There are plenty of reasons to be stressed these days, but being at home doesn't need to be one of them. Home is supposed to be the place you go to relax, unwind and feel good about yourself. It's supposed to be your sanctuary.
Of course, the ideal doesn't always jive with the reality, and some people find that their homes are a source of stress. Those who have children often feel that household chores — like laundry, dishes, sweeping, etc. — are overwhelming. They also feel like they can't find the peace and quiet they crave because their children are always in the background or the forefront.
On the flip side, people who live by themselves can have too much peace and quiet, and this can lead to loneliness. Those who live with friends or roommates often have squabbles about house rules, rent payments and other things. In short, while the home is supposed to be where we feel best, sometimes it turns into a place where we are the most stressed.
If you want to turn your home into the sanctuary it was meant to be, read on for 5 tips to reduce stress at home.
If you live with other people, make it a house rule to speak positive words. No one wants to be surrounded by negative people, and learning positive thinking and actions is a skill that will last a lifetime. If you live alone, schedule a time to speak with a friend who brings you up or be that friend for someone else. In any scenario, you can hang paintings or posters with inspiring quotes that fill you with good energy.
If you're surrounded by kids who all have their own wants and needs, make sure to designate a personal space for yourself where you can go and just breathe. It doesn't matter if that personal space is your bedroom, the patio or the bathroom, as long as everyone knows that when you go there, you are unavailable until you have the time to regroup.
Living with clutter can be a major source of stress, but fortunately, there are so many organizational methods, guides, and tips available today. Talk to friends, do research online and find a method that works for you. Getting started is the hardest part, but once you do, you will find that getting rid of clutter and organizing what you have can be extremely uplifting.
Yoga, meditation, painting, gardening — the list goes on. There are so many activities you can do to alleviate stress, and if you do them in your own home, you can actively change your environment from one of stress to one of calm.
Self-care can mean something different to almost everyone. For some, it can mean taking a hot bath at the end of the day or making time to go for a jog. For others, it can be learning to say no when people ask for favors, setting limits with kids, having a soulful conversation with a friend, going to a movie, etc. Only you can decide the best way to take care of yourself so you can operate at your best - physically, emotionally and mentally.
When you take the time to truly care for yourself, the possibilities are endless. Reduced stress, improved health, enriched relationships and more are all possible results. It just takes the conviction to know that you're worth it and the motivation to get going.