It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of living in a metropolitan area. The rat race usually feels real, and it can be hard to prioritize your mental health over the typical grind. That doesn’t mean finding ways to relax isn’t important. At the very least, relaxing and enjoying downtime are sure ways to boost your productivity and keep your creative juices flowing.
Here are 7 of my favourite ways to relax and stay sane in a busy city:
Finding the quiet, peaceful place your mind naturally keeps for you is a surefire way to recenter. Studies have indicated that meditation not only lowers blood pressure but can also amp up your immune system. Meditation takes practise to do correctly, but the time investment is beyond worth it!
Your physical health is directly connected to your mental health. Physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, endorphins. I’m a sucker for a power yoga session, but anything that gets you moving, happy, and sweating is going to increase your self-confidence and reduce stress.
Disconnect from your tech
Now this is a tough one, especially for entrepreneurs. One of the big reasons it can be so difficult for business owners to take an actual vacation is that they feel the need to be connected to their business in a way that prevents them from, say, having an actual weekend off. Recenter your priorities and take a break from the “outside world” by disconnecting from your technology…
Head to the farmer’s market
Grocery shopping at farmer’s markets is a great way to connect to your food and your surroundings. A good farmer’s market should remind you of being in the countryside. Take your time shopping for your organic fruits and vegetables and enjoy the process, be present, be zen.
Spa days are easy as far as reaching your quiet, relaxed place. But if you don’t have the budget for fancy massages and saunas, indulging in a face mask or a relaxing bath at home will get you to the same place for a fraction of the cost.
Read a book
Reading is proven to be one of the best ways to relax, even more so than listening to music or going for a walk. Six minutes of reading can be enough to reduce your stress levels by more than two thirds, according to neuropsychologist Dr Lewis’ 2009 study.
Find the water.
Since ancient times, people have assigned healing and transformational properties to water. Find the water near you (be it a lake, pond, or ocean) and enjoy a few hours soaking up the view… Being around water gives our brains and our senses a rest from overstimulation.
There are many benefits of living in a busy city. Being overstimulated and desensitized to your mental health isn’t one of them. There is nothing more important you could be doing than taking care of yourself. Your health is precious, and truly all you have at the end of the day. Plus, there’s plenty of time to stress yourself out and aggressively dance party later! How do you like to unwind from city life?