8 solitary activities to keep your mind peaceful and stress-free

When the pressures of the world are getting you down, it sometimes helps to get lost in solitary activity and find comfort by yourself. Here are some tips to help keep your mind peaceful and stress-free.

8 solitary activities to keep your mind peaceful and stress-free

1. Do something mindless

Soak in a steamy, scented bath or lie on the couch and stare at the ceiling. The idea is that your mind is not focused on anything, but is allowed to run free.

2. Get lost in a book

Rekindle your love of reading — it's more rewarding for you than watching television. And it's much healthier, because it keeps your brain highly active and engaged.

3. Savour dark chocolate

  • Chocolate contains healthy antioxidants, which repair damage to cells.
  • It takes only one piece to provide that post-dinner sweetness you crave — just choose one with the least sugar.

4. On a dark, clear night, go outside

  • Lie on the ground and stare at the stars.
  • Feel the immensity of the heavens. Put any problems you have into a context of trillions of stars. The magic of a starry night can provide an unexpected burst of joy.

5. Go to sleep at 8 p.m.

Many of us are sleep-deprived. Pretend you're six years old, put on flannel pajamas, get into bed and turn out the light.

6. Give yourself a pedicure

  • Fill a basin with warm water and soak your feet. Pumice away the rough skin on your soles.
  • Massage a scented lotion all over your feet. Trim your toenails. Polish your toenails a colour you'd never dare wear on your fingernails.

7. Sip chamomile or mint tea

The chamomile will help you to sleep and the mint will aid your digestion.

8. Write in a journal

Not sure what to write? Jot down things that made you smile, things that made you angry — and why. Studies prove the stress-busting power of journal writing. And it's fun to look back through your journal to what you were doing a year ago.

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