5 Summer Activities to Do For Stress Relief

August is often a good time to cool the flames of all the summer excitement we’ve been having throughout June and July. We’ve still got a long while before we have to say goodbye to the warmer weather, but there’s no reason why we can’t turn down the heat a bit by engaging in hobbies and activities that support our wellbeing and restore our energy.

So if you’ve been feeling a bit burnt out lately, consider winding down just a touch and reflecting on the past couple of months with these relaxing and rejuvenating activities you can do while the warm weather lasts.

Experience “blue mind”

If you can get to a nearby lake, pond, river, stream or even the ocean before the end of this summer, then you should try to make that happen. Marine biologist and ocean-conservancy researcher Wallace J. Nichols coined the term “blue mind” to describe the mental benefits that can occur when we spend time near natural bodies of water. It refers to the calm, meditative, relaxed state we experience when we step away from our fast-paced lives into nature. The brain activates a different network that involves more introspective thinking, leading to feelings of connectedness and even a greater sense of creativity.

Try some low-impact water exercises

Thanks to the buoyancy and gentle resistance we experience when we’re in water, pretty much any exercise done in water is low-impact, which is great for taking the pressure off the joints and muscles that would normally be experienced on dry land. Whether you choose to tread water, do some water aerobics or even practice Tai Chi while standing in shallow water, low-impact water exercises are wonderful for those who need a break from the mental and physical stress of their traditional workouts. Research has shown that low-impact water exercises can help reduce general stress, emotional stress, emotional exhaustion, social exhaustion and fatigue.

Laugh around the campfire 

There’s no better way to enjoy the company of family and friends than by chatting or dining together in the yard or at the cottage while the warm weather still allows it. Laughter really may be the best medicine, according to WebMD, A combination of a good sense of humor, a positive attitude, and good friends and family is truly rejuvenating. On a physiological level, the effects of laughter actually very similar to the effects of exercise as it stretches certain muscles and encourages us to breathe quicker as we get more oxygen flowing through our bodies. Just as well, a good belly laugh can be great for relieving tension from both the body and the mind.

Take a stroll in a new place

Traveling can be stressful, but planning no activities other than walking in a new area that’s just a short commute away can be just the opposite. Leisurely walking is a great way to get moving without the stress of more intense physical activity, making it more of a restorative form of exercise that can help keep your stress hormones in check. Whether you plan to explore the downtown area of the town next to yours or go for a walk on a nearby trail you’ve never been on before, slow-paced walking can be very healing. Allowing the mind to wander as you walk has been shown to provide benefits as well, such as enhanced creative problem solving.

Take a nap under the shade of the trees

It won’t be long before the days start feeling really short again, so taking a nap by the pool, in a hammock or on the patio (ideally where there’s shade) can be a welcome midday break this time of year. Our circadian rhythms are actually known to dip between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and napping during this time has been shown to help lower cortisol levels, which essentially helps lower stress. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen, even if you’re under a shaded area.

Engaging in some of the above activities can help you de-stress enough to gain back the energy you need to do all the things you still have planned to do before autumn sets in. Keep it balanced and you’ll be all set!

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