5th June 2018 In Disconnecting
10 Great Ways to Disconnect
When life is so fast paced, it might feel hard to know what to do with your time once you have a spare moment. Below are a few ideas to help you get the most out of disconnecting.
Go for a walk: Even the most urban of cities has some green spaces. Explore a new area or find some park or woodland to experience ‘tree bathing’ (see our blog post about the benefits here).
Visit a spa: If you want to fully relax and treat yourself, spas are fantastic for getting away from it all. They’re also not as pricey as you might think, with many websites offering deals or vouchers.
Pick up a pen and pencils for writing or drawing: The trend for colouring books for grown ups is still going strong, partly due to the calming effect they can have on the brain. Colour, draw, paint or write – or experience two things in one by doing it outside.
Read a book: There are so many benefits to reading, including improved focus and concentration, memory improvement and stress reduction. Sometimes it feels easier to slump in front of the TV, but getting lost in a good book can bring joy like nothing else.
Get cooking: cook your favourite meal, a crowd-pleasing cake or that complicated recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Cooking is said to be a great stress reliever and can even help with conditions like anxiety and depression.
Play some sport: One of the best stress relievers there is; any sort of exercise is great for body and mind. Whether you go for a solo jog around the park or gather some friends for a game of tennis, rounders or football, every little helps. Plus, you can’t check your phone if you’re attempting to score the winning goal!
Learn or play a musical instrument:Listening to music (especially classical) is relaxing in itself, and the satisfaction can be even greater if it’s something you’ve mastered yourself. Dig out the guitar you’ve been storing for years or join a local class – some have the option to try out several instruments until you find the right one for you.
Volunteer: With benefits that are both individual and wide ranging; volunteering not only helps local communities but can also reduce stress and allow us to feel more connected to others –one of the main aims of Disconnect Day itself!
Try ‘mindfulness’: Referring to the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something, mindfulness has been rapidly increasing in popularity in recent years. Just 5 minutes of quiet or meditation a day has benefits and (rather ironically!) there are many mindfulness apps to help you get started.
Gardening: Mood-boosting, stress-reducing and a surprisingly effective activity for keeping physically fit – gardening has it all. There’s even evidence to show it can lower the risk of dementia by 36%.