Things are not so easy at this time in our lives. With the global pandemic, we’ve all seen our lives changed in ways we could never have imagined. One day we are going about our daily routines and enjoying the simple things in life. Then, suddenly, it’s all turned upside down. Those treasured moments, like dinners out with friends, are swept away and isolation becomes our new reality. Social distancing, masks and endless hours at home have become our new, surreal norm. And so, we have to learn to adapt. We have to seek out ways to keep ourselves healthy and, just as importantly, mentally and psychologically strong. We have to take charge and create our own new scene about how we want life to be. On that note, the following are three ways to reduce your stress levels during these challenging times.
Do Things from the Comfort and Safety of Your Home
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to stay healthy. While staying at home can be very frustrating, avoiding lots of contact with others helps keep you safe. Fortunately, there are a lot of things we used to have to do in-person that we can now do online. We can easily shop for groceries from the comfort of our home and, with technologies like Zoom, we can even watch a movie with a friend online. It’s also possible to get an appointment with a primary care doctor or a specialist and do the office visit from the comfort of your home. If you live in Oklahoma, for instance, you can easily get your medical marijuana (MMJ) card by going online. You’ll be connected right away with one of the leading doctors in Tulsa and they can review your information and give you the certification you need. From there, you simply file with the state and your new MMJ card will be on the way.
Find a Beautiful Place in Nature and Walk Every Day
One of the best ways to reduce stress and to bring more relaxation and variety into our lives is to go walking in nature every day. Most cities and towns have beautiful parks with special spots that not many people go to, which would be perfect for these times. You’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery, breathe in the fresh air and let your body synchronize with the energy and beauty of Mother Earth. Walking in a beautiful setting helps remind us that there is another world out there. Beyond the boundaries of our now restricted human existence, there is immense beauty and life that is flourishing in the outdoors. Take time to really observe what you are seeing as you walk. With attention, you’ll feel your heartbeat slow and you will begin to restore your body to the true rhythms in life.
Go Boondocking in an RV
If you really feel the walls closing in at home and you need to get away from it all, it may be time to go boondocking in an RV. With boondocking, you don’t stay at a crowded RV park where everyone is jammed in together. Because your home on wheels has everything you need, from a kitchen to shower and sleeping quarters, you can simply find some government land and stay in the wide-open spaces, often for free. Even if you don’t own a recreational vehicle you can easily rent one for a couple of days or a weekend. It’s perfect for a solo individual, a couple and especially for a family. The stars at night will be amazing and the sense of renewal you’ll feel from being away from it all will melt your stress away. You may come home wondering why you don’t simply live like that every day.