With everything going on in the world and stresses in our everyday lives, getting some quality rest and relaxation (R&R) may sometimes seem impossible. You might believe that to do so you’ll need to spend money that you don’t have or take it away from your other priorities. In times of financial struggles, finding the time and money to do the things you love often gets put on the backburner. However, that shouldn’t always be the case. There are many ways to relax and de-stress that require little to no money.
Explore the Outdoors
No matter where you reside, you have access to the great outdoors. Getting back in touch with nature can be one of the best ways to relax and relieve stress. Going on a hike with friends or family is a great option. Pack a lunch and some water, then head for the top. Finishing a hike and taking in the views is a feeling like no other. You feel free from anything and everything. Sometimes a little exercise and a great view is all you need, even if it’s just for a little while.
If you’re looking for something less challenging, try heading to the nearest park. Take a long stroll and breathe in the fresh air. You could also find a set of trees to put up a hammock. Lay there soaking in the quiet or bring your favorite book to get in some reading.
Have some fun in the sun and head to the lake! If you live in Georgia, there are many you can visit. If you’re not local to the peach state, do a quick online search and start packing. You can sit back and relax while the kids splash around and tire themselves out. Bring some hamburgers and hotdogs to grill, and enjoy the day. Just remember to apply sunscreen!
Tour Your City
If nature isn’t your thing and you’re looking for something more community-oriented, you can check out free events happening in your area. If you enjoy music, search for live music events in your area you can enjoy with friends. If you love movies, there are many cities that screen a movie every week for free. Or perhaps you’re a foodie who appreciates fresh local ingredients. Visit your weekly farmers market and explore the different vendors. Every city has inexpensive or even free events that can help you relax and relieve stress – and they’re just one search away!
Unplug from Social Media
A major reason for stress these days is our ability to see everything that’s going on in the world. Our phones give us global access and sometimes it’s hard to avoid it, no matter how hard you try. A great way to get some R&R is to unplug from the world. Take a break from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and even the news. Social media sites contribute to our daily stress more often than we think. Take some time every night and unplug. Focus on something you want to learn or do that doesn’t require technology. Start a book you’ve been eyeing, try out a new recipe, meditate, take a long bath, or do some self-care.
Stress can be overwhelming, especially during difficult times. Finding inexpensive or free ways to rest and relax is not only good for your wallet, but your health as well. Remember to take time to do the things you love and enjoy those moments of pure joy and happiness.