One of the greatest modern threats and menaces to human kind is definitely stress. This coeval condition is caused by our constant movement and pursuit for better life conditions, not allowing us to “stop by and smell the flowers”, and to ease off. A fast-paced lifestyle can lead to serious health issues, leaving us mentally ravaged. The silver lining in the widespread nature of this condition is that foolproof stress relieving activities are well known to the general public. The activities are most often some combo of a seemingly light physical sport that drains will-power and stamina, engaging the performer through and through.
Becoming more popular as it becomes more affordable, boating is on the constant rise among modern people. Though buying a ship or a boat is the fastest way to get into the trade, it is too sudden a change to be comfortable. Building a boat, whether by yourself or with the help of experienced professionals will have you enjoying yourself as you work (woodwork is a relaxing hobby as well), and then as you sail your own craft on the open waters for the first time. Sailing is considered one of the most relaxing hobbies, with the blend of wind, waves, and physical and mental alertness. Also, experiencing nature in this raw form will help you gain some perspective and a new perception of being. And the bonus is the amazing sailor’s tan!
Gardening as a stress repellant is a tale as old as time. Growing a plant is a fragile, yet loving business, but it’s certainly a calmer one than growing a child. The role of the nurturer, sans problems not related to the nurtured object’s most basic needs – food, shelter, fresh air and sunlight, is a pleasant and rewarding environment. Working a field, will leave you tired and in a constant worry about the outcome of the crop, but a smaller scale garden is only the good, none of the bad. Far eastern cultures have always focused on the peace of mind and the search for a state of Zen. Zen gardening is a thing that westerners have easily adopted. Tiny Zen garden sets including a bonsai plants, gravel and stones may not exactly traditional, but the relaxation you feel while working them is real.
Coming from the ancient Hindu tradition, this form of exercise found its place and application today. It is highly popular because it requires neither special equipment, nor a designated room, so you can work out at home. Its popularity has made it more accessible in the digital age as well, and you can make sure you stay consistent in your yoga routine with the help of several apps (staying consistent with exercising is something most of us need a little help with, actually). Yoga is deeply connected with meditation, it can help you relieve from daily pressure, as you look for inner peace and balance. Many forms of yoga also combine some form of physical activity, and the benefits are doubled.
So, think carefully. Can you really avoid stress? No, never. But you can do so many things remove the psychic restraints it places upon you. Occasionally doing something involving body and soul is enough to get you through the working week, and out of the rut of deadlines.
This article has been kindly supplied by our guest blogger Kate Flannery.