyard)
- Go on a picnic with someone you love or go alone
- Spend time with someone you love or think about them
- Go to the movies
- Stay in your pajamas or lounge clothes all day
- Check Pinterest (there are some great quotes and pictures on this site)
I welcome your suggestions and additions to this list! What are some things you do to de-stress?
All the best to you
Photo credit: Andreas Krappweis
Last reviewed: 3 Jul 2013
Hill, T. (2013). 38 Tips For Finding Ways to Relax. Psych Central.
Retrieved on March 9, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/caregivers/2013/07/tips-for-finding-ways-to-relax/