It’s magical watching your seedlings grow into stunning plants that will benefit you and the wildlife around you. Growing your produce or cutting flowers you grow saves money and beautifies your space. Try planting a few pots of your favorite herbs and set them on your kitchen windowsill.
12. Go Thrifting
If shopping is your emotional outlet and you don’t want to spend a fortune, go thrifting instead. Visit thrift stores in your area to find gently used items for you and your family. You can find brand-name clothing, vintage items, and just about anything you can think of at affordable prices.
13. Play Board Games with Your Kids
You never get too old to enjoy a game with your kids. Instead of their usual high-tech video games, why not introduce them to some classic board games. Turn off the cellphones and tv and have an evening of fun and laughter.
Another classic pastime is working on jigsaw puzzles. Set up a small table in your family room so everyone can help. You can find tons of beautiful puzzle pictures and styles in department stores or online.
14. Write an Old-Fashioned Letter
Unfortunately, the gracious habit of writing letters has been replaced by impersonal emails and texting. Why not surprise a friend or loved one with a handwritten note? Buy some stationary, some colorful pens, and a book of stamps to bring back the nostalgia of letter writing.
15. Go for a Nature Walk
When the stress of life is too much, taking a walk outside can boost your spirits. It can be a stroll through your city park or a familiar path in the woods. With each step and mindful breath, you can feel the tension at ease.
Listen to the melodies of the birds and watch the antics of the squirrels in the trees. Feel the warmth of the sun, and the gentle breezes whisper past. Just a half-hour can revitalize you and may offer you a different perspective about your problems.
Don’t let undue stress rob you of freedom and joy in your life. When you give yourself a break with an enjoyable emotional outlet, you can restore your well-being. It’s one of the most compassionate things you can do for yourself.