Look, I get it, stress is unavoidable, however, it doesn’t mean that we have to allow ourselves to become the victims of stress and all the negative things that come with it. Our homes should be the place that we retreat to to find comfort and relaxation. It should be a place where we can unwind and simply feel at ease. This is why I’ve come to the realization in order to have a healthy body and mind that you need a stress free place to go. Here are some of the things I’ve done to try and de-stress my home to make it more welcoming and comfortable.
Get Rid of Clutter
I’ve noticed that a clear and calm mind goes hand in hand with a clear environment. This is why I always try to make sure that my home is free from clutter. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have some of your favorite things on display as part of the décor, it just means you don’t have to have a bunch of stuff out on display. Either get rid of the things that you just don’t feel attached to or store items away and to switch things up a bit exchange the stored ones for the ones that have been on display for awhile.
Get Your Chores Done
I’m the first to admit that it’s really easy to put off those smaller chores we all deal with, especially if really busy. However, if you ignore the laundry for example, it’s just going to keep growing and growing and before you know it, you’re all stressed out over the amount of laundry you have to do. I find it important to try and stay on top of all the small things so they don’t turn into huge problems later on down the road. This is really going to cut down on the stress at home.
Plenty of Light
I always make sure that there is plenty of light flowing into a room, especially the kitchen and living room because I spend a lot of time in both places. The presence of natural lighting is healthy and can lower stress levels and lessen the chance of getting depressed. This is especially true during the darker and colder months of winter. So, I always make sure that I have all the blinds and curtains open during the day to let in as much natural sunlight as I possible can.
Stock Up on the Healthy Foods
We all like to snack and that’s why I try to keep healthy snacks stocked in the kitchen. Stress can make us think we are hungrier than we really are so it’s important to make sure that you have plenty of healthy foods that you can reach for when you need to lower your stress levels or you need some fuel to get you going. I make sure I have plenty of fresh fruits and veggies that are great for both a healthy mind and body. I like to have on hand some of the following:
• Peanut Butter
• Nuts such as pistachios, almonds, walnuts, cashews and sunflower seeds
• Healthy snack bars made with nuts and fruits
Add Fresh Flowers
I really love flowers and this is why I like to make sure that I have plenty in my garden that I can pick and then put in vases all over my house. When it’s not growing season I still go and buy a few bouquets to place around my home. You’d be amazed at how much a bouquet of fresh flowers can brighten up your day and calm you down.
Have Your Own “Calm Space”
Even though I try to make sure that my whole house is stress free I still have that special space in my home that I can use to retreat to when I just need some quiet time. I have a nice calm space set up in my spare bedroom that includes a rocking chair, a night stand that has a water feature and an electronic wind chime along with some reading material. I find that when I spend a little time in this small, yet calming space that both my mind and body feel refreshed.
I hope that this post has inspired you to find ways to make your home a more comfortable and calming place to be one that is a lot less stressful so that you’ll always have a place that you can unwind and relax.