2020 has not been kind to any of us and this is a truth that we can all agree upon. With a huge pandemic looming all around us, we have been confined to the choking loneliness of our homes and at times, it has driven us truly crazy. But, even the darkest of nights ends in a bright day and just like that, 2020 is almost over and we are all very excited to welcome 2021 with arms wide open.
But we, the solitary couch potatoes that we became in 2020, can’t transition to a group of lively and active people overnight—everyone needs to heal their minds after the nightmarish year that we had. In a recent study by McKinsey and Company, the pandemic has been observed to cause 1 out of every 4 people to start binge drinking during the lockdown and people have also been using illicit drugs to deal with the loss of jobs, huge cost of medicines and the stress of not getting to go outside. At times like this, it becomes crucial to be kind to your mind and we can only do that if we know about ways to de-stress ourselves.
So, today, we have brought out an article that will teach you how to de-stress, heal yourselves and forget the troubles of 2020 to buckle up for a new year ahead! Without further ado, let’s get started.
Go for a 10-minute-long walk
What can be a better way to de-stress yourself than going for a walk all by yourself, or maybe with a couple of friends? Some chatting, some exercising and a lot of endorphins—these short walks can be incredibly refreshing for your mind.
If you have a park close to your house, that’s all the better! Take your rackets, put on a pair of joggers and some sports shoes and head for a game of badminton with your buddies. Research says that taking a walk can help clear your mind, boost your cardiovascular fitness, strengthen your bones, reduce all the extra fat and provide muscle power too.
Yoga can remove your woes
Yoga can calm your soul and soothe your mind—hence, it is a favourite amongst the things we have listed here in our article on how to de-stress yourself before ushering in the new year! In 2020, our mind did not get rest for even a day, although we were all stationed at our houses.
Sometimes coping with the immense pressure of work from home, and sometimes dealing with the loneliness of not getting to meet your friends and colleagues, this year has not been kind to our mental state and to correct that, yoga definitely seems like a very viable option. Yoga provides you with a peace of mind like no other activity can and if you’re not a pro at yoga, go to YouTube. You’ll find innumerable tutorials on which yoga positions are the best for de-stressing your mind. So, what are you waiting for? Put on some yoga pants, get a yoga mat and start with the uttanasana.
Because of the utter despair of this year, we have some seriously high hopes for 2021 and I bet you are excited to welcome it with arms wide open!
A way to visualize the next year can be starting a bullet journal! Bullet journals are a great way to plan stuff such as goals, life quotes and even movie watchlist for the next year. In doing this, you can find some work to get involved in and we all know, doing something always helps clear the mind and give off happiness like nothing else!
Practice breathing exercises
Breathing exercises help you focus and boost up your concentration. Practising breathing can be a powerful exercise to de-stress yourself and help in releasing some tension. Routined practising can help in making you feel a difference within days! While doing this, remember to choose a calm setting, wear light, loose-fitting clothes and practice for about 10 minutes only.
Doing it for a longer time can make you feel more stressed. So, this was another step to de-stress yourself after the long and unwinding journey of 2020. If you want to add a little more magic, try to light some scented candles and use only dim lights in your room. This helps you focus on your breathing more and it also gives better results.
Ensure you’re eating properly
Diet comprises a huge part when it comes to tips on how to de-stress yourself. What you eat, also has a say over what’s going through your mind. If you’re famished, you’ll be in a very disturbed mood, probably. So, make sure you’re satisfied with your food and you can also cook new dishes to serve yourself and your family! Remember to use healthy ingredients and too much oil is a big no-no. There, you’re all set for an extremely pleasing brunch to usher in the new year in a jovial way!
Nurture some plants
Isn’t it really soothing and rejuvenating to see little seeds, planted by you, grow into green, leafy plantlets and then into big bushy plants? Scientists have said, plants can improve the air quality in your home and boost your mood. You can turn your balcony into a little hanging garden and grow some really aesthetic plants such as lavender, chamomile, aloe vera etc. These plants can also come to your use as the scent of lavender will breeze through your home and you can use the gel from the aloe vera plants for washing and exfoliating your face.
Go for a cycling trip
A solo cycling trip with nothing to keep you company but your own thoughts and free will—sounds like a dream, right? Well, put on your helmet, take a bicycle, get some shoes and get on the road! Cycling not just helps your mind but it also makes sure you lose those extra kilos and keep your leg muscles fit and ripped! These short trips, in a quiet afternoon, can really act as a stressbuster and help clear your mind to usher in a new year in sky-high spirits!
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