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It’s National Stress Awareness Day, so we’ve put together this list of Scout stress-busters for you to try – with or without your Scouts...

 

1. Take a hike!

Going for a hike – or a fast-paced walk – works wonders for stress relief on so many levels. From getting your blood pumping to allowing your brain to experience nothing but the sound of birds in the trees (and chattering Scouts), walking is a great place to start if you want to de-stress.

2. Play a team game.

We’ve all heard that sport is a great way to relieve stress, and team sports are particularly good – you get the double whammy of a racing heart and a release of endorphins as well as the social interaction that comes with playing (or refereeing) a wide game!

3. Cuddle a pet.

Puppies Stress Buster

Not only are small animals adorable, but having one around can help relieve anxiety, lower blood pressure and put a smile on your face. If you don’t have one of your own to borrow, lots of local dog shelters will lend theirs out for a couple of hours.

4. Get crafting.

Lots of arty activities stimulate both sides of the brain at once, which means you have no choice but to get totally engrossed in what you’re doing. You might be the next Picasso or simply join your Beavers in a spot of finger painting – either way, a little bit of creativity goes a long way to help you forget about a horrible day.

5. Have a giggle.

Laughter is one of the quickest and easiest ways to relieve tension and can help you relax in the long-term as well as right now! Whether you need to head to YouTube to watch videos of singing cats, or persuade your Cubs to put on a comedy gang show, having a laugh is a quick (and free!) way to stop those stress levels in their tracks.

6. Release some of that hot air.

Balloon Arch

Blowing up balloons (yes, really) can help reduce stress levels because the act of inflating them forces your body to regulate and deepen its breathing. You could hold a balloon race or release some balloons to celebrate a Scout’s birthday or the last night of camp.

7. Get organised!

Whether that means planning an extra week of Scout group activities or getting an essay finished more than an hour before your deadline, plenty of studies have shown that the less you have to do at the last minute, the more relaxed you are. Plus, with all that extra time you can...

8. Eat all the chocolate.

Chocolate

The science? Eating small amounts of chocolate every day – about five pieces – can reduce the amount of cortisol (the hormone that causes stress in the first place) in your bloodstream. The upside? You get to eat chocolate – an activity that everyone can get on board with!

 

What activities help you de-stress? Let us know on our Facebook page, or Tweet us @UKScouting.

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