Self-care is critical for maintaining your mental, emotional and physical health. Self-care isn’t something you don’t like to do or something you force yourself to do—and it’s not selfish, either. When you make yourself a priority, you’re less likely to become exhausted, emotionally drained, and no good to anyone—including yourself.
Reduce stress at home:
There are few things better than walking through the door after a long day into an atmosphere that encourages you to unwind and de-stress. Make your home your partner in relaxation by creating a soothing, clutter-free environment. It’s a scientific fact that the less “stuff” you have littering your home, the less cluttered your mind will feel, so throw away or donate clothes you haven’t worn in the last year, decor you’ve outgrown, and knick knacks that no longer hold any sentimental value. If you’re having trouble letting things go, start small by moving the belongings you can live without to a storage unit, which is a relatively inexpensive buy; the overall average price of a self-storage unit over the last six months has been $94.57 in New York, NY—a small price to pay for your sanity!
Other ways to reduce stress at home include:
- Brighten rooms.
- Play calming music.
- Dedicate a technology-free room.
Here are a few more tips to de-stress your home.
The best stress-relievers:
It’s rare to experience a completely stress-free day, but when you find yourself overwhelmed with intense, chronic, or unmanaged stress, your mental and physical health suffer. Stress-relief isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition, so here’s a list of proven techniques that you can use and adapt based on your mood and situation. Some might perfectly complement your daily routine. Others might work better in specific circumstances.
Guided Imagery: Guided imagery helps you de-stress by quickly and efficiently relaxing your body.
Journaling: Whether you create a gratitude journal where you record all the positive things that happen each day, scrawl out your frustrations, create lists, plans and goals, or a combination of all three, research shows that journaling is beneficial to de-stressing. You find a journal or notebook for as little as $2 or $3—worth every penny!
Meditation: Meditation’s great for short- and long-term stress relief and relaxation. You can use it every day to reset your brain and body, or as a quick fix to re-center yourself when your body’s reacting physically to a stressful situation.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR): This technique allows you to relax each of your body’s muscles by working your way up from your feet to the top of your head.
Yoga: This ancient art of relaxation and meditation blends breathing exercises, stretching and meditation to create a sense of inner calm and balance.
Deep breathing: This simple technique requires just a few minutes of your time.
Family & friends game night: Spending time with friends and family by playing games helps take your mind off stressors, encourages laughter and camaraderie, and is a balm for the blues.
Taking a walk or going for a jog: Nature’s a fantastic environment in which to recharge your batteries while you get a little vitamin D and clear your head. A walk helps you to clear your head—even if you take just a 10-minute jaunt outside your office. A jog might require a bit more time, but when you get into the rhythm of the run, you can enter an almost meditative state.
Listening to music: Whatever your jam, create a variety of playlists to match your different moods. A funky, upbeat collection is great for getting energized, while smooth jazz creates a relaxing atmosphere. Soft instrumental tracks are perfect for winding down.
Saying no: If you say “yes” too often, you end up overcommitted and frustrated. Learn the value of saying “no” more frequently.
Exercise: Exercise not only improves your physical health, but your mental health, too. It increases endorphins, serotonins and other neurotransmitters that improve mood and energy.
For a list of 70 ways to reduce stress, visit VeryWellMind.com.
Creating your own meditation space:
You can organize a meditation space from your home’s main traffic flow via a small, unused guest room or even a nook in the attic. You don’t need much space to carve out a spot to practice mindfulness. Your area can include:
- Natural light
- Pillows or mats
- Soothing music
- Essential oils
- Nature—whether with plants, flowers, photos, or all three
Actively planning time each day for self-care ensures that you maintain a healthy relationship with yourself. It encourages a healthy work-life balance. It reduces the toxic effects of stress. Regardless of the self-care strategies you choose, incorporating one or two into your daily routine is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.
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