Bust out Crayons
And an adult coloring book. The repetitive nature of filling in the lines deactivates your brain's worry center and slashes stress levels. Mearing around finger paint yields a similar effect.
Arrange a Play Date
Grab some buds and jump into a giant ball pit made for the 18 and older crowd, they are popping up all over, or set up a board game or kickball math. Taking turns and engaging with others can foster emotional bonds.
No wonder millions are grooving to early-morning dance parties. Boogying helps negate a sedentary lifestyle's ill effects including obesity and diabetes and can tack years onto your life.
In other words take a mental health day. Going all Ferris Bueller gives your brain some much needed rest and relaxation, allowing it to catch up on and process the new information you pump into it every day.
Lose Yourself in Harry Potter
Or the latest young adult craze, like Rainbow Rowell's Carry On. Reading fantasy novels can slash stress by distracting you from harsher realities. It can also evoke nostalgia which can counteract loneliness.
Blow some Bubbles
Chewing gum for about 20 minutes can curb anxiety and may lower cortisol levels. Chomping the stuff also aids slim-down efforts by sparking the brain's satiety center, which helps you feel full.