6 Ways to Take a Mind Vacation in Mind

Sometimes we need to give our minds the freedom to unwind and relax. Check out our advice on taking a mind vacation.

1) Run away from your problems (literally)

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Running can clear your head as you focus on your breathing and your journey, rather than whatever worries have been troubling you. Plus, exercise releases endorphins which makes us feel happier!

2) Have a laugh

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Watch a bunch of comedy movies, have a Netflix sitcom binge or meet up with your funniest friend for a giggle. Laughter makes us feel better and will take your mind off any worries.

3) Wash away your troubles

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Take a relaxing bath with lots of bubbles and some scented candles to soothe your mind and your muscles.

4) Get lost in another world

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Immerse yourself in the strange characters and distant lands of your favourite book, to distract yourself from the stresses of the day.

5) Coo over some cute

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Snuggle up with your pet for an instant mood boost. If you don't have a pet of your own pop round to a friends or check out some cute GIFS and pics online - who doesn't love a cuddly kitten or a baby bunny?

6) Create something new

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Try baking a cake or doing some doodling. Creating something will make you feel good (especially when you get to savour the end result) and keep you busy.

If you're still feeling low or stressed it's important to talk to someone about how you feel and understand how stress affects you.

Smoking, drinking and taking drugs aren't good ways to try and forget about your problems - it often makes you feel much worse. Find out how smoking impacts you, how alcohol impacts you and how drugs impact you. If you find you're using these vices to get away from your problems - find out where you can get help.

Who can help if I feel stressed or low?

- Make an appointment with your GP
- Speak to a friend or relative you trust
- Get confidential advice from Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87
- Call Childline for free, confidential advice on 0800 1111