The key to living a happier and stress-free life is self-care. When we think about unloading stress, we often think of activities that involve money. Thankfully, there are many beneficial and inexpensive ways to unwind. Sure, it can be rewarding to treat yourself to a spa day, shopping day, or to a nice lunch/dinner, but for those who aren’t in the position to do so, there are alternatives that work just as well.
As the weather gets cooler, it’s important that we take advantage of the sunshine while we still can. Spending just a few minutes outdoors is the quickest way to feel rejuvenated and energized. Getting fresh air helps to improve your mood and concentration.
I recommend packing a water bottle, snacks, and finding a quiet spot outdoors. This can be either in your backyard or at a local park. There are so many calming activities that you can enjoy outdoors. Some of my favourite activities include blogging, reading, listening to music, and exploring the neighbourhood. Other activities to consider include journaling, painting, taking photos, and meditating.
Growing up, I spent a considerable amount of time playing games on the computer. I frequented popular sites like Cartoon Network, YTV, and iWin. Since I got rid of my PC and started using a laptop, I noticed that these websites would cause my laptop to overheat. Since playing games was such an important outlet for me, I looked at alternative gaming options such as Nintendo Switch, but I wasn’t ready to invest just yet. Luckily, I found Plays.org.
Plays.org is a website that offers hundreds of free, fun, and educational games. It’s easy to navigate and there are new games added daily. I love how I can play straight from my computer with no downloads required or long loading times. These games are suitable for all ages. There are detailed instructions on how to play each game, so you can get the best gaming experience. There are also options for parents and teachers to play along with their kids and students!
Out of their huge selection of games, I particularly gravitated towards their pinball, solitaire, and cartoon section. They brought back nostalgic feelings because they were similar to the games I used to play growing up. My favorite game by far is Spider Solitaire. It’s a timeless classic that can be played at anytime. I was also really excited to see their Halloween section. I particularly enjoyed Clarence Scared Silly. It’s an arcade style game where you go through the park filled with haunted attractions.
Call a Loved One
We live in unpredictable times and could all use some company. Checking in with a friend or a loved one is a great way to feel connected again. Even though we are separated from each other, it doesn’t mean that we can’t partake in fun activities together!
Consider hosting a watch party through Netflix, Disney+, or Amazon Prime. It’s the perfect time to cozy up and watch some scary TV shows and movies together. I currently finished the highly popular Netflix show, Squid Game. If you or your loved ones aren’t familiar, I recommend checking it out. For more scary movie recommendations, visit my post titled 13 Scary Movies to Watch in October here.
If you and your loved ones have hobbies such as cooking or baking, you could both try a new recipe together through FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom! It’ll make for a perfect afternoon or evening. There are so many delicious fall inspired recipes to choose from, you’re bound to find one that you can’t wait to try.
Make yourself a priority, take breaks when you need to, and make time to do the things that you enjoy. I hope this post inspires you to check in on yourself and others! What’s your favorite inexpensive way to unwind? I’d love to know! For more posts like this, visit my wellness tag here.