Are you feeling the pressure at home? Do you find it hard to unwind? Stress affects us all in different ways and can be damaging to our health.
Fortunately, there are several steps we can take to manage stress, especially in the home. This is important as we spend a vast amount of our time at home, and identifying how to reduce stress in our home life can make other areas of our lives more productive.
The small steps we take can make a big difference. A significant factor in beating stress is to have a plan of action and not let it overwhelm you.
Consider these top tips to reduce stress at home:
Clean, tidy rooms make a difference
When you are trying to reduce stress, having a clean, organized environment can be crucial. Whether you clean once a week or spend some time each day putting things together, keeping your space free from clutter and dirt will positively impact your mood.
- Having a specific space for your essential items and ensuring they’re within easy reach can enhance productivity and reduce stress.
- Having a calm, clean space to relax and entertain can keep anxieties at bay and provide you with a safe, calming haven to retreat to.
Write down your thoughts
Sometimes our thoughts race and our minds become jumbled. Write down your most pressing worries in a journal. You could write about relationship concerns, money, or construct a to-do list for the next day.
- Writing your thoughts down is a brilliant way to release your worries and organize your mind, so you can see things more clearly.
- You’ll find your thoughts are less cluttered and you have more time to enjoy the present moment.
When we are out on the go, we can neglect our stomachs, grabbing a quick pick-me-up here and there and not paying attention to our nutritional needs.
- Whatever your schedule looks like, take time in the home to cook meals. Plan nutritious meals rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts.
- The act of cooking alone can de-stress you, as you can have fun and focus all of your energies entirely on creating a delicious dish at that moment.
- Cook with friends, your partner, children, or visitors you have for the weekend! If you take time out at home to fuel your body, you will fuel your mind.
Get a garden
You may think that you have already enough on your plate and do not need to add any to your workload. But getting out into the garden and having a workout digging at your soil can be very relaxing. And if you have no backyard, even putting some pots on your balcony or your windowsill can be a good start.
- Spending time in nature can be very relaxing. Even if it is just a few minutes a day, find a moment to get out and take care of your plants. Watch like your tomatoes are growing, flowering, and getting fruits.
- Enjoy the moment of being outside and involved in a different activity. Forget about the worries of the day and be present in the moment when you unleash your creativity in developing your gardening space. Notice the scents, colors, textures, and sounds around you and the calming effect they have on your soul.
- Feel the satisfaction and accomplishment of harvesting some fresh and organic food that you have grown with your own hands. Start slow and with easy to care varieties and step up as your experience grows.
Create a relaxing sleep environment
Getting proper sleep is so important in controlling your stress. It gives your body and mind an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate. It regulates your hormones and improves your mood. Good sleep is extremely crucial for stress control.
- Set up your bedroom to be a relaxing, peaceful environment. Get rid of any distracting clutter and distractions like TV. Your bedroom should be reserved for relaxation.
- Create an environment conducive to sleep. During the night the room should be completely dark and silent, have a comfortable bed, and a temperature slightly cooler than the rest of the house. If needed, consider using eye shades and earplugs, in case you cannot create the environment you need to relax.
- Limit your screen time before going to bed. The blue light emitted by screens can interfere with the production of melatonin. Avoid using electronic devices like Computers, TVs, tablets, and cell phones for an hour before bedtime and engage in screen-free activities that help you to relax.
- Develop a relaxing bedtime routine. Involve in activities that are relaxing and signal your body to wind down. That can include a warm bath, relaxing music with candlelight, reading a book, having a chat with your partner, or drinking a calming tea.
- Be sure to sort out your thoughts before hitting the bed, like resolving a conflict with your partner or paying an unpaid bill. If you are worried, pray to God and ask Him to give you peace and calmness.
Decorate your space
Get your creative mind in gear and turn your home into a tranquil paradise. Buy matching furnishings with the colors you love. Fill the room with plants and a few accessories that represent you. Even a few tweaks in decorating your space can make a huge impact.
- We can’t always control how our workspaces look or the dull, joyless spaces we sometimes find ourselves in. We can, however, control how our abode looks, and this calming project can help you feel in control as you spruce up your space!
Separate work and home spaces
In a world where we’re increasingly working from home, one way to banish stress is to have a section in your home dedicated to work and separate areas dedicated to relaxing.
- Avoid taking your laptop to bed with you or eating in the same space you associate with work. Keep them separate to keep your mind clutter-free.
- Have set time for your work and know to switch off when you are in your free time.
There are so many effective ways to manage stress at home. When your professional life is stressful, create a safe, supportive home life where you can banish stress, unwind, and make memories that you want to remember for many days to come.
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Martin Neumann was trained for Lifestyle Interventions in 1998 at Wildwood Lifestyle Center & Hospital. Since then he has lectured in different parts of the world about a healthy lifestyle and natural remedies. He is the founder of the Abundant Health website.