Life today is more stressful than it has ever been. Be it from your career, the pressures of society, family issues, or even your educational pursuits – everything can be a cause for stress in your life. In order to develop a better mental well-being, I’ve developed the habit of regularly treating myself to a little “me” time. Here are a few things I recommend you try as well.
Soak In A Hot Tub
There’s nothing more relaxing and calming that hot water combined with a good bubble massage. I got myself an Intex inflatable hot tub, which was affordable but high quality. At least twice a week, I would make my way down to my little spa, turn on some easy listening music, and have myself a soak. It’s a great way to unwind after a stressful day.
Take Care Of Yourself
Whether it’s by getting a new haircut, buying new clothes, or even just giving yourself a manicure – try to do something that you enjoy for yourself. This part is entirely subjective, so you’ll have to think of something that is going to work for you. Ask your friends for suggestions, but don’t take their word for it. Some go fishing, others go swimming, while some enjoy a good afternoon shopping. Taking care of yourself is about you, so it must be something that you enjoy personally – even if it isn’t something expected.
Go For A Walk
If you haven’t tried this one already because you don’t think of yourself as an outdoors-y person, give it a shot. It works best if you can find somewhere less urbanized – a park, the beach – anywhere where you can enjoy nature. It’s best if you skip the headphones (I had a hard time giving them up too, but trust me) – the sounds of nature around you will help ease your mood into a relaxed state and bring down your stress levels significantly.
Indulge For A Day
Most of us spend our days limiting ourselves in various ways. You might be avoiding highly caloric foods, or never sleeping in, or you don’t allow yourself the freedom to go about your day without worrying about what society thinks. Take a day off, and indulge so you can experience life to its fullest. Order that second plate of fries you want, drive your car faster on an empty road (carefully), order from that fancy restaurant instead of being vigilant about saving and fixing a mediocre meal from scraps in your fridge. One day of indulgence won’t set you back, as long as it doesn’t turn into a habit.
Destressing doesn’t need to be complicated, there is absolutely no need to go on an expensive retreat (which can be stressful in itself), or to use any medications (prescribed or not). Reducing your stress levels is all about your mental well-being, and you can achieve this goal entirely on your own if you approach it correctly. All you need is to change your mindset, and your mental state will soon follow suit. Don’t feel limited by the methods mentioned in this article, do whatever feels best for you.