World Sauntering Day: Simple ways to take a break from the hustle

Sauntering refers to walking in a gradual, relaxed manner, often in no particular direction
World Sauntering Day: Simple ways to take a break from the hustle

For fans of Doraemon, the concept of a citywide rest day might be familiar. In one memorable episode, Nobita and Doraemon hilariously struggle to navigate a day where everyone takes a break. This scenario, while exaggerated, underscores a truth about our fast-paced lives. We often find time for everything except to relax and rejuvenate. Sauntering, which means taking a leisurely walk and celebrates savouring the simple pleasures of life, is an antidote to our hectic routines.

The best way to relax and celebrate a saunter day is to literally go for a slow walk in nature. Disconnect your mind from the tech-savvy world and take a leisurely stroll, observing and immersing yourself in the natural surroundings. The sweet aroma of flowers, the slow chirping of birds, and the gentle breeze can be a great and cost-effective way to soothe your mind and leave behind the stress of the world. If this piques your intrigue, here are three other activities to help you make the most of your day of rest:

Indulge in a hobby

A hobby relaxes the mind, whether you're sitting and reading or dusting off your cricket bat for a match. Relaxation doesn't look the same for everyone. Hobbies help you unwind and even physically exerting activities can lead to better sleep at night. Finding joy in your hobbies can significantly enhance your overall well-being.

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The magic of music

This might be one of the quickest and most effective ways to push the pause button on your racing thoughts and live in the moment, even if it is just for a few minutes. Music has the magical ability to steer your emotions, guiding them as it wishes. When you feel overwhelmed, put on a slow song and relax. If you need a burst of energy, play an upbeat tune and let your mind take a break from its daily grind.

Disconnect from connections

Honestly speaking, these days disconnecting from your digital connection is also a kind of meditation. Technology does help us feel connected to the outside world and get updated of all the new developments happening around. But too much of a connection might also make you feel busy and stressed. Knowing when to unplug, recharge and rejuvenate away from your smart friends is also a part of the relaxation routine.

Prioritising moments of calm, can help effectively manage stress, enhance well-being, and appreciate the simple pleasures that life has to offer. So, take time for yourself on World Sauntering Day and discover the profound benefits of slowing down and enjoying the present moment.

(Written by S Shruthi Darshini)

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