n today’s hectic society it’s never been more important to take time to focus on your wellbeing. Be it your physical and mental health. Both are equally important and both in need of some TLC from time to time. If you’re a workaholic, or constantly busy with a rushed family life it can be hard to find the time to focus on yourself. Even if you do, it can be hard to figure out how to properly switch off and relax. A lot of the focus these days is around how to find your relaxation time while at work. You need to find this time outside of work too. Work and relaxation should be as separate as possible. Try not to buy into the nature that work comes first, its endemic at the moment and could really hurt your health. If you’ve managed to carve out the time, here are some great ideas for you to help yourself heal. Some might be applicable to you and your hobby set, others might not.
Golf is great. It gets you out in the fresh air and is more exercise than people give it credit for. It focuses the mind, enabling you to concentrate on something thus taking your mind away from all that gives you stress. It can sometimes be hard to find an affordable club but there are many options out there. You could start with some lessons to introduce you to the sport or use golf aids to help kick start your new hobby. The best thing about golf is that it can be played alone or with friends. There’s a potentially prohibitive starting cost as a lot of clubs require certain footwear, but you might be able to rent the clubs instead of buy them. You can tailor each session to your time too, changing the amount of holes you play. If you like the sound of golf but not sure whether it’s for you or not consider trying a putting green or a driving range so you can get a flavour of the sport.
For some reason it’s more popular with women than men, but it can focus your mind and gives a great workout to people that don’t always like the intense cardio sessions. There are always hundreds of classes running at gyms or community centres. If you wanted something a little more involved you could try pilates. Yoga is a proven stress reducer and is good for people who suffer with joint pain. It’ll make you feel super relaxed and peaceful. The best thing about yoga is that you can do it at home.
A lot of people like to play games. Getting into it has never been easier with a glut of consoles and game types on offer. Some see it as nothing more than a waste of time, but if you’re getting your relaxation time from it and its enabling you to focus on something other than work then surely it’s worth it. Before buying a console or PC you can try gaming on your smartphone to see if you like it. You can turn this into a social enterprise too. If your friends like gaming you can play games online with them. Depending on the game you can drop in and out, an easy distraction if you’ve got half an hour to kill. There is an addiction factor with gaming, but for most it’s a fine hobby and a great way to kick back.
A bike ride does so much for the body, but it’s also good for the mind too. You’ll concentrate on the road, on the scenery and on your pedal method, meaning you’re not thinking about stressful situations. It’s a great way to see the great outdoors too, especially if you’re willing to drive out into the country first. If you live somewhere that’s always raining this might not be appealing to you. Again, it’s something you can do with others. There are a lot of riding clubs you can join if need be so you don’t have to go it alone. This is often a good choice as they’ll know some good routes to take. Bikes come in a huge range of prices. If you’re not really sure you’ll be better off with a cheaper option at first. Think about whether you’re going to be going mountain biking off road or sticking to the roads in your home city. You’ll feel much better after the ride.