Staying healthy is important to most people. As more and more studies are done on the effects of our food and environment in relation to our bodies and minds, many people are becoming more conscious of what they do and eat on a daily basis. Finding ways to relax is also a priority, as stress and anxiety become more common in our technology-focused world.
Yet it can be difficult to find ways to beat those negative feelings, especially when depression is involved. There’s always something to take care of or a responsibility that creeps up, and it can be hard to get away from some perspective. The good news is that you don’t have to take vacation days in order to take a break. No matter where you live, chances are your region offers lovely scenery, natural wonders, and historic sites all within driving distance of each other, so you can find a way to boost your mental and physical health during your lunch hour, if need be. Here’s proof.
Head to the park
As Exodus Travels shows, India is full of beautiful parks, some with natural waterfall formations and others with caves, canyons, and other scenic features. These are great places to go if you want to get some exercise or bond with your family, because they allow you to spend time outdoors, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Everyone can put down their phones and just enjoy their surroundings.
Psychology Today points out that simply spending time outdoors can boost your mental health. For more ideas on how to treat your anxiety and stress by living well, check out this helpful guide.
Get to the water
There’s something about being by the water that’s soothing to many people, and the many lakes, rivers, and streams, as well as waterfalls, and coastal areas, provide abundant options. From touring historic lighthouses to fishing, to simply lounging on the beach, areas near to water are great places to spend an afternoon or even a weekend, especially if you’re looking for a reason to get away with the family or your significant other. Offering everything from a little romance to adventure, there’s something for everyone near the water.
Spend a day at the museum
Heading to the museum can be a great way to forget your anxiety or stress and immerse yourself in art, history, and learning something new. Whether you’re interested in the railroad system, or the Civil War, there are plenty of museums that will give you a chance to expand your horizons a bit. This is a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids and focus on something outside of your every day worries. Consider a niche museum, such as the Kite Museum in Ahmedabad, or others, too numerous to list here.
Enjoy a staycation
Although getting away from things can certainly help you to clear your mind, don’t rule out the power of a good staycation. Staying at home, relaxing on the couch, and watching your favorite movies or TV shows may be just what you need to refocus. However, make sure you set your staycation up for success. For instance, stock up on good food and goodies (a few snacks won’t hurt anyone), and spend a little time straightening your home. Clutter and chaos can actually make you feel worse, so try to keep everything tidy for the duration of your at-home getaway. After all, the whole point is that you get a chance to relax.
Check out a sport
Sports fans may enjoy taking in a game of football, baseball, hockey, tennis, or basketball. There are plenty of games and events to attend no matter where you live. Head out for the weekend and bring your family along for a day to remember. Some areas even have sports-related museums.
Remember that taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. If you’ve battled depression, anxiety, or substance abuse, it’s imperative that you find ways to feel good that are also good for you. Take up a new hobby, or talk to your family about the best ways to have fun when the workweek is done. Doing so can help boost your mood, self-confidence, and ability to handle anything that comes your way.
This article is contributed by Diane Harrison of HealthPSA.info