Incorporating health and wellness activities into your everyday routine is a mood-booster. Taking just 30 minutes to an hour out of your day to perform some mindfulness activities will put you in a better mood and help you conquer your day. Try one of these trending health and wellness activities to help you set goals and restore your mental health.
1. Digital Detox
You might have seen a friend on Facebook or someone you follow on Instagram post something like, “Taking a break from social media. Reach out if you have my number.” They’re on a digital detox journey, unplugged from their online life to reconnect with their physical world. Reducing your screen time can help you get a better night's sleep, free up time for other tasks, and reconnect with your in-person relationships.
2. Scribble Journaling
Combine the benefits of art therapy and journaling to express your thoughts and emotions. When your brain is running 100 mph, scribble it out. If you have words, stories, or feelings you need to get out, write them as they come to your brain, no matter how fast and messy the process is. Scribble journaling involves allowing your mind to wander and make abstract, spontaneous marks on paper.
Suppose you have no words, just scribble or draw it on your paper. This unusual activity can help relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and tap into your inner creativity. It also encourages mindful self-reflection, so grab your pen and paper and start scribbling.
3. Art Therapy
Ask your healthcare provider to connect you with a board-certified art therapist to help you express yourself creatively. While you can make art by yourself, a clinician combines the activity with therapy to work toward healing. Art therapy offers a supportive environment to process thoughts, reduce stress, and manage anxiety. Providers for Healthy Living has art therapists on staff who are ready to help.
Pick up some seeds, soil, and gardening gloves. Gardening is an excellent wellness activity you can sink your hands into. Nurturing a plant from seed to sprout, and throughout maturity, is a fulfilling process. Gardening and even mowing improves mental health. It provides exercise, mood-boosting Vitamin D, and reduced stress levels.
5. Walk With Nature
A long walk with the right mindset can help you reduce your weight and bolster your mental health. Find a fresh path to explore, listen to the birds chirp, feel the sunshine on your skin, and move around. Nature walks are green therapy that can help battle anxiety, depression, and stress.
6. Fitness Apps
If you don’t want to go outside, no problem. Plenty of companies and trainers offer fitness apps and videos online so you can join a class from the comfort of your own home. They provide customized approaches and progress monitoring to keep you on track with your results. Many also offer nutrition guidance and a variety of workout styles, including quiet workouts tailored to upstairs living.
When working a new activity into your routine, choose something you enjoy and that aligns with your goals. If you don’t like walking, you don’t have to. Try gardening or journaling instead.
There are so many health and wellness activities to try, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer, so find the one that works for you.
Gina Thompson is an experienced multimedia journalist, producer, and content writer born and raised in Texas. In her spare time, she loves catching a live band, dancing, and finding the next big taco spot. As a writer, she is passionate about making a positive impact on her community by elevating the voices and stories that need to be heard.
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