One of the greatest New Year resolutions I come across is to live a more stress-free life. Accordingly, in this blog, I’d like to share a few of the best tips on how to create a stress-free home.
So many push through hectic and busy days – day in and day out – that the last thing you need is to come home to a stressful environment. I’m not going to get into the dangers of stress, however, in short, a stressful life has been proven to be detrimental to one’s mind, body, and soul.
Thankfully, with a few tweaks to your home, you can find yourself relaxing in your own tranquil, stress-free, oasis.
1) Remove clutter – Clutter in your physical environment has been shown to clutter your mind and spirit. In turn, removing clutter has been shown to declutter one’s mind and soul. In fact, a study by UCLA’s Centre on Everyday Lives of Families presented that clutter at home can spike your stress hormones (which on an aside, elevated stress hormones have been linked to weight gain). Another study confirmed that you can’t focus properly when there is too much going on around you, thus also hindering your productivity. Therefore, by decluttering, not only do you reduce your stress, but you also improve your physical and mental health. If you’re familiar with Feng Shui, you may have heard that an important element of implementing Feng Shui is to remove clutter, as clutter absorbs positive energy (whether seen or not seen). One of the best sources on how to remove clutter is Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Marie Kondo states, “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle … The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: Does this spark joy? If it does, keep it.”
2) Create a dedicated relaxation space – Choose a room or space where you can go to after a chaotic day to unwind. This space can be an office, extra bedroom, or even just a corner nook. Wherever this may be in your home, set it up so that it’s peaceful, relaxing, and inspiring.
3) Add more houseplants – Indoor plants not only brighten a room, but they have been proven to reduce stress, purify air, absorb toxins, humidify the room, and boost creativity as well as productivity.
4) Switch out the overly vibrant color scheme with calming tones – Greatly bold, vibrant colors can be beautiful, but too much of it can hinder relaxation. If your home is overly vibrant, try switching it out to a color scheme with more natural hues (i.e. light blue, green, and/or muted white).
5) Improve your sleeping habits – As adults, we need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Whereas lack of sleep can make the day ahead difficult, too much can make you feel tired. To get ready for bed, try creating a night-time routine where you can unwind from the day. Try clearing your mind of all the chaos prancing in your head by brain dumping everything onto a sheet of paper. Then, spend some time on yourself (i.e. taking a relaxing bath, putting on a face mask, or reading one of your favorite books). Finally, as you step into bed, make sure the room is appropriately cool, dark, and your bed is layered comfortably for a good night’s rest.
6) Designate an area to exercise – Exercise can not only help you reach your health and fitness goals, but it will help you reduce stress and improve your sleep. Therefore, if the thought of jumping into the car and heading to the gym can be overwhelming, then designate a spot in your home where you can exercise – fancy equipment is not necessary for a fully body, aerobic and toning workout. In fact, whether you like to jump rope, run up and down stairs, watch a work-out video on your phone, lift weights, or do body exercises, you don’t need much room and can do it all in the comfort of your own home.
7) Increase your home’s natural lighting – Lack of lighting (particularly during the winter months) has been linked to depression. Therefore, avoid blocking the light from entering your room with heavy curtains, blinds, or even trees.
There you have it!
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