Reduce Stress in Norwalk
July 21, 2015
When you’re already feeling overwhelmed and stressed, it’s hard to find time to make an appointment at the spa or commit to a new workout routine. We all know we need to get more sleep, eat better, and make time for vacations and exercise--but those don’t always happen.
That’s why we’ve come up with five easy ways to reduce stress around Norwalk, whether it’s via a simple walk or a good book. These options don't require much effort, but they’re likely to have positive effects on your overall stress level. Ready, set, de-stress!
1) Head to the Beach
We recently posted about the best beaches close to your luxury apartment in Norwalk, but we’ll say it once more: you can’t beat the beach for relaxation. It’s the quintessential relaxation spot, and researchers credit the calm environment--aka “Blue Space”-- for joy-boosting benefits. Throw a towel on the sand, don’t forget sunscreen, and soak up the sunshine and peaceful sounds of the shore. Calf Pasture Beach is a great pick near The Waypointe, and since you’re a resident, you won’t have to pay for parking (just ensure you have a resident pass, available on the official site).
2) Kick Back
Some people love zoning out with video games. Others love reading the latest crime mysteries. Still others love buying a large popcorn and settling into a cushy seat at the movie theater (check out the Garden Cinemas in Norwalk) for a couple hours. You know which one appeals to you--it’s time to indulge in your favorite “feel good” entertainment. Now, we know screen time isn’t “cure-all” for stress, as there are limits to its effectiveness. But as long as you keep it short, then move on something equally wonderful on this list, you’ll reap the biggest benefits.
3) Walk it Out
No, you don’t have to run for 45 minutes. Scientists have discovered that even a 10-minute walk produces mood-boosting (and stress busting) benefits. This is one area you might want to put more effort into later on, as you discover how much better you feel! You can go hiking, explore dance classes in Norwalk, join Norwalk sport leagues, swim in our saltwater pool, or just head down to our on-site state-of-the-art fitness center. For now, just take it easy and stroll down Norwalk’s Main Street. (Pro tip: Sweet Sabrina’s Cake is right there! Don’t miss it.)
4) Explore Your Creative Side
Whether you loved or hated “art time” in preschool, it’s time to explore your creative side. Painting, drawing, knitting, playing an instrument, creatively writing--there are so many options for you, even if you don’t consider yourself a world-class artist. There’s nothing like branching out and trying new things to break you out of stressful mindset!
5) Spend Time with Friends
Remember the people you used to hang out with before things got so crazy? Start cutting as many extraneous things out of your schedule as you can, and add in a friend or significant another time. Why? Because it’s more important than you think. We humans are very social creatures (even the introverted ones among us), and we crave that connection. When you hang out with friends, you actively reduce your stress.
What are you waiting for? You don’t even have to leave The Waypointe to reduce stress--just watch a movie in the lounge with friends, or have a BBQ and go swimming. Make this the summer to relax, Waypointers! If you haven’t yet moved into The Waypointe, get in touch with us today, and take your first step toward easy, luxurious living.