8 Healthy Activities You Could Be Doing Besides ‘Netflix And Chill’
We are a society that is overworked and overstimulated. Most of us work ‘9 to 5’ jobs that require us to stare at a computer monitor for eight hours a day. That amount of electronic use can have negative effects on our health, but after working a long day, most of us go home and continue to stare at a monitor, watching TV as a way to relax and unwind. This is an easy (and unhealthy) routine most of us take to avoid the realities of our daily lives. While it’s entertaining to watch TV, we often feel like we wasted a good chunk of our evenings when we sit down to binge watch a season of Game of Thrones. Instead, here are eight healthy things you could be doing instead!
These sacred arts are a perfect way to de-stress and unwind from a long and busy day at work. By doing just ten minutes a day, studies have shown how meditation can improve insomnia and decrease stress and anxiety. I enjoy yoga because not only is it a great workout, but it helps me connect holistically, uniting my body, mind, and spirit.
Cook a New Recipe
Cooking is yet another way our creativity can flourish. Experimenting in the kitchen is a fun (and tasty) way to broaden our horizons. But even if you’re someone who is comfortable just sticking to already concocted recipes, there are still many health benefits to cooking. For one, you are eating more nutritious meals. Many restaurant and pre-made meals are full of additives, excess sugars, and chemicals. By making our own meals, using whole foods, we are treating our bodies with the proper nutrients it needs to thrive.
Paint a Picture
One of the big health benefits of painting is its ability to lower our stress levels. During the day, we may build up negative emotions such as rage and sadness. Painting is a healthy way of releasing these emotions onto canvas or paper. Many studies have also linked painting to improving functions in the brain such as memory as well as increasing creativity.
Do a Crossword
There have been multiple studies that show the beneficial effect mind games, such as crosswords and Sudoku, have on the brain. One of the most discussed reasons for doing these games is that they keep the brain sharp and active, helping to alleviate and avoid Alzheimer’s.
Go for a Walk/Run
Going for a walk or run is a good form of cardio, and we all know how important it is to exercise. Going for a walk/run is not only good for our physical health though. These type of activities can help us improve our moods, especially when we are going for walks/runs out in nature.
Read a Book
So maybe you do just really want to zone out and put yourself into another reality. That is where reading comes in. Not only are you getting the entertainment you would from watching TV, but science has shown reading a book to improve your emotional intelligence (as well as your overall intelligence), boost your brain power, and even help fight Alzheimer Disease.
Take a bath
Bath time isn’t just for the kids! Baths are a wonderful time to rest and relax, helping to decrease our stress levels with a nice long soak in the tub. Adding essential oils or bath salts furthers the healing properties of baths. Bath salts are a wonderful way to detox our bodies, using the minerals from the salts to draw out the impurities in our skin, and essential oils (depending on the type) can add many health benefits to our baths, such as rosemary, which has been shown to improve and increase our memory.
Writing in a journal is surprisingly healthy. Many of us associate journalling with a positive way of releasing our emotions, but did you know that journalling has also been shown to improve our IQ, memory, mindfulness, and creativity?
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