With warm weather on the incline, you can finally break out of the house and do all of the activities you dreamed about this spring. However, just because the weather is thawing doesn’t mean your stress melts away with the sun. There is plenty that can get in our way and unresolved stress can have a significant impact on our physical and emotional health. These are some great stress-reducing activities you can take hold of this season to celebrate National Stress Awareness Month!
Walks are one of the best things you can do to reduce stress. It can be walks outside in the great weather, but it could even be a stroll around the mall. It doesn’t need to be speedy, but simply getting up and moving can reduce tension and anxiety. Walking produces endorphins which boost energy levels and mood. If you would feel more comfortable having a walker for assistance, you can certainly do so! We have plenty to choose from that can accommodate what you may need on a walk.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Step outside and take a deep breath. How great does that simple act feel? Sometimes, we just need to slow down and get back to nature. What activity that takes the form of will be different for everyone. Being immersed in the presence of nature is sometimes referred to as “forest bathing.” It can lower your blood pressure and can be a great way to spend time with loved ones. Don’t let the fear of limited mobility keep you from getting outside. Wheelchairs and scooters can be used on many nature trails and parks. Keep your mobility and say yes to the great outdoors!
The saying goes, “You are what you eat.” Which in some ways is very true. To feel good, you need to eat well. This means making sure you are consuming a well-balanced diet with fruits and vegetables. Make your plate colorful! Fresh produce will start tasting better and better as the season warms. Be sure to take advantage of this.
Chronic pain can be a hindrance to enjoying this spring. Ironically, chronic stress can exacerbate chronic pain. Look for ways to relieve your pain so you can reduce stress and get excited about the season. If you have joint pain, you may want to consider a brace. There are many pain management aids that can help reduce your pain and stress simultaneously because of their ease of use. You may want to consider cold or heat therapy to reduce swelling and inflammation.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to ensure you are living stress-free this spring. Get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful sunshine, and if you need help doing that – contact us today!