In 2018, Time Magazine found that 40% more people experienced stress than the previous year. Anxiety is on the rise, and current events certainly aren’t helping! Whether you’re stressed from being stuck at home or stress is a daily part of your life, you need some concrete activities to help you manage your anxieties. Explore these 10 activities you can do at home to help you fight off those negative feelings and emotions.
1. Online Classes
Keeping yourself occupied by learning new things is a great way to distract the mind from anxieties. From learning online marketing to becoming a licensed eyelash technician, there are so many different topics out there that you can study online. Choose something you’ve always been interested in, but never had time to learn! Explore classes that could further your current career! Here are some interesting topics you may want to keep in mind:
- How to play an instrument
- How to draw
- How to code
- How to speak a new language
- How to play chess
2. Coloring or Drawing
For something a little simpler that still allows you to get creative, it’s time to break out the coloring books. You can find coloring books that cover every topic imaginable. Fill in intricate mandalas, scenes from your favorite movies, or draw your own coloring books and share with your family to try a stress-relieving activity that includes your whole family.
Exercising has been lauded as a stress relief strategy for decades! It releases endorphins, helps you relax tense muscles, and regulates your sleep cycle. Exercising doesn’t mean you have to head out on a run or go to the gym! You can do strength training, HIIT, and yoga at home, too. If you aren’t sure where to start, you can search videos online to find an instructor that caters to your experience level. Working out with a buddy or friend? Why not try couples workouts or HATHA Yoga?
4. Meditation & Breathing Techniques
Planting a garden isn’t limited to people who have the appropriate outdoor space for one. You can grow a small garden indoors that includes all your favorite cooking herbs and spices. Some herbs you can grow indoors year-round include:
You can get seeds from local farms (and support a local business!), but in most cases, you don’t even need to buy any special seeds. Just take some leftovers from the fresh herbs you bought at the store last week and use them to sprout whole new plants. For people who want to try growing plants that are a little more challenging and time consuming, look into regrowing avocados, onions, garlic, and even potatoes from your leftovers.
If you prefer natural remedies for stress, using aromatherapy might be the perfect solution for you. Aromatherapy is more of an auxiliary stress relief strategy that you can use in tandem with yoga, meditation, coloring, or any other activity. You can even have a diffuser sending out your favorite scents while you’re hard at work. Some recommended scents including:
- Chamomile or Lavender for Sleep
- Citrus Fruits or Bergamot for Mood Lifting
- Jasmine or Clary Sage for Relaxation
8. Try New Recipes
Cooking at home is a great way to relax and save money on eating out! Explore different interests in the kitchen such as breads, pastry, pasta, and more. Finding recipes online is easier than ever, and you can even watch videos that show you exactly what every step is supposed to look like.
9. Get A Hug
Just like petting an animal, getting a hug has been scientifically proven to improve your mood and mentality. It might be hard at first to walk up to your roommate or family member to request a hug, but you’ll notice you feel much better once you do. Stuck at home alone? Try a self-love hug through different yoga poses like Constructive Rest, Modified Goddess Pose, Apanasana, or Sukhasana.
10. Be Grateful
It can be hard to remember the good things about your life when you’re stressed or anxious. Make it a point to take time out of your day to remind yourself what you should be grateful for. Make it physical with a pen and piece of paper. Write a list out and review it throughout the day whenever you get overwhelmed. You can even make it a regular part of your routine to list five things that you appreciate about your life every day.
With these stress relief techniques, you have plenty of options to help you get through the day. Try them all and decide which are best for your needs.