the top five ways i destress

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Hiking- I am an avid believer that nature can cure all. The air is a little more clear up in the mountains and having to focus on getting to the top is a good distraction. Pack a healthy lunch and enjoy the view. Practice mindfulness and take in all of the fresh air.

Gym– You don’t have to be a fitness guru to go to the gym. Most people I know either live at the gym or are completely intimidated by everyone and every machine there. Exercise helps greatly. Go work out, walk the treadmill for a half hour while you watch Netflix. Anything that you do to keep the blood flowing will help destress you as well as make you feel productive while also taking your mind off of life.

Reading– I used to read almost every day. Now I am a tad busier and rarely get to pick up a book. I’ve adapted by buying poetry books. Reading a poem or two helps clear the mind and allows you to put all of your focus onto something else. Not only is it a way to distract, but it still keeps your brain working as you read and analyze on your own. If you have the time and can read a couple of books here and there please do, I’m jealous! If not go grab a couple poetry books and read a short poem here and there.

Go outside and write. It’s my favorite thing to do.

Writing– Now this isn’t for everyone, but sometimes if you have too much going on in your head the best thing to do is to take out a pen and paper and go to town. Write your feelings, make a list of what is bothering you, create a schedule for the next week, just write anything. It will help organize your thoughts and bring clarity.

Grabbing lunch– You deserve a break from the ever-growing list of to-dos. It seems never ending so go take a break and make sure you’re fueling your body. A nutritious lunch, either by yourself or others, can help recharge you and get you going for the rest of the day. Remember to take care of yourself!