Fun Ways to Destress and Manifest
Why is it important to destress?
When you’re feeling under stress, the thought of practicing the Law of Attraction and manifesting your desires can seem challenging.
This is because you are emitting feelings of stress and tension which means you are therefore attracting the same feelings back to you in the form of stressful thoughts, feelings and circumstances.
The good news is that all you need to do is feel better again. Once you are feeling better, you are emitting those positive vibrations and attracting more good feelings and matching circumstances to you.
With that in mind, here are some ideas of fun ways you can destress and manifest!
Quick Bursts of Exercise
Taking 10-15 minutes to do some exercise can be just the trick to get you out of your head and into your body. YouTube provides hundreds of free short exercise videos ranging from gentle exercises such as Yoga to a full-blown hard-core workout such as HITT (High Intensity Interval Training).
One of my favourite exercise activities is Dance. Why not try listening to a selection of your favourite songs and dancing like no one’s watching?
Puzzles can be the perfect solution to engage and focus your mind, when your brain feels like it’s going round in circles!
One of the surprising things I discovered during the height of the pandemic was how relaxing jigsaw puzzles are. I forgot how absorbing they can be and time would just fly by.
The escapism can be really helpful if you are feeling particularly stressed. But if jigsaws aren’t your thing, why not try Word Searches, Sudoku or Crosswords?
One of my favourite card games to play as a child was classic Solitaire. I played the game both with a physical deck of cards and also on the computer, where I could compete against other family members!
Playing card games can be a fun way to de-stress and wind down after a long day. I recently rediscovered my love of playing Solitaire games, along with other variations such as crazy eights where the objective is to get rid of all your cards before the other players.
Did you also know that playing card games can help to improve your short-term memory?
Baking helps to engage all your senses and be in the present. Plus, you feel a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment from the delicious end result!
There’s a good reason why so many people were baking at the start of the pandemic and there were shortages of essential baking goods (such as flour) in the supermarkets. This is because the art of baking became a useful coping mechanism for people.
If you’re not sure what to make, why not try purchasing a home baking kit which should contain everything you need to get started?
You can also sign up for various baking subscriptions, where you receive a baking kit and recipe card every month, perfect for creating something new and delicious!
Spend time with animals
Did you know that spending time with animals can lower your heart rate and blood pressure? Studies have shown that caring for an animal can help to ease feelings of loneliness, stress, anxiety and depression.
Pets can be ideal companions, providing lots of love and affection towards their owners. A dog for example would also ensure you get plenty of exercise and fresh air from regular walks.
Even if you don’t own a pet, there are plenty of opportunities to meet animals, such as volunteering at animal shelters, dog walking or pet sitting for friends and family.
Spending time outside in nature also counts, such as listening to the birds, watching the squirrels chase each other in your local park….these are good examples of practicing mindfulness.
No longer aimed at just the children’s market, popularity has soared in recent times for adult colouring books. Focusing on the exercise of colouring in or doodling can distract you from unwanted anxious thoughts and provide a feeling of calmness.
The good thing is that you don’t have to worry about getting these picture perfect, so feel free to colour outside the lines!
Doodling can be a useful way of coming up with creative ideas, especially when you’re distracted doing something else such as being on the phone or waiting for an appointment.
Take a Nap
Being short on sleep won’t do you any favours in terms of managing stress levels. A lack of sleep can leave you feeling irritable, impatient and struggling to process information.
Short power naps during the day can be ideal for boosting your mood, improving memory function and helping you feel more refreshed and patient.
The trick is not to nap for too long! Try to aim for 10-30 mins and set an alarm so you don’t oversleep.
Modern science has backed meditation as having numerous benefits, including lowering levels of cortisol (the hormone that causes stress).
If meditation is new for you, there are so many different options available now in terms of hundreds of free guided meditations on YouTube and popular apps such as Headspace, which encourage users to form a daily meditation practice, making it a healthy habit.
You can read more about meditation and manifesting here.
So there you have it! We hope this post has given you some useful ideas for destressing activities. Do you have any other suggestions? Feel free to post a comment below.