We all know that the excitement and joy of starting a new year can quickly give away to the stress of work, school, relationships, and other cluttered areas of our lives. And those stressful areas of our lives become even more cumbersome as we ignore them.
But what if we told you that you didn’t have to carry your stress around all day? That you could knock out and melt away your stress with simple activities that you can fit into your busy routine?
House of Organics is here to make your life better than it was before you read this blog (seriously, you’ll thank us later).
Here are five activities that are great for channeling that negative energy into something positive and productive.
#1 Cleaning house
We know it isn’t everyone’s activity. But did you know that cleaning is extremely healthy for your mind and body? Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by that feel-good sensation after accomplishing cleaning, or any small task? Yeah, us too.
Whether it’s just your desk, your room, or your entire house — cleaning gives a positive psychological boost that helps fight stress and makes you healthier. Literally.
That’s right. Not only do you get a cleaner living space — you also get serious mental and physical benefits after organizing and tidying up.
The chaos of the outside world is often beyond our control, but being able to organize and clean our own living spaces isn’t. Put some headphones in, spark up your favorite strain for getting things done, and enjoy.
#2 Taking a hot shower (or bath)
Okay, it doesn’t get any easier than this. Have you ever found yourself longing for a nice hot shower? Even when you’re already clean?
That’s because taking a hot shower is a great way to relax, rinse off our problems, and feel refreshed. It’s a simple yet mentally and physically rewarding activity.
- Hot water and heat reduces tension and inflammation in our muscles
- The stimulation of water touching our skin is relaxing
- Showers give us a chance for privacy and “me-time”
- Hot showers reduce anxiety by helping release a hormone known as oxytocin
- Showering give us feelings of physical and emotional warmth, making us feel better
Next time you’re feeling down, hop in the shower. Or bath. Just try not to waste too much water. A couple minutes can go a long way. Bonus points if you couple your shower with the stimulating body high of a strong indica.
Yoga is one of the greatest activities you can do to boost your physical and mental health. Whether you are just a beginner performing simple stretches or zen master that can turn your body into a pretzel; yoga provides amazing benefits to all.
It releases dopamine and activates the pleasure receptors in your brain, and stimulates your mind and muscles. What more could you want? If they could put the positive benefits of yoga in a pill and sell it, it would be sold out.
Yoga is also known to boost your immunity, mental fortitude, and is an all-around great way to relieve stress and super-charge your day.
#4 Going for a jog (or even a walk)
When was the last time went for a jog? Yeah, probably way too long ago. Did you know that running, jogging, and walking are excellent ways to exercise your mind and body?
Jogging is a great way to get out of the house and away from your problems. It’s also one of the best aerobic exercises you can do! Jogging will take your focus away from distractions, boost your energy levels, and reduce stress. It’s scientifically proven to be one of the healthiest activities that you can do.
Jogging is also linked to other long-term health benefits:
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Great for your heart and cardiovascular system
- Reduces risk of developing all kinds of diseases
- Strengthens your muscles
Easy Activities That Kill Stress and Make You Feel Great
Don’t let stress build up and become the growing background noise in your everyday life. Instead, incorporate these fun and easy activities into your daily routine. They’re simple, enjoyable, and don’t take a lot of time.
Oh, and did we mention that these activities are even better when under the influence of the mental buzz and uplifting euphoria of natural marijuana?
Don’t forget to take control of stress, and not let stress take control of you.
What about you? Do you have a favorite activity for releiving stress? Share with us in the comments below!