May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health affects how we think, feel and act, and is important at every stage of life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed at times, but there are several ways to cope.
Here’s how a porch swing can help incorporate tips for reducing stress and potentially improve your well-being:
Try a Relaxing Activity
Sometimes you just need a quiet place to rest and relax - and a porch swing is an ideal setting. Make your favorite cup of tea, or even just a glass of water, and gently sway on your swing. Even just a few minutes in the morning or evening might make a big difference in your mood.
Talk With Friends, Neighbors, and Family
The CDC recommends talking with friends, neighbors, and family to help cope with the stress of life. Sharing what we feel overwhelmed by with others can help promote resilience and reduce our stress levels. And that works two ways - listening to others can also be helpful. Aren’t sure how to start the conversation on your porch swing? Consider beginning with the below questions:
How are you feeling?
How’s it going for you these days?
What are you doing to take care of yourself?
How are you keeping in touch with family and friends?
Take Breaks From the News and Social Media
It’s easy in today’s world to spend hours glued to our phones scrolling through the news and social media. While it can be good to stay informed, the CDC recommends taking breaks throughout the day (even if only for a few minutes). So leave your phone inside and walk out to your porch swing - the perfect place to sit, relax, and forget about the news.
Meditation can be a powerful way to improve mental health and have control over our thoughts. But sometimes it’s difficult to find a quiet place where we can be alone. A porch swing can easily be that place for peace and solitude - It’s located outside of the home away from others. All you have to do is close your eyes and focus on your breath! Similar to taking a break from your phone and the news, there doesn’t need to be a time requirement with meditation in order for you to feel the benefits. Not to mention meditating in nature can be extra soothing.
The World’s Most Versatile Porch Swing: The Organic Swing
The Organic Swing is the world’s most versatile porch swing, designed to maximize relaxation, beauty, and togetherness with its moveable seatbacks. Made from rust-proof, zero VOC black powder-coated steel and slatted bench deck, with seat backs made from sustainably harvested cypress or walnut wood, The Organic Swing provides natural comfort and remarkable strength.
Suspended from corrosion-resistant wire rope for a distinctively modern look and added durability, it’s the ultimate resistance to weather. Additionally, The Organic Swing is made with architectural-quality materials and craftsmanship that will last a lifetime.
It's a focal point, a meeting place, a conversation starter.
With our high-quality, made-in-the-USA construction, the conversation will continue for years to come.