Is the stress in your life beginning to feel like a runaway train? Whenever you feel like you’re getting caught up, there’s another basketball game or holiday dinner that finds its way onto your schedule. And just like that, you’re behind once again.
But if you really want to get ahead of the stress, there are a few things you should start doing today to remove stress naturally. It’s a process, for sure, but it’s easier than you might think.
Follow these tips for destressing your household and becoming stress free once and for all.
Mess and clutter in your home environment is more than just an eyesore. It can actually encourage feelings of stress and anxiety. So try to keep things as tidy as possible. And at the very least, clean off all the floors, countertops and furniture surfaces. It’s not just mess that’s a problem. It’s also clutter, so keep your decor as minimal as possible within your taste.
Diffuse Calming Oils
When stress is high, you can combat the negative energy by diffusing calming oils like chamomile, lavender and ylang ylang. If nothing else, you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into a spa whenever you enter your home. It’s just one more way to help you leave the stress of your day at work.
Cook More at Home
When you cook more meals at home, you’ll reduce harmful chemicals, salt and fat in your diet. And when you’re eating healthier whole foods, you’ll also consume more nutrients. And nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium can help equip your body to better handle any stress that may come your way. Look for quick and easy recipes, so cooking doesn’t add to your stress.
Get the family together to get into a daily exercise routine. It could be as simple as going for a 30-minute walk after dinner every night, but be sure everyone gets moving. When you exercise, your body releases stress-busting endorphins that will instantly make you feel more peaceful.
And if you can’t make time to exercise together, that’s okay. Just be sure everyone has an exercise routine daily. Exercise is one of the best natural stress busters around.
When you’re feeling stressed, it’s easy to stay stuck in that place. Since you’re feeling anxiety on all levels, you feel like you’re supposed to sit and ruminate over your problems. But that’s actually one of the worst things you can do. Instead, plan to keep busy with the family while you’re all at home. When you’re having fun, you’re a lot less likely to think about any problems or to-do lists you may have. And as a bonus, it’s literally impossible to feel anxiety while you’re laughing. So have more laughs and enjoy your time.
Reset Your Priorities
When you feel stress starting to come on, it may be a good time to reprioritize your list of things to do. When you put the “have tos” ahead of the “want tos,” it’s easier to see what might be able to drop off your list. And while you’re at it, you may want to ruthlessly cut a few things out. If you have too much on your plate, something will suffer anyway. May as well admit you can’t do it all before you drive yourself crazy. If you can delegate something, do so. If not, just let everyone know you’re overextended and can’t handle the task at this time.
Schedule Some “Me Time”
It’s especially important to find time for yourself amid some of the most stressful moments in your life. This sounds counterintuitive, but if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t have the capacity to care for others. No matter how you look at it, “me time” is important.
If you’re feeling especially stressed at home, understand that it’s normal to go through periods of anxiety. In most cases, these times are temporary. Take care of yourself and your family, and be sure to prioritize what’s real and what’s imagined stress (on your part or someone else’s). When you can take a step back and look at your situation objectively, things should get a lot easier.