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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Unconventional Ways to Relax

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If you need more relaxation in your life, but you’ve had enough of scented candles, massages, or mindfulness, you may be delighted to know that there are many other, less conventional, ways to relax than the ones we’re all told to try time and time again. Let’s take a look at some of them now.

Laughter yoga

Spending time in a room with a bunch of other people moving through various yoga poses while laughing at the top of your lungs may sound very strange, and maybe it is, but it has also been shown to be an excellent way to relax, de-stress and find more happiness in your life, so if there is a laughter yoga class near you, it may be worth checking out.

Gaming

It certainly isn’t for everyone, but many people find that spending some time gaming can help them to relax by transporting them to another time and place. Games like Drift Hunters are not only lots of fun to play, but they require concentration and skill, which can help you to get into a relaxing flow state where you live in the present moment and only the present moment, which has been shown to be beneficial to mental health.

Play with a pet

Pets have been proven to lower stress levels, help reduce the symptoms of stress and depression, and even lower blood pressure amongst other things. They’re furry little miracles and we’re lucky to have them. So, next time you want to relax, start playing with your pet, or simply just petting him and you’ll soon start to feel better. Don’t have a pet? Borrow one!

Declutter

You might think that tidying up your home is anything but relaxing, however, the process of decluttering makes it necessary for you to really focus your mind on the task at hand so you can be sure to keep the right things and get rid of this stuff you no longer want, which again, can help you to live in the moment and get into a flow state. Not only that but when your home is less cluttered, so is your mind, which means it will generally be much easier for you to relax.

Take on a challenge

Again, this may not seem relaxing, but actually, challenging yourself to a difficult task can take you away from your troubles and give you a satisfying problem to solve, which can actually really help you to calm down. So whether you try your hand at learning French or playing the guitar, do something that challenges you daily.

Try scream therapy

Head off to a deserted mountaintop or deep wooded area and just scream at the top of your lungs until you can scream no more. Once you’re done, you’ll feel so relaxed. Weird yes? But it’s also an extremely cathartic practice, which is why so many people practice this one from time to time.

They may be unconventional, but these activities really do help you to relax, so why not give them a try?

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