When it comes to developing personal therapy strategies that can help you get through stressful times, there are plenty of ways you can go about those developments. Many people fall into retail therapy, some may book a day at the spa, and both are great ways to release that stressful energy into something that sparks joy. But as everyone knows, spa days aren’t cheap, nor are spa procedures, and “retail therapy” can end up costing you a lot of money you didn’t know you were spending.
However, there are plenty of ways you can de-stress without breaking the bank – or even without having to open your wallet. If you’re interested in discovering a few ways to get rid of excess stress or even just find a bit of relaxation, here are a few ideas that our members love:
Turn on some of your favorite tunes.
Studies have shown that there’s a close emotional link between music and our well being. Some people may find classical or instrumental music to be soothing, or even just music at a lower decibel level. Also, there’s often a strong memory trigger when it comes to music you know, so if you want to relive some happy memories, pop on your headphones and tune out the rest of the world.
Try out a new hobby or pick up a new skill.
Taking time away from a stressful day to learn something new and interesting can help increase calmer feelings. There are thousands of free apps and YouTube videos that give tutorials on anything from hair and makeup styling, learning a new language, arts and crafts, and so much more. During the pandemic shutdowns in 2020, many people took advantage of the free time they had to develop new skills they could channel into a hobby that brings them joy and relaxation.
If you have a pet, give them a little extra love.
According to scientific evidence, the stress levels in humans decreases when they pet their fur baby. In fact, many psychiatrists will “prescribe” an emotional support animal to patients with extreme anxiety and/or depression. So if you’ve got a furry friend, give them a cuddle, and if you don’t have a pet but want some critter love, many animal rescues allow folks to visit and give their animals some attention.
Explore the outdoor world around you.
If you’re stuck at home or in an office for most of your day, you can probably appreciate just how soothing it can be to hike through more rural areas of your city or general area, taking in fresh air and temporarily disconnecting from your devices. Studies have shown that spending time outside surrounded by nature can improve your blood pressure and muscle tension, and it can be a benefit for your overall healthy well-being.