For a lot of people, doing physical, adventurous or adrenaline pumping activities is a great outlet for releasing stress and anxiety. But when you’re a person living with a disability, that’s usually not an option. And a lot of times, our disability itself cause huge levels of anxiety and stress that need relieving. I take water aerobics classes but that’s much more about fitness and trying to maintain some level of strength than stress relief. In fact some of the women in the classes cause more stress than relieve it!
So we have to try find other ways to release that anxiety and stress that don’t involve anything physical (boy do I wish I was able to take up boxing sometimes though). A few things that I use to help me let off some steam, relax, and reduce my anxiety:
- Watch TV – There are plenty of things that tell you watching a lot of TV is bad for you. Maybe it is, but for me it’s a huge stress reliever and mood booster.
- Read – I love love love reading. There’s nothing like diving into a good book whether it be a quick summer read or something that I can learn from.
- Go outside – I may not be able to run or hike but I still like getting some fresh air. I’m super lucky to be able to live in the great state of California where we have amazing weather nearly all year long. One of my favorite things to do is grab a book and take it outside to read. Maybe even grab a coffee to go with it.
- Meditate – I haven’t been as diligent about doing this lately but the more consistently I do it, the more of an impact it has. It helps to calm my mind so when those stressful moments do happen, they don’t feel quite as intense.
- Text or call a friend – I have the best group of friends who know my stress and anxiety better than I do sometimes. When I’m feeling down about myself or like I can’t deal, they’re always there no matter what they have going on in their own lives.
- Go to Disneyland – There have been some times when going to the Happiest Place has caused some stress but 9 times out of 10, a visit to the Magic Kingdom makes all of my cares melt away. Even if I go for a few hours, grab something to eat and have some laughs with my friends, getting in touch with my inner kid and spending time at a place I’ve had so many great memories is just what I need.
Now I want to hear from you! What are some of the things you do to help relieve stress and anxiety?