Most of us encounter stress in our lives every day – whether it’s rushing from one meeting to another, struggling to pay the bills or trying to keep on top of household chores. Stress is unavoidable in the fast-paced society we live in, but it’s important to switch off sometimes and bring balance to our lives.
Your living space is the one place you should feel relaxed, so we’ve put together a list of five ways you can de-stress at home.
1. Go for a ten-minute walk
Exercise has been proven to reduce levels of stress and release endorphins in the body – chemicals that make us feel happy. If you’re working at home or have lots of cleaning to do, you probably won’t have time to fit a gym session in or go to an exercise class, but you can take ten minutes for a quick walk. You’ll be amazed how much more relaxed you feel after a short walk outdoors.
2. Decorate with calming colours
The colour you choose to put on your walls can have a huge impact on your mood. A study conducted by Minnesota State University found that red décor increases stress levels, while white and green have a calming effect.
Painting your walls green will therefore create a less stressful environment. Muted colours and any shades in the blue spectrum are more conducive to a calming atmosphere, so using a mixture of subdued greens and blues on the wall is a great way to de-stress. This abstract mural from Photowall is perfect and has a soothing effect.
3. Drink green tea
Green tea contains theanine – an amino acid found in tea plants – which makes people feel relaxed (it’s also what gives green tea its unique flavour). Green tea is also very low in caffeine – and everyone knows what caffeine does to stress levels! If you drink a lot of coffee and tea, try to stop drinking them after noon if you can’t cut out caffeinated drinks completely. Stick to green tea instead, you’ll soon start to notice a difference in your mood.
4. Get eight hours sleep a night
We need seven to eight hours sleep a night in order to benefit properly. Sleep is when we recharge our batteries for the next day and our stress levels drop, so if you’re not getting enough sleep you’ll be more stressed throughout the day. If you struggle to get to sleep, remember that you’re not supposed to look at a TV or computer screen just before getting into bed. If you need something to occupy you for a while, read a book instead.
Meditation has been used as a way to de-stress for thousands of years. Take the time to sit quietly every morning, and try to empty your mind. It’s more difficult than it sounds, so you might want to listen to a meditation CD or podcast at first to help. This video on Youtube is 21 minutes long and is designed to help with anxiety, stress and self-acceptance.
Now you’ve learnt some tips on how to de-stress, remember to try them whenever your at home. Stress is an unavoidable part of our lives, but there are plenty of solutions to help when you’re in the comfort of your own home.