Four self-care ideas from around the world

Movement | GroupHealth

Now, more than ever, many of us are ready to take off to faraway places seeking adventure or relaxation, but you don’t need your passport to take advantage of these self-care ideas! We have scoured the world to bring you four self-care tips that are sure to help you relax, either at home or abroad.

  • Spend time outside

    Forest bathing, known as Shinrin-yoku, originated in Japan and simply means spending time under a canopy of trees. Although it sounds basic, the experience it invokes is the real deal. Spending time in the forest has been proven to reduce the production of cortisol, improve feelings of happiness and free up creativity, as well as lower heart rate and blood pressure.

  • Reframe your thoughts

    “Cognitive reframing” has roots in Taoism — which began in ancient China — and teaches that unhappiness and happiness are complementary to each other as part of an integrated whole. Today, cognitive therapy is used to treat depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma. When times are hard, find strength in knowing that they shall pass, and happiness will likely follow.

  • Practice mindfulness

    Many South Asian countries, India in particular, focus on mindfulness as an essential part of a personal wellness routine. Activities such as meditation and breathing exercises can have a major impact on our mental health and can help restore calm and clarity during times of stress. Take time out of your day to disconnect from the world around you and focus on your breathing, thoughts, and feelings.

  • Get cozy

    The Danes have a term for the warm and cozy feeling of contentment – hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”). Hygge is about appreciating the simple things in life with good people. We can all benefit from the happiness that comes from curling up by a fire, reading a good book, or enjoying a tea or hot chocolate.

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