5 Unconventional Methods To Destress And Unwind

Everyone has unique preferences, of course, when it comes to rest, but the importance of incorporating restful activities into our daily routines remains universal. So here are some unconventional methods to destress and unwind so you can find rest and rejuvenation in your daily life. However, be warned! This does not include relaxing baths and aromatherapy!

1. Do some tinkering or get your hands dirty

Working with your hands can be both engaging and methodical. As long as the activity isn’t stressful it can be a great way to unwind and take your mind off other things. This enables you to switch off from family, work or other issues and enjoy the moment. Some hands on activities you can try at home include:

Maintaining your bike

Whether you are cleaning your bike, making repairs or giving it an upgrade, it can be incredibly satisfying. Yeah, sounds a bit far-fetched? Well, it’s true! A bit of tinkering can go a long way for your mental stimulation! Not only does it provide a sense of accomplishment, the physical aspect of working on your bike is excellent for releasing pent-up energy. This can help you clear your mind while being therapeutic at the same time.

Building a DIY project

When you feel overwhelmed, sometimes the best thing you can do is just MOVE! One way to do that is by building a DIY project. It can be small like putting a new piece of flat pack furniture together. Or it can be large like building a shed. Whatever you need to do at the time. It may seem like hard work at first, but once you’re in there doing it you will start to feel relaxed in a way. Your mind will be engaged, your sense of overwhelm will diminish and, when you’re done, you can feel proud that you completed it with your own hands!

Drawing or painting

The act of creating art allows you to focus your mind on the present moment. You can also draw or paint whatever you want with total creative freedom! This process can be very therapeutic and almost meditative in some cases. It is great for people who like a quiet environment and something simple to get their hands into. You can also put on some music to jam to or create a certain vibe.


The good old garden! It is one of the best and oldest forms of getting your hands dirty. Whether you are watering the plants or redesigning your garden, it can be great for unwinding. It can also be hard work, but this takes your mind off other aspects of life and allows you to take care of your plants. The act of caring can also be great for the soul as it makes you feel like you have contributed towards something.

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2. Play with your pets and spend time with them

If you have animals you still need to spend time with them. They are social creatures after all and only want your attention. Caring for them can give you a sense of fulfilment as well as some much needed fun in your day to help you unwind. Some ways you can spend time with your animals include:

Playing with the cat

Cats LOVE to play! The best part about it is trying to figure out what their favourite toy is and see them chase after it with vigour. Cuddling up together is a great option too, as it can provide a comforting and calming presence after a rough day. The gentle purring and soft fur of your furry companion can have a soothing effect, helping to lower stress levels and promote a sense of well-being. So, when you get home, grab the mousey and play some games or give yourself and your cat some TLC!

Take the dog for a walk

Exercising is a great way to unwind but doing it with a furry friend is even better! Dogs love to get out of the house as much as you do. They want to run and explore while also having the chance to chase a ball. Whether you go to the park or even the beach, you can find beautiful places to unwind and enjoy life!

Bath your animals

This one is not for the faint of heart. However, if you are confident enough to give the dog or the cat a bath, then do it. They should only need one if they are dirty or it’s been a few weeks so don’t overdo it. Washing your animals and giving their coats some love can be very rewarding for both of you. You will get to spend time with them while being hands on and they will thank you later when their fur feels fresh and fluffy!

3. Retail therapy or going somewhere fun

Who wants to go somewhere fun?! Getting out of the house and doing what you love is one of the best ways to unwind. It engages you with the world around you while giving you a sense of drive and fulfilment. So here are some ways to get you out and having fun which include:

Shopping for your favourite stuff

Shopping!! Who ordered a bit of retail therapy today?! Shopping for your favourite things provides you with a sense of drive and self care at the same time. It is an instant reward system that can lift our moods exponentially. However, be careful not to overdo it with the spending!

Hanging out with friends

Friends are there when you need them and going somewhere to hang out can allow you to destress. The opportunity allows you to vent your frustrations or take your mind off things. In either case, your friends will be there to help you have fun and enjoy your time!

Zooming around on your own

Family and friends can become a little overwhelming at times. So, there is nothing better in these moments than cruising around on your own! You can go for a walk, head to the shops or spend time somewhere you love. As long as you get a bit of ‘Me’ time and a break from the chaos.

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4. Play games and challenge yourself

Games are excellent unconventional methods to destress and unwind. They challenge you, engage you and provide fun at the same time. This allows you to disconnect from the outside world and just be in the moment. Some of the different games you can play include:

Board games and cards

This includes puzzles which are great for engaging your mind and relaxing. It can sound boring but board games can be really fun, even if you are playing by yourself. Cards are also another way to play. You can create a game for yourself (52 pickup is always fun, NOT!) or you can play with family and friends to make a night of it!

Video games

Video games are great if you want some alone time to unwind. They can be challenging and allow you to release pent up emotions. However, if you are feeling overwhelmed with them it’s time to turn the game off. It should be exciting and rewarding so that it helps you destress while you are at home. So choose something fun and have a good time!

Sports and exercise

Playing a team sport is always great. It allows you to focus on the game and beating the other team which distracts you from daily life. You could play basketball, cricket, soccer or even tennis. If you are on your own you could shoot hoops, play tennis against the wall or just kick the ball around for fun. As long as it helps you destress!

5. Do something crazy!

Calm down! It’s not like you need to go bungee jumping or skydiving to have a good time. It’s more the spontaneous kind of crazy we’re talking about! The kind that gives you a sense of adventure as you face the unknown. So here are some spontaneously crazy things that can help you unwind, including:

Taking a last minute weekend away

Sometimes you just have to say FUCK IT! You are done, you are taking time for yourself and that’s that! Having a weekend away with a friend or spouse at the last minute can be a great little escape from reality. Whether you like to go camping, spend time at the beach or live it up in a hotel, go somewhere with someone that helps you relax!

Treat yourself like a millionaire

This doesn’t mean blow all your money and savings. However, you should treat yourself like gold every now and then. Go to a fancy restaurant, hire a sports car for the day, get VIP tickets. Just give yourself a break and allow yourself to experience a little luxury in your life.

Experience something new

If you are daring enough to try something new then good on you! New things bring as sense of excitement to your hum drum daily life. Therefore, it is important that we experience new things every now and then to keep it fresh! You could try something new on the menu, go to a new place or discover a new hobby. All of these things are both engaging and can help you destress from everyday life.

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Please be advised this information may help but is NOT a replacement for professional health advice. If you are feeling unwell please speak to a medical professional.