During times of high stress I try to increase my self-care and workout activities. This can easily be the first thing that we forget to do when we are stressed or worried. But this is the time when it is most important. I talk about how I started a morning self-care routine here. There are a lot of different types of self care activities, from drawing or writing in a journal, to taking a bath or going to the spa. Another thing you can do is exercise, which releases those happy endorphins to relieve stress, and gives you some alone time. Here are some exercises to try out for self care when you are working on stress relief.
Go for a Walk
Walking is probably one of the best exercises you can do for self care. It is easy to do with a lot of flexibility, doesn’t cost anything, and can be done alone or with others. If you have dogs, you can take them for a walk around the neighborhood or go hiking. You can walk alone during your morning break at work to de-stress, or walk in the evenings with your kids for some family time. Walking alone also helps you to really focus your thoughts and provide much needed private time.
Take a Yoga Class
Yoga is another really good exercise for self care. It is often done in combination with mindfulness meditation and similar relaxation techniques. With yoga, you learn proper breathing techniques to relax your body and mind, and help to relieve your stress. Yoga can also be good for your physical fitness, helping to tone your body and improve your flexibility. You can either try yoga at home or take a class if you want to get out and learn from an instructor.
This is a fun activity that is good for physical health and can be wonderful for your mental health as well. You can also dance in your home, but when you go out to dance, you are benefiting in multiple ways. For one thing, you are more inclined to keep dancing all night long, burning lots of calories and releasing endorphins at the same time. It also encourages you to get out of the house and be more social, which can be great for your stress and depression. Don’t forget that going out can be good for you when you feel like you spend too much time at home, but aren’t sure where to go.
Try Unique Workouts
There are also some of the less traditional ways to exercise, like going indoor rock climbing, heading to an indoor trampoline center, or taking a barre method class. These workouts provide the same recommended amount of exercise, but help you try new things at the same time.