The best stressbusters you can do in your loungewear
Stressful times call for relaxing clothing - and nothing can beat out premium loungewear when it’s time to unwind. But sometimes, wearing the sleekest, comfiest clothes on the planet isn’t enough! Here are 5 activities to bring those stress levels down and get energized while you rock your favorite loungewear.
Exercise is the ultimate dopamine boost. If you’re feeling a little ragged, one of the absolute best things you can do for your mental and physical health is to get your heart pumping and your body moving. Dancing, running, and even weight lifting will keep your body healthy and your mind happy. Yoga and stretching are especially great ways to relieve tension caused by stress and put some positive energy into your body.
Intense exercise, even for a few minutes, can also help focus your brain. If you’ve got a huge deadline coming up and a mountain of work, try stepping back and running around the block. It can help you see past the stress and take your project one step at a time.
Working with your hands to create some culinary joy is another perfect way to distract yourself from the problems of the world. No surprise, then, that baking became one of the world’s choice pandemic activities! Whether it’s a sourdough loaf, a batch of snickerdoodle cookies, or something savory like pizza from homemade dough, baking asks you to focus on what’s immediate and physical - with the added bonus of something tasty to sink your teeth into.
Baking is also a sensory experience, loaded with smells, tastes, and textures that can delight your body and alleviate stress. The sense of smell in particular can transport you back in time, and is often associated with special people or places that make you smile.
Drawing, painting, knitting, molding clay, and just simple doodling are all fantastic stress-slayers. When you dive into the creative process, you’re engaging the problem-solving side of your brain. Once you get lost in your creation, your mind enters a mild trance state that can boost your mood and help you fight depression and anxiety. This is that same state of mind that gives you all those great ideas in the shower.
Making art can also help you process difficult experiences. Starting a journal or working on your sketching skills can give you a new outlook on the things that are bringing you down and help you overcome them - as well as uncover some things you’ve been avoiding that are affecting your well being.
And the best part? You don’t need professional materials to make art! Whether you’ve got colored pencils, watercolors, children’s clay, or just a pencil and paper lying around, you can jump right in with almost no preparation.
It’s not just a saying. Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. Funny things pull you out of your head so you’re truly living in the moment. Whatever happened yesterday or may happen tomorrow doesn’t have any space when you’re tuned in to your favorite comic, watching a silly movie, or just goofing around with your friend. Sometimes you just need to be intentional about making space for laughter.
Can’t find anything funny? Try laughing anyway. Even fake laughter can reduce stress hormones and boost your mood, and after a few moments of acting ridiculous, there’s a good chance you’ll have yourself a genuine chuckle after all.
Take a nap
When toddlers start acting grumpy, it’s time for bed. But nap time is no less important for adults than kids! Giving yourself a little time for extra shut-eye can make a world of difference for your stress levels. A great deal of hormone regulation happens in deep sleep, and if you’re tossing and turning a lot of the night your body’s stress levels can skyrocket. So set your phone on airplane mode, put on your comfiest clothes, close your eyes, and let the real world melt away for a bit. Your body and brain will thank you for it.
Dress for stress
Transition rituals are a great signal to your brain that it’s time to move on to the next thing, and changing into your jammies is the perfect way to remind yourself to leave the woes of the day behind you and settle in for a night of self-care. After a few days with your new ritual, you’ll start to notice the difference.
Tommy John’s men’s and women’s loungewear is designed for comfort and functionality, so you can feel equally at home lying on the couch or going for a jog. The Second Skin lounge hoodie is like a warm, never-ending hug you can sink into, and the Quick-Dry shorts are built to withstand sweat while you work through your stress. Give them a try and let us know what happens to your daily stress levels.