Simple Ways To De-Stress at Home
Feeling stress is a natural reaction to the negative issues that surround us every day. A complaining boss at work, getting stuck in traffic, worrying about money… stress kicks in and we enter that fight or flight mode as a consequence. Feeling stress can be a good thing as it helps us deal with life events, although if we let it get the better of us, it can have a negative impact on our health. However, we can take action to alleviate the symptoms, and some of what we can do can happen when we come home at the end of each day, metaphorically and literally shutting the door to the stressful events that happen in our lives outside.
There are some simple things you can do to de-stress at home. These can include:
Watch Something Funny on TV
Studies have shown that laughter can decrease stress hormones, so if you have a favorite comedy program or movie you enjoy watching, put your feet up, grab a bowl of popcorn, and tickle your funny bone. You don’t have to rely on the tv to have a good laugh, of course, as you can also watch funny cat videos on YouTube, or invite friends over to have a laugh and banter with. Do anything that makes you feel happy, and takes your mind off those negative stressors.
Take Time to Breathe
When we are feeling stressed, our anxiety level affects our breathing pattern, elevates our heart rate, and increases our blood pressure. By just taking time to focus on our breathing, we can reduce the pent-up tensions we feel. Have a look at these breathing exercises, find something that works for you, and the next time your mind and body are riddled with stress, take a few minutes to practice one of these simple techniques.
Use Some Calming Activities
Simple, repetitive activities at home can distract your mind and calm your nerves. What those activities are depend on you and the things you find useful, but some people consider crossword puzzles, needlecraft, and painting particularly useful. A common trend at the moment is coloring, and there are loads of adult coloring books available. So, while you may not be very good at the some of the other activities we mentioned, you could simply purchase the best gel pens for coloring and a book to engage you in a calming activity.
Get Some Fresh Air
Taking a few breaths of fresh air can calm you down, lightening your mood and promoting a sense of well-being. Simply opening a window can be enough, especially if you have a nice view to look out upon. Going out into the garden can also be effective. As we mentioned in our of our previous articles, gardening can reduce the stress you feel and improve your mental health. It’s also an easy way to exercise, as pottering around the garden can release those feel-good chemicals into your brain.
No matter how stressed you feel, try and avoid comfort eating, as this isn’t the best option for you health-wise. A good diet will improve both your physical and mental health, giving you the capacity to better deal with anything that is causing you stress. Even the simple act of cooking is useful, as this is another repetitive activity that can distract your anxious mind.
Do some or all of these things the next time you feel stressed. While the things that are causing your anxiety may not go away, taking part in de-stressing activities will help you get a better perspective on those stressors because of the calming of your mind and nerves. I hope you’ll find these tips useful the next time you walk in the door after a long day!
Which one do you see yourself trying first? Feel free to share some other tips and tricks!