By: Stan Popovich
Taking advantage of certain recreational activities can be a great source in managing your stresses and anxieties. There are many ways in which taking advantage of recreational sports and activities can help you relieve some of your stresses. Here are some ideas on how taking part in some recreational activities can help you to feel better.
The first step is to make sure you talk to your doctor or medical professional so you will not hurt yourself. Talk to your doctor and ask him what kinds of activities you should do so you do not injure yourself. You don’t want to do too much and do something that may hurt you in the long run.
Sometimes, it might be best to get your doctor to set up weekly exercise schedule so you can lose weight, reduce your cholesterol, or to tone your muscles. Develop a plan with your doctor or health professional so you can get the maximum benefits of your recreational and exercise programs.
Participating in a recreational activity to get your mind off of your current worries. When you are upset, you tend to focus on your worries. Doing a recreational activity can give you a break from your worrying. For instance, you are upset with your boss. Instead of yelling at someone, go home and play your favorite sport or recreational activity. When you come to work the next day you will have a better perspective of your situation and you will be better able to deal with your problems.
Performing recreational activities is a good source to meet new people. Many people of all ages experience loneliness and having a group of friends is a good way to relax and feel better. Decide what you would like to do and then join a club and start to do something.
For instance, go to your local YMCA and ask what kinds of programs are available. They will usually give you a list of different sport gatherings that they offer. Some may cost some money. Decide which recreational activity that you like and sign up. The first time you show up be friendly but not too aggressive. Just be your self and just enjoy doing the activity.
Eventually you will find some new friends and you will also improve on your health and fitness.
Recreational activities can also help us to think clearly and find the answers to our problems. When we worry, our mind gets filled up with negative thoughts. When you exercise you kind of get rid of those thoughts in your mind. Eventually you will be able to think more carefully and increase your chances of finding the answers to your problems.
The next time you feel stressed try to do some recreational activity to help reduce your anxieties. It’s a great way to transform your negative energy into something more productive. Even if you do not a have a lot of time, doing something even once or twice a week is better than nothing.
Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/