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Stress – the single most fatal source of practically all sorts of ailments, like obesity, troublesome digestive system, anxiety and the like – chips away at our health like a termite. Since all stress triggers are not within our control when we’re on the go, like at the office, or when stuck in traffic, why don’t you start at home? It’s simpler and within your conscious control. Your home should be the ultimate source of mental peace and comfort. As you must have undoubtedly heard the old adage, “Home is where the heart is!” Follow these simple rules to create a stress-free environment at home at all times.
1. De-clutter and Get Super Organized
If you have suffered due to your own careless habits of staying messy and do not have properly designated places for your stuff, I’m sure you know what a super-stress inducer it is. Your temper and blood pressure can shoot up like mercury in a thermometer if you come back to a haphazard messy home after a hectic day. And if you have young kids or elderly people at home to look after, then getting organized is an absolute necessity for you. Sometimes, people do opt for senior care services if they feel they cannot handle such a huge amount of stress.
2. Emulate the Outside Environment, Inside
Greenery in your environment and in your diet is both stress busting and is believed to alleviate stress quite effectively. They calm your nerves and soothe your mind and automatically get you doing your daily chores with minimum stress. Studies on this matter have shown that making plants your best friend is a source of tranquility in your life. Even the color combinations that you use are believed to relieve stress in their own unique way. Place potted plants strategically around your home to give it a pleasant effect.
3. The Lighting Effect
The right amount of lighting will create the desired effect, and compliment your mood. Extreme bright overhead lights are not suitable for a serene home environment. Your bedrooms, study, and drawing room all serve their individual purposes and you should lighten them up accordingly. Dim light and soft music can be the perfect combination to drift yourself off to sleep. Your study room should be well-lit so that your mood is enhanced to concentrate on studying. Figure out what suits your nature best.
4. Smell Good to Feel Good
Keep your stress levels at a minimum by keeping your surroundings smelling good at all times. Psychological effects on the brain help enhance your overall well-being. To propagate these pleasant smells around the house you can opt for essential oils, jasmine or vanilla essence, or citrus fusions. Everyone has their own choice when it comes to odors and pleasant smells. Your towel, bed sheets and clothes can all lift up your spirits if they are in mint condition and smell like a bed of roses. Lavender sprays can lighten up the atmosphere undoubtedly.
Create your own individual ‘cozy corner’
We all play several roles throughout the day, serving in various capacities and trying our level best to deliver the best. However, stress buildup may take a toll on us which may exhaust us and affect our productivity. Creating your own personal space helps you nurture your inner self and you realize the importance of self-care. However, you should keep in mind that the special space that you reserve for yourself should totally be yours and a ‘no-entry’ zone for others. Surround it with things that are your personal favorites, these may be books, a soft cushion or a cozy blanket. You do not necessarily have to go overboard with making yourself comfortable, it’s all a matter of mental peace that takes you a long way.
James Smith is a passionate Health and Lifestyle Blogger who loves to write on trending topics. He is a featured author at various health and lifestyle blogs. Follow him on twitter @Jamessmith1609.