🎯 Today’s Mission:
To successfully complete today’s mission:
- ✅ Find your calm and note done a list of at least 5 activities that truly relax you.
- ✅ Select 1 activity from your list and practice it today for at least 5 mins.
- ✅ [OPTIONAL] Share your list with us, in the Stress Management Support Group and let us know what you are working on today.
- ✅ Complete the form at the bottom of the page when done.
💡 More Info:
🏃 Chasing calm
We can’t be busy, excited, or rushing all the time. We need to balance with periods of quiet rejuvenation.
That balance that we desperately need can be hard to find. Relaxation doesn’t accidentally find us.
Recovery doesn’t accidentally find us. Calm doesn’t accidentally find us.
De-stressing doesn’t accidentally find us. We have to go get it.
😤 De-stressing isn’t “blowing off steam”.
It’s not about engaging in high-energy, aggressive activities like:
- Pounding the hell out of something in a boxing class.
- Smashing yourself with high-intensity workouts.
- Screaming at the idiots on the road while driving.
Blowing off steam isn’t bad. Actually, it’s awesome and important to turn healthy aggression outwards instead of inwards, in productive ways.
Still, those kind of activities, even if they’re healthy and appropriate, are stimulating. They amp you up.
The same is true of these other stimulating recreational activities:
- Watching TV or movies.
- Surfing the internet.
- Playing video games.
While fun or even mentally relaxing, electronics send powerful stimulation to visual senses. Anything involving a screen is out as a reliable, sustainable recovery strategy.
🧘♀️ What counts as de-stressing?
- A relaxing walk.
- Being out in nature.
- Listening to relaxing music.
- Mindfulness practice and meditation.
- Deep breathing.
- Drawing, painting or adult colouring in.
- Snuggling a loved one or pet.
- Yoga, gentle mobility, and/or slow stretching exercises.
- A solid, awesome, Kleenex-destroying cry, if you need it (crying actually helps us get rid of stress hormones).
- Indulging in a trip to the salon.
- Gentle swimming or water immersion (such as a hot tub).
- Relaxing in a sauna
- Having sex (and here you thought getting healthy wouldn’t be fun!)
- Singing along to your favourite song.
- Physical, non-competitive play, like dancing or tossing around a Frisbee.
Think of de-stressing as purposefully chasing relaxation.
These also double as self-love and self-care. Necessary and deserving of all humans.
✅ Mission Accomplished?
Fill in the form below once you’re done to keep track of your progress.