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With life’s constantly increasing demands, chronic or mental illness symptoms, and our schedules getting wilder by the day, it’s tough to fulfill our basic need for fun. Living with a health condition means you may not have the energy or ability to do something fun every day, but when you’re having a good day, it may be the perfect time to fit in some time for joy.

Research suggests engaging in leisure activities provides a multitude of health benefits. Having fun reduces our stress levels, helps us cope, promotes relaxation, fosters creativity, and boosts our mood, all the more reason to make it a priority. Participating in activities we enjoy increases our serotonin (that feel-good chemical in our brains), improves our focus and concentration, and even helps us sleep better. Sometimes

If you’re in need of inspiration, check out this detailed graphic by BelievePerform (@BelievePHQ), a London-based site promoting mental health and wellness — it’s guaranteed to spark a few ideas for your next adventure, whether you need a low-impact activity to avoid a flare or to get out of the house and see something new.

The most exhilarating activities are also free of cost: walking the dog, being outside in nature, gardening, going for a run, or taking an online workout class are all great ways to elevate your overall mood and wellbeing. If you’re feeling mellow, reach out to a friend you haven’t heard from in a while, write in a journal to reconnect with yourself, begin a practice of meditation, volunteer to help others in your community, or send a meaningful note of gratitude to someone you appreciate.

If you’re struggling to get motivated, start small. Even little actions can go a long way.

Header image via BelievePerform (@BelievePHQ)

Originally published: February 18, 2021
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