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Life can be a stressful thing. Whether you’re self-employed or an employee at a big company, stress is something that simply can’t be avoided. Even if you’re already retired, stress is still something that can be hard to ignore. There are a variety of ways to get rid of stress. These include taking medicine, drinking herbal tea, going to the gym, or going on a date with your significant other. Featured below are five cheap ways to get rid of stress.
5 Cheap Ways to Relieve Stress from Your Everyday Life
Catching up on sleep
Having a hectic schedule usually means that you barely get enough sleep. Not having enough sleep can lower your productivity and make you more irritable. On your off days, don’t feel bad about sleeping in and catching up on those Zs. After waking up, you’re guaranteed to feel a lot better and a lot less stressed.
Finding a hobby that is in no way related to your job
While some hobbies can be expensive endeavors, most barely cost anything. Whether it’s something silly like collecting stamps or ancient coins, to something that requires a bit more skill like building dog houses, hobbies are a great way to get your mind off of things. The best hobbies to pick up are those that have very little to do with what you do for a living.
Building stuff is specifically one of the best hobbies to pursue. There are plenty of do-it-yourself tutorials online to help you get started on pursuing a new craft. The personal satisfaction you can get from DIY projects can overcome the accumulated stress from your job or everyday life. If you’re good enough, you might even be able to sell your creations for a bit of extra cash.
Going on a hike
If you live near a park or a forested area, consider taking a break from it all by journeying into the woods. You don’t have to plan for an overnight trip, sometimes just a few hours of walking amongst the trees is enough to relieve you of stress. Green is a pleasing color to the eyes. If you spend five days a week in front of a computer screen, looking at trees just might be the relief you’re looking for.
Of course, you don’t always have to lose yourself in a forest of hundred-meter tall redwood trees. Hanging around in a public park, with your phone on vibrate, is sometimes enough. If you’re going on a longer hike, remember to practice the usual safety precautions. Tell people where you’re going and always have a phone on you.
Riding a bike around town
Any form of exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Working out releases endorphins, magical chemicals that help reduce depression, encourage happiness, and most importantly, relieve stress. Riding a bike in a park or around the countryside is a great way to free your mind from your usual routines. If you’re usually stuffed in an office, consider taking a ride around town on your bike.
You can also combine riding a bike with the previous example. If you’re confident enough with your skills and sense of balance, you may want to try off road biking. Don’t forget to wear helmets and pads if you’re thinking about doing this and don’t forget to inform people where you’re going.
Playing with your pet or if you don’t have one, getting a pet
Pets are natural stress relievers. Just having them around can usually make you feel a lot better after a long day at work. Playing with your pet can help you forget about that eight-hour shift you just finished. But you don’t always have to play with them. Even if you don’t feel like playing catch with your dog, petting them or just brushing their hair can sometimes be relaxing.
There are a variety of pets you can get if you don’t have one already. Aside from the conventional companion dog or lazy cat, birds and even more exotic animals can be reliable sources of entertainment, affection, and stress relief. While puppies and other young animals can cost quite a bit to buy, you can always go to a shelter if you want to adopt a pet.