Stress isn’t always a bad thing. In dangerous situations, it causes your instincts to kick in and do what you can to stay safe. And in non-life-threatening situations, it can actually motivate you to do good or to get things done. But this isn’t always the case. Stress could take a heavy toll on your health and wellbeing.
You might experience chronic stress because of work, school, environment, or everyday responsibilities. You might experience traumatic stress because of a major accident, a natural disaster, or other traumatic incidents. Stress might also be because of a one-time incident such as losing your job or getting a divorce. But whatever the reason, it takes a toll on your overall health and wellbeing.
Some physical manifestations of stress include:
- Frequent headaches
- Heart palpitations
- Muscular aches
- Upset stomach
Some psychological symptoms of stress include:
- Inability to focus
- Difficulties with memory
You might also start developing unhealthy coping mechanisms like a poor diet, excessive drinking, loss of motivation to move around, or a lack of interest to meet with friends and family.
Consider asking for help from a health professional if you feel like you’re overwhelmed by stress. But if it still feels manageable, learn to take a step back once in a while and give yourself time to breathe.
Here are three simple yet effective activities to help you manage your stress.
Arrange a Relaxing Fishing Trip
Oftentimes, you’re so caught up with daily responsibilities that it feels like you don’t have time to breathe or for yourself. A good old fishing trip reminds you that it’s okay to take your time and take it easy.
Recreational fishing is one of the most relaxing activities. You literally sit in good company and in a relaxing environment while you wait for your catch. It’s a reminder that you don’t have to be moving around all the time. It’s also a time to focus on nature or simply to focus on your thoughts.
Sign up for a fishing charter so that all you have to do is arrive at the destination and get comfortable. For once, let someone else take care of the logistics while you sit back and enjoy the moment.
Go on a Road Trip with the Family
If you’ve been too busy with work and other everyday responsibilities, you might unknowingly neglect quality time with your family. You can have a set destination. Or you can go where the road takes you.
When you go on a road trip with the family, however, remember that it’s as much about the ride as it is about the destination. Take your time. Be curious. Make frequent stops when you see an interesting restaurant or an intriguing establishment. You might just find your new favorite place.
Don’t forget to check the weather before you hit the road, too. You’ll want to pack clothes that are comfortable enough to wear while driving and stylish enough to boost your confidence.
Appreciate Nature on a Camping Trip
Nature is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress and clear your mind. So if you’re the outdoorsy type of person, consider planning a camping trip to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature.
If the idea of getting on a fishing boat or spending hours on the road don’t appeal to you at the moment, go on a camping trip. Temporarily ditch your smartphone, laptop, and other gadgets that you use at work. Just focus on the moment and on the people you go on the camping trip with. It’s a liberating experience.
Remember to keep safe, though. Pack your first aid kit, a Swiss army knife, a quality torch, some sunscreen for a worry-free trip. Don’t forget to pack your go-to snacks and drinks, too.
Whichever activity you choose, remember to just enjoy yourself. And may it be the first of many trips to remind you that there’s more to life than your daily duties and responsibilities.