One of my best posts is one about frugal hobbies and activities that was a guest post by Jess my friend who blogs about mental health. If you look at the comments section, you will see the range of questions and comments! It has been extremely popular and helpful to so many and so I’ve got another segment for you.
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Many of us don’t have the luxury of time. There are always a million and one things to do, so finding that time to relax just seems like an unnecessary waste of precious minutes. But what if you could relax productively? Relaxing doesn’t have to mean lying on your back meditating, or soaking in the tub.
Relaxing means taking time to do something you love, that helps to relieve stress and calms the mind. And that something is different for everyone. Relaxing productively can also mean different things. For some, relaxing in a way that benefits the body is time well spent, and for others, it’s getting a task done.
Take up Fitness While Maintaining Productivity
IIf you take this on you will realize that you are more able to deal with stuff when you are alert rather than run down. A lot of people find that working out helps them to relieve stress, but to properly relax you need to feel calm at the end of it. In which case I recommend yoga, a workout that allows you to connect to the body and mind, to let go of stress and negativity, while still getting in your exercise for the week. You’ll burn calories, gain strength and flexibility while clearing your mind and forgetting about your worries. In fact, I use times like this to plan my next moves.
Why not Explore Acupuncture?
I’ve never tried this before but I hear that acupuncture can be an extremely relaxing process for many people. You could say that it falls under the same holistic practices as hot stone massages, just slightly more invasive, and can be done on most parts of the body. Acupuncture’s productions come into play due to the fact that it is a method of relieving pain and loosening muscles. It’s not for everyone though, and you should do the research and make science-based decisions before taking it up.
Baking is a relaxing hobby too
Baking can be great for relaxing. It’s a task that requires your attention and concentration and leaves no room for your daily stresses. It can be a task that you undergo with your children too, giving you an excuse to spend more time with them, and teaching them new skills that are so important in life. And the end product is perfect for reducing your weekly shop bill, or you can give it as gifts for birthdays and Christmas. And if you have a surplus after that, take some to your local homeless shelter or start selling! That’s productive, isn’t it?
It expands the mind and can give you a new insight into your daily life. You can pick up a fiction novel and get lost in another world, or you can grab a history or biography and learn about so many things. Or, why not take the opportunity to rethink how you see yourself? Try a mindfulness or positive thinking book and switch your negativity for positive thoughts. A hobby – you have fun and there’s a useful product at the end.
Animals are great for keeping you alert
Last year we got a ginger-colored cat called Marley. Before that, I wasn’t an animal lover at all! In fact, I was scared of most animals. Animals are proven to make you feel better straight away, which is why they make such good therapists. I was eager to get home to see Marley every day and that increased my writing productivity immensely as it was so relaxing to have her purring away at my feet while I typed.
Therapy dogs are a normal fixture in most hospitals, and they do absolute wonders for children and adults alike. So, spend more time with your pet. Or, if you don’t have one, volunteer at a shelter to give those fluff balls some love and attention. For our pets, we are their whole world, they rely on us for everything, and love us unconditionally. So when you’re feeling stressed and low, you can always find love, acceptance, and a listening ear from a furball.
So come on, let’s try to increase our productivity despite how busy we are. All of this can be done at very little cost.
Can you think of any other ways to relax but also maintain your productivity? Don’t tell me I’ve exhausted it all. If you can think of anything, do tell us in the comment box below.