Weekly Activities That Aid Relaxation*

Perhaps you’ve recently gone through a bit of a rough patch and need a bit of help recovering. Maybe you suffer from anxiety or another mental health issue. Or maybe you’re just struggling a little with a very busy lifestyle. Whatever the reason, it’s understandable that you might be looking for something a bit less wild and a bit more relaxing to do with your time. Here are a handful of weekly activities, tasks and hobbies you might want to consider committing yourself too.

Learning a musical instrument

Learning a new instrument, like the piano or a guitar, might seem like a big challenge. However, doing so is a great way to take your mind of the daily stresses and strains of life. This is because you will be so focused on learning something new, your brain won’t have time to think about other things!

If you are trying to keep stress to a minimum and convenience to a maximum, consider the size of the instrument you want to learn. It’s a lot easier to transport a flute than it is a double bass, for instance! Commit to weekly lessons for three or four months; this will mean you cover all the basics. From there you can decide if you want to make it a more permanent arrangement.

Wildlife Photography

With city photography, you are at the mercy of lots of noise and passing people. With wildlife photography, you are at the mercy of the animals you’re trying to snap. However, with landscape photography, things are a lot more relaxed. In some cases, like with mountains or hills, they stay exactly where they are! This means that the only thing you have to worry about is the lighting. Oh, and the weather!

Landscape photography allows you a real escape from daily life. You can get out into the countryside, and be at one with nature. Try and go at least once a week, and aim to discover something new each time to keep it fresh.

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Yoga

Yoga is a form of exercise that helps every single part of your body. It aids your body, getting it stretchy and supple. In turn, your limbs become firmer, and your posture improves. It also helps your mind, helping you become calm and rested.

If you are already a member of your local gym, there is a good chance that they offer classes. These might even be free, as part of the price you already pay. Join the class and see how you like it. Remember that it will be tough at first, and you will need to need to give it some time.

If you aren’t a member of a gym or your gym don’t offer it, you will probably be able to find a class in your local area. This might be at a church hall or even a school. Otherwise, learn at home via a YouTube tutorial.

Alternatively, you could try Pilates. Similar to Yoga, it is also great at promotion relaxation. Doing either Yoga or Pilates once a week is highly beneficial, but even better is twice a week. Then you’ll start to notice the difference even faster.

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4 thoughts on “Weekly Activities That Aid Relaxation*

  1. I love playing my oboe when things are getting on top of me. It used to be my go-to escape. I’m not able to hold it at the moment because of my EDS, but I’m hoping to get back to it in the future. I do yoga daily & find it really beneficial both physically & psychologically. I’m working on building my practice up from 10 mins per day to 3x 10 mins. I love the suggestion of wildlife photography, especially as the summer is around the corner, so I’ll be making a concerted effort to add this into my routine as well. I find craft activities really relaxing too. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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