Stress is linked to countless health issues. According to the Mayo Clinic, unresolved stress could eventually cause issues like heart disease, diabetes, problems sleeping, depression, memory issues, skin conditions like eczema, and autoimmune diseases. Traveling is a common leisure activity people use to reduce stress. Unfortunately, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, traveling is no longer a safe option for stress relief. While vacations might not be on the table, staycations are certainly a possibility.
If your staycation hasn’t provided you enough stress relief, consider the following options for getting the relaxation you long for.
Don’t Neglect the Benefits of Exercise
We’ve all heard that exercise can have profound health benefits. Many of us associate exercise with long, intense runs or lifting weights. Despite what many think, exercise doesn’t have to be difficult or make us sweat buckets. One study conducted by the University of Utah’s School of Medicine found that moving around for just two minutes for every hour’s worth of sitting resulted in a 33% lower risk of death.
One of the most enjoyable forms of light exercise is walking. Consider visiting a local walking trail with friends. You could take a few laps around your block or down the street and back. If you’re feeling under the weather or don’t want to go outside, walking inside the comfort of your home or apartment will help reduce stress, too.
Have You Tried Meditating?
Meditating has been used by our ancestors for thousands of years to reduce stress. This stress-busting activity entails nothing more than pushing your thoughts away. You can meditate while standing, sitting, or lying down.
Don’t meditate for too long when you’re just starting. You might burn yourself out and lose interest in meditation. Aim to meditate for just a few minutes each day at first.
CBD Gummies Could Help
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is an alkaloid produced by cannabis plants. Unlike most cannabinoids, CBD doesn’t make you feel high. Similar to cannabinoids like THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol can help you relax.
CBD gummies are a tasty, convenient way of dosing CBD without the mess or smell of raw cannabis flower. These gummies can even promote relaxation, making it a great addition to your daily routine before bed.
Make Time to Socialize With Others
The COVID-19 pandemic has rendered countless normal social functions dangerous. Simply being in close proximity to others can leave you exposed to the novel coronavirus. Fortunately, there are many safe, healthy options for socializing with others.
Consider hopping on a Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime call with one of your closest friends or family members. Look online for meetings about coping with social isolation that you can visit from the comfort of your computer or smartphone. Seek out restaurants with outdoor seating arrangements. Sitting outside will reduce your chances of catching COVID-19 while still allowing you the opportunity to socialize with friends.
Getting away from stress can be difficult. With sustained effort on your part, you can use these four activities to start reducing stress levels and improving your quality of life.