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Self-care plays an important role in maintaining a low-stress lifestyle.

March 18, 2024
Parks & Recreation

Let’s face it, the world can be a stressful place. From increased living costs to maintaining a healthy work-life balance, stress comes from a variety of environmental sources.

More than a mere inconvenience, chronic stress can carry profound health consequences; ignored over time, it can contribute to conditions like heart disease, depression and a compromised immune system.

Fortunately, there are many stress management techniques you can use to alleviate the pressure. Some effective methods include regular physical activity, spending time in nature and prioritizing self-care.

As we approach ‘Stress Awareness Month’ this April, let’s focus on healthy coping mechanisms that can significantly reduce stress this spring.

Embrace the worry-free workout

Research underscores the positive impact of physical activity on our wellbeing, with feel-good endorphins acting as a powerful antidote to stress and anxiety. Armed with this knowledge, one might wonder: Shouldn’t we run to the gym the next time we’re a little wound up? Theoretically, yes. Yet, a subtle hesitation might hold us back from acting on that impulse.

Often, we burden our exercise routines with expectations and ambitious goals. Rather than pushing yourself too hard, take things slow and listen to your body. This will make exercise a joyful part of your life, rather than a stress-inducing one.

Whether you dance around your living room or take a dance class at a recreation facility, enjoy a leisurely skate or attempt to swim laps, go at your own pace; simply getting your body moving is enough.

Find solace in nature

Nature offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and local parks function as our gateways to the natural world, providing an array of outdoor amenities. Whether it’s a relaxing stroll through lush greenery or a bike ride along a scenic trail, the time we spend outside allows us to disconnect and recharge.

Gathering loved ones to enjoy an outdoor picnic or take in the sights and scents of a display garden can also serve as the perfect ‘stressbusters’ to support your emotional wellbeing. Plus, the combination of fresh air and Vitamin D can help enhance sleep quality, improve focus, strengthen immunity and even spark creativity!

Cultivate inner peace

Amidst of our busy lives, it's crucial to carve out moments of tranquility for ourselves. Self-care plays an important role in maintaining a low-stress lifestyle. Whether it’s nurturing your mind, tending to your body or feeding your soul, acts of self-care help rejuvenate your spirit and dissolve stress.

It's important to remember that self-care is a personal journey. For one person, self-care could mean having a bath with calming essential oils and candles. While others may get lost in a good book, listen to their favourite music or unwind while watching a TV show or movie. You could also spend time with a pet, reduce screen time or drink enough water throughout the day.

Remember, self-care is never selfish; rather, it's a necessary investment in your wellbeing.

Stress less, live more

Stress, while inevitable, should never overwhelm us. Learning to manage stress can impact our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

This spring, move your body with ‘worry-free workouts’ and clear your mind with outdoor adventures and self-care sessions. Before you know it, you'll be ready to embrace the season with a more relaxed mindset!

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