It’s a difficult time for everyone at the moment.
In many ways, lockdown no.3 has been the toughest yet – with dark nights and rainy weather, busy work schedules, and no sign of a holiday any time soon.
Which is why self-care is more important than ever before. Looking after yourself is crucial to your physical, emotional and mental health. You need to treat yourself to a little ‘me time’ every now and again. So, this weekend, why not try ‘Self-Care Sunday’?
This is the human equivalent of pressing the reset button. Just 24 hours, before the working week begins, to focus solely on you and do something that you really enjoy. A mood-boosting activity that puts a big smile on your face. Sounds like bliss, right? And to get you started, here we’ve rounded up a few rope-inspired suggestions for you to consider.
3 self-care ideas that utilise rope
1. Do some rope exercise
There’s strong evidence that physical activity is good for our mental wellbeing, apparently, it can help to significantly boost levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. And these are known as the ‘feel good’ hormones, proven to lift people’s mood.
So, why not put aside a few hours on Sunday and try some rope exercises?
Our recent blog ‘3 rope exercises to try this new year’ explains a few of the most popular, including resistance training, skipping and battle ropes. These are all pretty easy to master and are a great option for all ability levels. They can all be done from the comfort of home and you don’t need any expensive gym equipment. Just a couple of high-quality ropes and a touch of motivation.
2. Learn a new skill or take up a hobby
Another fantastic self-care idea is to throw yourself into a new hobby.
Hobbies are a great way to take your mind off the day-to-day humdrum of life. They’re a form of mindfulness; giving you something fun to focus on for a couple of hours. And studies have shown they can reduce stress by up to 34% and have a huge positive impact on our mental health.
Think of something you’ve always wanted to try (but perhaps have never had the time!). Maybe you could have a go at knitting or macramé? Here at RopesDirect, we have everything you need to get started, including braided cotton cords and ropes, and a step-by-step macramé guide for beginners.
Alternatively, you could sift through our blog pages for a little inspiration. We have numerous ‘How To’ guides that explain how to create wall hangings, rope mirrors, hammocks, cat scratching posts, rope seats, and more. Take a look and at least one of our DIY projects is bound to catch your eye!
3. Spend quality time with your family
Due to lockdown, it may feel like you’ve spent more time with your family than ever before. But between homeschooling and working from home, when was the last time you did something fun?
Interestingly, connecting with those you love the most has been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, whilst boosting feelings of happiness, well-being and self-esteem. So, why not embrace this self-care idea, and put aside a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon to play some rope games with the kids – such as limbo, tug of war and skipping? Or maybe have an arts and crafts session with your partner?
Again, our blog is full of suggestions, with plenty of rope-based activities for you to try. Just choose something that you think everyone will enjoy and spend some quality time together.
Start your self-care today with new rope
If you’d like to carve out a bit of time for you this weekend, why not invest in a couple of ropes and have a go at some of the self-care ideas listed above?
Here at RopesDirect, we stock a comprehensive range of products that are perfect for these rope activities, including bungee cords, jute rope, battle ropes, cotton cords, sisal twine and more. All of which are affordably priced and eligible for next day delivery. Just browse our online collections, add a few things to basket, and kickstart your self-care plan today.