3 Quick Getaways That Can Help Lower Stress
By Genevieve Cunningham
Lowering your stress is not always an easy task. It often seems that as soon as we're able to release a little bit of our daily burden, a new kind of stress quickly takes its place. If we're not careful, excessive stress can damage both mental and physical well-being. And because it brings potential harm, it's important to continually find ways to lower the feelings of stress. But how? Along with finding a good distracting activity, it can also help to find places that bring about a sense of calm. If you need some ideas for lowering your stress, take a look at these three places to go to give your body a start.
Garden or Arboretum
There's something about nature that is extremely relaxing. If you have a local garden or arboretum nearby, make a trip once per week or so -- or whenever you need it. Walk through the rows of plants, take deep breaths, or participate in one of their classes or activities. Being around the greenery and life can lower your stress, slow your breathing, and bring a calmer feeling to your thoughts and emotions.
Almost every town has a local -- and completely free! -- library. If you take a trip to the library, you'll find a few common themes that can help lower stress. First, the library is comfortable and quiet. You can grab a book and cozy into a chair in the peace and quiet. But it also provides a great distraction. Whether you dive into a fiction novel, learn a new task through a how-to, or even peruse a cookbook, the library provides seemingly endless distractions for the mind. Give this a try to quickly and effectively lower your stress.
If you need more activity to help you forget your worries, check out a local dance class. Many cities have various forms of dance classes open to the public. Salsa, ballroom, and even ballet can be found in many locations. And if all else fails, join a fitness based dance class like Zumba. So why choose dance? Because you'll get an incredible workout while allowing your mind and body to completely let loose. Even if you walk into the room stressed, the movement will help you shake out the extra worries and leave the room in better health.
Stress isn't going to magically or suddenly disappear from your life, which is why it's so important to learn how to deal with it. Use these tips to manage your stress, and enjoy better health and a lot fewer worries in your life moving forward.
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